New York City is the storied destination of American immigration. The diverse communities and enduring old-world neighbourhoods are living representations of the city’s worldly appeal.
Expats moving to New York today aren't the wide-eyed 'fresh off the boat' fortune seekers of old, but rather the jet-setting, business-savvy players of the world's economy.
At first, moving to New York can be frustrating; expats must learn to manage the competitive housing market, adjust to a new system of schooling, and find adequate employment. The work environment and the Manhattan lifestyle are brisk and energetic, and enjoying the fruits of labour is the best part of working in the 'Big Apple'.
NYC is known as the city that never sleeps and it's true that New Yorkers really do work hard and play harder. Expats moving to New York will be moving to the most populated city in the United States and will find that while space comes at a premium, they will have a host of diverse neighbourhoods to choose from. The city's well-established public transportation network is another bonus. The subway operates 24/7 and there are also buses and commuter trains for those travelling to places that are a little further afield.
As is the case throughout the USA, expats moving to New York will have to ensure they have invested in a fully comprehensive health insurance plan. This will allow them to take advantage of the leading healthcare facilities that are boasted by the city.
The standard of public schools in New York is generally good, but many expats send their children to one of the city's many excellent international schools. Fees are high and space at the most popular schools is limited, so it is best to begin the application process before relocating.
Granted, the cost of living is high, but this is just the price of admission to living in a city with endless highlights. There’s no better place in the US when it comes to broadening one's horizons, with ample opportunities to explore a dynamic nightlife, eclectic selection of restaurants and thriving theatre scene.
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