PLANNING A MOVE TO NEW YORK CITY?
***Stay away from guides and information sites that are geared towards tourists. If you are moving to New York City, you need to be able to understand how the locals live, which includes everything from real prices paid for food outside of tourist areas, to prices for apartment rentals, to how to move around the city. Sites like NotForTourists.com are great for getting first-hand information about what the city is really like.
***Find a place to stay for a while before you get to New York. Hotels in the city are notoriously expensive, and even a week spent in a hotel while looking for an apartment can set you back over a thousand dollars. Instead, locate a short term furnished apartment or by contacting Haute Properties NY.
***Be prepared to live in a much smaller space than you're used to. This is a city where some apartments have bathtubs in the kitchen! Space is at a premium in New York, and as such you'll be paying considerably more rent for considerably less space, particularly if you want to live in Manhattan (See the latest Residential Rental market Report HERE). It is likely that you won't be able to fit all of your things in your new apartment. On the flip side, a move to New York City is a great excuse to go through all of your belongings and donate, sell, or give away things you don't really need.
***Decide in advance what your style of living is so you can better choose the area you want to live in. Try and schedule at least one full week for apartment hunting, particularly if you're brand new to the area. You'll want a chance to explore the different neighborhoods and see several different apartments before committing to a one-year lease.
Make sure to also consider the length of your commute to work since you'll most likely be taking the subway to work. Having a longer commute on one subway line is usually easier than having to take shorter trips on two different subway lines. New York also has an extensive bus service, but during rush hours it's usually faster to take the subway.
Viewing as many apartments as possible and getting to know the feel of the neighborhoods will help you make an informed decision.
You can find more information on Manhattan neighborhoods here.
***Wait until you get to the city to find a job. Opportunities in New York are numerous, and many are not listed online or cannot be found unless you take to the streets. If you want to start the search beforehand, use "The New York Times" Job Market site, where you can search jobs by salary, location and categories.
***Consider selling your car if you have one. Public transportation, especially the subway system, is more than enough to take you anywhere you want to go within the city limits. Unless you have your own garage, parking in the city is not only expensive but also extremely difficult.
"The New York Times" newspaper is not only a great place to search for jobs, but also a great way to learn more about the city and what it means to live there.
Sources: eHow, MovingGuru