Moving to New York

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The Big Apple is one of the greatest places on Earth, according to many. Even the greatest, if you ask New Yorkers. Wherever you’re coming from, moving to New York will change your life in every way imaginable. So make sure to do it in the best possible way.

Hire the Moving Services of Cross Country Movers

The first thing you should know about Cross Country Movers is that we do things by the book. Our crews are professional and very experienced. With them, you’ll find much of the stress associated with relocation swept away. Call us, and they will be there at the appointed time to help you with your dream move.

We Give You Exact Costs

When contacting shipping companies to ask for the price of their services, you’ll more often than not be given an “estimate.” In practice, that means that said price is not fixed, and will most likely be raised through various fees that you’ve been told nothing about. With Cross Country Movers, you won’t have to worry about that. The price we tell you is binding. There are no hidden expenses, so you can easily plan your budget.

You’ll Need an Inventory List

The most important thing for smooth relocation is an accurate inventory list. The price of the services you get is based on it. Put on the list everything you want shipped, but be sure to put any specifics as well. The measurements of your furniture pieces are fine, but also include some information on mirrors, other fragile items, or oddly-shaped objects. Knowing such details, our movers can arrive better prepared, and packing will be even more secure than usual.

Also, learn in advance what we don’t transport, so we can avoid any unpleasant situations.

Insure Your Belongings

Unfortunately, accidents and mishaps sometimes do happen. That’s why we offer an affordable insurance policy for your belongings. With it, you can move to New York much more relaxed, knowing that your items are covered in case something doesn’t go as planned. There is mandatory liability insurance of 60 cents per pound. It is very important to note that Cross Country Movers doesn’t insure possessions that were not packed by our movers.

When it comes to car insurance, cars transported in open trailers are covered for external damage up to 100,000 USD. If you opt for enclosed transport, coverage goes up to 500,000 USD in external damage.

Ease Your Relocation With Packing Services

Packing can be a tedious task even at the best of times. Cross Country Movers can help you with it. Our employees will professionally wrap up your household and prepare it for the haul in no time. With our services, you’ll be able to spend more quality time with family and friends before moving.

Our movers will pack your belongings from the inventory list while following all standards of the trade, and then some. That goes for furniture as much as for fragile or items with great sentimental value. They will also properly label all boxes so there can be no talk of misplaced items.

Boxes & Supplies

One of the common headaches in the process of relocation is the needed amount of boxes and other packing supplies. Have no worries, then. If you hire our packing services, our movers will bring a reasonable amount of boxes, but also tape, packing paper, and cushioning.

Car Shipping

Cross Country Movers offer the service of car shipping, too. Since we understand the importance of cars for our clients, we do it with the utmost precision and care. If you opt for our auto transport services, you may choose between an open and enclosed trailer, and whether you prefer to have terminal-to-terminal or door-to-door service. Then we’ll make sure that the car arrives at the destination safe and sound.

Free Storage for 30 Days

No matter how hard you try, sometimes something just can’t fit into the new house. Or, more likely in the Big Apple, into the apartment. The solution to that problem is storage. Cross Country Movers offer you storage space for one month for free. And we mean business, no ifs or buts.

That concludes the services you can expect, and we quickly move on to the city itself and what awaits you there.

Cost of Living

New York City is an expensive place. That’s one thing that everybody who plans to move to the unofficial capital of the world has to be aware of. Prices in all spheres of life significantly outpace those in the rest of the US, from housing and utilities to groceries, goods, and services. All in all, you can expect to spend some 30 percent of monthly income on accommodation, 33 percent on goods and services, 13 percent on groceries, and so on. Taxes are also quite high, going up to almost 13 percent of income.

Those are some of the numbers, but what will affect the cost of living the most is whether you are single or with children, whether you live alone or with roommates, whether you’re paying off student debt or not, and such facts of life. On the other hand, the city you’re moving to is a place of opportunity. Finding a job is quite easy, and if you land a good one, you can have the lifestyle you want.

Best Neighborhoods to Rent an Apartment in NYC

It’s time for a quick guide through New York City and its parts. The city consists of five boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island) and dozens of neighborhoods in each of them. Not surprisingly, Manhattan, which constitutes downtown NYC, is the most expensive.

