Monday, 30 March 2015

City in Review: New York

New York has often been described as the city of dreams, a buzzing, cosmopolitan hub on a relatively tiny island – and it’s easy to understand why many go and fall in love both with the city and its people. Furthermore, according to the findings of our 2014 Expat Explorer survey, almost half (49%) of expats who head to New York tell us they have found a life partner there. 

New York has something for anyone who craves the exciting city life. If you fancy a change of pace with work, the city is a great place to advance your career as many of the top global companies have offices there.  

 For those who love fashion, moving to New York allows you to immerse yourself in one of the international hubs for haute couture design.  Whether you love high end designers or the artsier scene, there is a district with a trend culture to suit all tastes. Areas like Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the East and West villages which are a little more off the beaten track are often popular with expats looking to experience a more authentic NYC – and the shops in these areas are definitely worth a look, whether you’re after an outfit to help blend in with the locals or furnishings for your new home.

And for foodies dreaming of an expat life with larger than life food, New York has hundreds of restaurants serving cuisine from all corners of the globe.  With so much choice and local specialities that often come super-sized, there is no doubt about it, this is definitely also a city for foodies! You’ll find that New Yorkers also tend to be walkers – and a move to the city is likely to have a similar effect on you. The good news is that a move to this city means you’ll probably walk more and pounding the pavements means you’ve got far more leeway to make the most of the amazing cuisine that tempts you at every block. 

Given the amazing food on offer, it’s unsurprising that a lot of New Yorkers tend to eat out most of the time and don’t spend a lot of time in their apartments. Usually built high-rise and close to one another, these buildings don’t tend to offer residents a lot of outside space but with so many beautiful green spaces in the heart of the city – not least Central Park – even the most outdoorsy of expats are bound to be happy. With brilliant train and transport links, you’re not far from quieter towns or more suburban spaces like Connecticut, Philadelphia or Boston, which are other great places to explore at the weekends.

The atmosphere of New York may have an air of being rushed at times. But for those who have been, you will know that the local New Yorkers are always keen to help and talk about the city they love.And in this city, you might just bump into some of New York’s more famous residents. The city is the chosen home of Daniel Radcliffe, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio and music royalty, BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z just to name a few. 

If you have ever dreamed of being in the movies, living in New York can feel like you’re on the doorstep of a film set.  By exploring this city it is easy to stumble across some familiar surroundings from the big and little screen

What’s your experience as an expat in New York? Tweet us or leave a comment below! Plus, if you’re a big fan of the States in general, also check out our blog on the USA here.  

If you've made the move abroad, we want to hear from you, the 2015 Expat Explorer Survey is now open! Take 15 minutes to help fellow expats by letting us know your views on life abroad and spread the word by using #EESurvey15 on Twitter!

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