Is moving to NYC a good idea for a young person with a tech job?

Is moving to NYC a good idea for a young person with a tech job?

My brother wants to try it for a year and wants me to come as well, and get an apartment together. I'm mainly concerned about the cost, which is only rising every year.

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you and your brother are each making at least 100k net of income taxes, and you are sharing rent with brother its doable

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why do sighseeners always larp about how expensive NY is. Yeah, it's damn expensive. No need to exaggerate. You can get by on one income 60k+ before tax. No need for 2 people making 100K after tax each, that's like 330K before tax which is top 5% even for NYC

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because they are larping as a person who knows what they're talking about. 200k to live in NY? Get fucking real

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-16/snapshot-of-new-york-city-s-most-privileged-city-dwellers
          Median income is actually wayyy lower than I thought, it's $32,000 in NYC. $200,000 after tax is extremely wealthy.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I just visited and was blown away how expensive it is. Worst place I've been to cost wise for I'm not even sure what benefit. In fact I just came to this board to see if there was any other cathartic bitching about NYC.

      Anyway, I hope you or your brother knows how to cook. Restaurants are nuts. No decent entree is under like $16-24 at start - plus tip :^). That alone would save you thousands over a year.

      Just for reference my brother and I currently live in the bay area so we are very used to paying disnleyland prices for basic necessities lol

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Were you born and raised in the Bay Area?

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    men like living in a city with the illusion they will have sex with women
    women move to the city with the illusion that it is a good idea

    when you get tired of junk food and sluts it will make wherever you move afterwards seem great

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      There’s no denying that New York is expensive, at least in terms of the cost of housing—it has more or less the highest rents of any major city in the country. San Francisco was even worse for a bit, but the market there has softened in the wake of a moderate remote-work post-pandemic exodus, so I assume it’s back in the #2 slot by now, although it remains overpriced. Even when New York is slightly cheaper than SF for housing I think most people wind up getting less for their money in NYC, where a lot of the housing stock tends toward the cramped and dilapidated in ways that California’s does not in my experience (I’ve lived in both). But it’s actually not all that expensive for things like groceries or non-fancy food—sure, you can easily spend $3000 (or more) on dinner if you want, but there are tens of thousands of cheap and cheerful restaurants too, and supermarkets aren’t bad at all once you know where to go.

      New York makes up for its high costs of living with comparatively high salaries for well-qualified professionals. You might still feel poor, but if you’re not an idiot with your money you should be able to survive there with a tech salary at least well enough to decide if you like it enough to strive for advancement. Alternately, you survive long enough to decide it’s not for you and get out for somewhere more to your taste.

      Personally, I think any young person with the opportunity and some interest should give New York a shot. City haters gonna city hate, but even in its current sanitized Disneyland for rich people incarnation it is unlike any other city (cities .gif poster notwithstanding, not all big cities are the same if you’re paying attention and have a brain). I loved living there as a young person, and know tons of people, now including middle-aged people raising families, who will never live anywhere else.

      >junk food
      There is no need to eat junk in NYC unless you’re a manchild with a baby palate.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >There is no need to eat junk in NYC unless you’re a manchild with a baby palate.
        its all junk food

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I just visited and was blown away how expensive it is. Worst place I've been to cost wise for I'm not even sure what benefit. In fact I just came to this board to see if there was any other cathartic bitching about NYC.

    Anyway, I hope you or your brother knows how to cook. Restaurants are nuts. No decent entree is under like $16-24 at start - plus tip :^). That alone would save you thousands over a year.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      not nice restaurants but tasty good value food ive had
      wah fung no 1 fast food - cantonese bbq takeaway only - great price
      margon - near times square, a cuban cafeteria - great cuban sandwich but also good hot counter of daily meals.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      > No decent entree is under like $16-24 at start - plus tip :^).
      Dude that's everywhere now for the shittiest food you can get. You'll pay that at Jack in the box and Denny's.
      >Anyway, I hope you or your brother knows how to cook.
      That's the way to go. It doesn't take long to get decent at it. The only thing I can't do is sushi. Barring that my gf would rather eat at home because we're always disappointed by restaurant food unless it's a steakhouse where we're paying a few hundred bucks.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is moving to NYC a good idea
    no

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's really personal preference. I'm software dev making a little over $100k annually and fully remote (who knows how long it will last given the recession/layoffs) and couldn't imagine forking out $2k+/mo + other expenses to live in NYC. There's just not a lot to do there that doesn't cost money.

    I lived in Philly for a while and that's where I realized cities are a constant expense. Literally everything requires you to spend money, the only reason to move to a city is that it's easier to spend money and there's more to spend money on. This is also ignoring the rampant crime and homelessness in these areas. I was in Philly for a year and witnessed a shooting and was alerted that someone got raped on the subway 1 minute from my apartment. I will acknowledge that Philly is particularly shitty, but it seems like all of them have issues like this (at least in the U.S.).

    If you're making enough to live comfortably in NYC and don't need to move there, I wouldn't do it. If you're remote you can use that money to save for a house, rental property, traveling, car, or anything you want. There is also nothing stopping you from airbnbing there for a while (if you're remote).

    Just to put it in perspective, I split rent with my gf in a quiet town in PA and pay $675/mo for half a double. Everything is cheaper here, my most expensive grocery runs barely break $100. My total living expenses are around $1700/mo including my car payment, groceries, rent, and utilities. One weekend I decided to buy the new MacBook pro and just walked out and paid for it in full with no consequences. I don't strictly budget and still put away around $2-3k/mo in my savings.

    This helps alleviate stress for me since I know I have bills covered for a year if anything were to happen, I also know I could pick up a job at McDonalds and supplement that income with my savings for over 3 years and not have to change my lifestyle. Ultimately do what makes you happy.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well yeah no shit you have a gf who’s apparently cool with the small town life. If you’re single you can’t move to bumfuck nowhere and expect to have dating options. That’s the biggest allure of cities for young single guys. NYC is expensive but it’s also packed out with hotties and iirc it’s one of the only major cities in the US with a gender ratio of more women than men

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        i'm currently in new york and can't get a gf, don't be fooled you're competing with millionaire daddy's money boys in the city

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah I’ve heard this as well despite my comment, that dating can be quite rough if you want something serious. I saw some article awhile back about how most men and women there are single into their 30s and don’t settle down until even later than other areas. Met a woman in the Midwest that had just moved there from NYC, she was like 42 and just had her first kid. I’m good on that.

          That’s why I’m moving to the south instead when I get back from Europe. Hopefully I can meet a nice Christian girl still interested in being a wife/mom before age 50.

      • 3 months ago
        OP

        >NYC is expensive but it’s also packed out with hotties and iirc it’s one of the only major cities in the US with a gender ratio of more women than men

        This is one of the reasons my brother wants to move to NYC yea. It's a great place to meet people, both professionally and personally. His company is also based there

        i'm currently in new york and can't get a gf, don't be fooled you're competing with millionaire daddy's money boys in the city

        just be cool like casey neistat and u can compete too

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    You'll make more money in California or Texas.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      NYC has similar salaries as California does and texas is lower than both

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is moving to NYC a good idea
    I can imagine a handful of reasons. If you want an Korean or Chinese GF, move to Flushing. If you want a Russian GF, move to Brighton Beach.
    Don't even think of living in Manhattan. All the cool stuff is in the surrounding boroughs and it's ungodly expensive to live there.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >If you want a Russian GF, move to Brighton Beach.
      does this apply if im indian

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