New York is a metropolis of global importance and the largest city in the United States. More than 8 million people live here, and many more dream about moving to New York or to one of the world famous suburbs of the city which are within the Greater New York and Metropolitan New York areas. In total there are over 20 million people within this metropolitan region. In fact the only places on the planet with more people in them are the metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Seoul and Mexico City. moving household
NY is the economic and financial heart and soul of the country, as well as one of the most famous cities in the world. It is so famous that it is the city that is most frequently mentioned in works of art and films. But this is not really surprising as the city is a symbol of power, gigantism and scope, intertwining cultures and styles and a variety of languages. The world's best examples of art, architecture, music and fashion are found in this melting pot city. It's no wonder that New York is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Such is the popularity that about 50 million people from countries around the world come to New York every year.
Relocation to NY means you will need to decide the area of the city in which you want to live. This is no easy task and will require a lot of time to reflect, absorb and ponder, because New York is a very diverse city and each of its areas is vastly different, all of which have their pluses and minuses.
Administratively the city is divided into 5 areas with Manhattan right in the center, Staten Island in the southwest, Queens in the east, the Bronx in the north and Brooklyn in the south. Each of these areas could in fact be a whole big city to itself, and if you ask a few locals I'm sure that they will tell you that it is. Let just imagine for a second what would happen if they became independent cities. Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens would still be among the ten most populous cities of the country. This gives you an idea of the scale of the area of NY and an idea of what is still waiting to be found. To get a better idea about a good living location for yourself and your family perhaps it is a good idea to travel around the city a little bit to see exactly how these areas look. You can also hire a guide or a real estate agent who will tell you what each parts of the city are and why you could like them as the place to live. Since all of them have their own attractions and negative parts.
One of the best things, and possibly most famous things, about this enormous city is that New York has a well developed transport system. This allows not only easy flow around the city itself but also makes any move to New York surprisingly easy. The transportation system is so efficient within the city that you can get from one place to another across the city in no time and without it the city would simply come to a complete stop. The Metro alone includes almost 500 stations, has a total length of over 1,300 km and it is the longest metro in the world by total length of the routes covering all regions except Staten Island. Traditionally, this system is called the subway, although 40% of the tracks and the third of all stations are on the surface and they are located at ground level or on platforms.
New York also has an extensive network of bus routes, which, daily, transports more than 2 million passengers. Included in the bus network are more than 200 local (plying exclusively in its region) and 30 high-speed (inter-regional) routes on which nearly 6,000 buses operate.
If you want to explore Roosevelt Island, you will need to use the Roosevelt Island Tramway that connects the island with Manhattan and if you are in the borough of Queens, the island can be reached by Roosevelt Island Bridge which is a magnificent structure with a width of 12 meters and a total length of 877 meters. When in the open position the bridge allows ships as tall as 30 meters to pass under it.
To get from Manhattan to Staten Island, you can use the bypass tunnels and bridges, or free ferry. But if you are looking for something a little more personal then the local taxi service is quite well developed in the city, and you can always find a bright yellow taxi and get to the location you want easily and without the fear of getting lost. And with a total of more than 13,000 there is always a taxi around when you need one.
If you are heading to New York for a taste of that big city life then please bear in mind that Manhattan is not for everyone. While it looks like the perfect place to live it does come at a cost. With little or no parking, few petrol stations and many traffic jams living downtown can come as a shock to people not used to this kind of living. The further downtown you go the higher the price as well so consider living a little further out and commuting, like most people do. So come on down to the Big Apple and start your New (York) life today!