Real Life in NYC - page 7

I have some questions for all the NYC nurses out there, as I wish to relocate there someday (i.e., approx 2 years or so): 1. Do you love living in NYC? Why or why not? 2. Any hospitals there... Read More

  1. by   tinderbox
    Oh yeah Brooklyn is way up on my list, too. Park Slope is nice, I've heard.
    I think I've pretty much ruled out Manhattan for now. Too bad, since if I made 200k a year, I'd very much settle in Manhattan but for a 1st year - I don't think I need the added stress, along with being in a new city, of trying to scrounge for food. haha.
    Last edit by tinderbox on Jul 29, '06
  2. by   elizabells
    Quote from tinderbox
    Oh yeah Brooklyn is way up on my list, too. Park Slope is nice, I've heard.
    I think I've pretty much ruled out Manhattan for now. Too bad, since if I made 200k a year, I'd very much settle in Manhattan but for a 1st year - I don't think I need the added stress, along with being in a new city, of trying to scrounge for food. haha.
    OOH! Move to Park Slope and then we can hang out! That's where I'm moving to tomorrow! It is in fact lovely, a tad more expensive than other parts of Brooklyn, but you should be able to get a studio or 1BR for around $1000. Anything that price in Manhattan will either be in a very scary neighborhood or falling down around your ears, or both. The surrounding areas of Brooklyn are good too. I don't remember, when are you planning on moving here?
  3. by   cookielady,rn
    what about roommates? Are there boards at your hospital where you could find one? I know there are a ton of people on craigslist.
  4. by   tinderbox
    Quote from cookielady,rn
    what about roommates? Are there boards at your hospital where you could find one? I know there are a ton of people on craigslist.
    I'm past that point in my life where I could tolerate living with roommates. I really like living alone (well with pets anyway). I love having guests and friends over but cannot stand having to worry about other people's messes or how my messes may upset someone else or lack of privacy, etc etc etc... blech! Not worth it to me. I'm fine getting a 1 bedroom outside of Manhattan, in Queens or Brooklyn, as long as I don't have to have roommates. :spin:
  5. by   striker230
    For all of you out there who are thinking of making the big adventurous move to the Big Apple........DO IT! I moved here from a small, small town in Ohio and I haven't regretted one moment!

    Like many have said, every neighborhood is different so it is easy to find one that fits your personality while still being able to explore the rest of the City within minutes.

    For anyone who is thinking of moving in the near future, the southwest portion of Harlem is making a huge transition for the better (115th street area by Manhattan Ave/Morningside). Now would be the time to secure apts before the prices skyrocket!

    Commuting, for me, was totally not worth it. Most areas in Jersey that are close to the City are just as expensive and coming from an area where you could just jump in your car and be anywhere in a matter of minutes.....taking the bus into the City sucks! So, if you ask me, pay a little extra to live in the City! Just to give you an example....I rented a studio in Hackensack, NJ for $735, my share of a 2 bedroom in the above neighborhood which has subway and bus access within a block is $800!!! Oh, I kept my car too just to make those weekend getaways a little more convenient.

    I'm a recent BSN grad and getting ready to start at Beth Israel Hospital. So, they do hire new grads, they train you, and I recommend getting your experience here. Do your research on each hospital, some are union, some are not, some offer compensation for transportation, look into the benefit packages, and interview everywhere, even if you don't want to work there--it's good practice.

    For those of you single gals......when I moved here I was single and the dating scene is a blast. I met an amazing man one night at a bar, we are now sharing an apt and will be getting married July 14, 2007!!!

    If you have any questions I'll do my best to help out, and if you want a contact for when you get out here, just let me know!

    Good luck all!
  6. by   StaRNew
    Where do you leave your car? I was considering having a car in the city as well but was wondering whether to pay to put it in a garage or deal with side by side parking...
  7. by   striker230
    I park my car on the street....once you get used to alternate side, it's no big deal, you really only have to worry about it a max of 4 days of week, 3 if you plan a little :-) Gargages are mad expensive!
  8. by   cookielady,rn
    If only the rest of us could have your experience.
    Hope you'll keep in touch. A few of us will be coming next year.

    I grew up in Warren btw. Where are you from?
  9. by   striker230
    I'm not planning on going anywhere in the near future, so anyone coming out just PM me :-)
  10. by   xomandalized
    If you don't wanna go to bx, qu, or bk, you could always try staten island.
    the city is just a ferry ride away
  11. by   cookielady,rn
    I think I'd rather pay around 2k to live in Manhattan where there's a lot going on...Roosevelt Island at the furthest.
    I haven't had a roommate since 2002, and that was only for a few months. Been on my own almost 10 years, but I'm hoping to be able to find someone who's quiet and clean.

    That reminds me...do most hospitals offer overtime?
  12. by   GTChick01
    Ohhhhh, I love this thread!!!!!

    NYC is my absolute favorite place on Earth. I have visited several times, and in October '04, I packed up all my stuff and moved up there to see if I could make it. My family and friends thought I was CRAZY (and I guess I was, lol). Unfortunately, I had no degree and companies only wanted to pay me what I was making down here in Texas, and that was not feasible. I eventually moved back, but I promised myself that I'd give it another try after I graduated nursing school

    I can't wait to be back in NYC again! Can I come visit those who live there now, so I can get my fix in the meantime?
  13. by   cookielady,rn
    as long as you're not an A&M fan we can hang Course I won't be there for another 11 months.

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