Still, there are areas where you can find an apartment at a lower price. Some of those are not even that far from the center. Among them are Brooklyn’s neighborhood Bushwick, Manhattan’s Washington Heights, as well as the maybe ominously named Hell’s Kitchen, and Astoria in Queens.

Be mindful, though: most apartments in New York City are small, probably much smaller than what you’re used to. Therefore, storage is a good solution for your stuff until you settle in.

Transportation System

Whether you live in an apartment in the Bronx, a house on Staten Island, or a loft in downtown Manhattan, you’ll need the means to get around. In case you have brought your car with you, you’ll be in constant search for parking space, as well as carrying the burden of high parking prices. If you haven’t, then you’ll have to rely on public transport, so here’s a short guide to it.

The main staple of public transport is the subway. Subway lines cover basically the entire place, and with it, you can get wherever you want. Besides that, there are busses. A monthly pass for public transport is $127. Taxis are plenty but are quite expensive, so many people rather go with Uber. And there is the cheapest and healthiest option – riding a bicycle. If you like, you can also walk some distance. Word of warning: the urban legend that residents here don’t like slow people is absolutely true. In fact, sidewalks often move faster than car lanes.

Things to Do In the International Metropolis

The short answer would be anything you want. The longer would require a guide. Cross Country Movers can help with that, too. Since it isn’t humanly possible to learn all about NYC in a couple of lifetimes, here are some of the best opportunities to make a colorful living. Whether you prefer dining out, enjoying a movie or theater show, visiting galleries and museums, or rooting from the stands, there’s a bit for everyone. And don’t worry if you stay in your favorite bar a bit too long. Subway works 24/7.

What's Social Life Like After Moving to New York

How a person lives after moving to New York is largely up to their income, neighborhood, and preferences. First of all, around half of more than eight million residents weren’t born there, so it shouldn’t be hard to find folks who came from the same place as you. Then there’s the matter of the neighborhood. If you rent an apartment in a place that has changed too fast for residents’ liking, be mindful of that, and you’ll settle in much easier. Respecting locals and their habits and customs is always a good place to start.

The folks of Big Apple are often said to be rude and unpleasant. That may be true in some instances (to slow walkers, for example; we can’t emphasize enough the importance of a fast pace), but on the other hand, they really care about their own. Also, the phrase “the city that never sleeps” is very accurate here. If you like peace and quiet, better opt for some of the city’s outer layers.

Culture Is in Abundance

Writer Tom Wolfe once said that “culture is in the air, a part of the weather” in the Big Apple. And he wasn’t wrong. There are more than 500 galleries around the place, as well as more than 200 arts and culture organizations. Some of them, like Carnegie Hall or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are famous throughout the world. There is also the one and only Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), and Guggenheim Museum, alongside numerous museums dedicated to cultures of peoples all around the world. When it comes to theater, need we say more than Broadway?

Plenty of Sports, But Don't Hold Your Breath for Titles

Unlike other US cities, the Big Apple gives it’s folks a rare treat – a choice between teams to root for in almost every sport. Let’s go on a quick tour. There are Knicks and Nets in the NBA, Giants and Jets in the NFL, Islanders and Rangers in the NHL, and Mets and Yankees in the MLB. Only ones to win championships in this century are Giants (twice) and Yankees.

The Big Apple was once a place of soccer, too, with great Pele wearing the colors of New York Cosmos. Today, that tradition is carried on by New York City FC and New York Red Bulls.

Fans of other sports won’t be disappointed either. Queens and its Flushing Meadows complex is the host of US Open Tennis Championships, the world’s largest marathon courses through all five boroughs. There are also golf, boxing, horse racing… To each their own.

Stories of the City

Like every place on Earth, NYC has its fair share of urban legends and myths. Take some time to learn about them. Living here may be more interesting for it if nothing else. Here’s a short guide to the best of them.

The Ghosts of NYC

No place like a haunted place, right? The first ghost we wish to introduce to you is a big one. In fact, it’s a ship. In the foggy twilight, it can be seen on the Hudson River, where it sank long ago thanks to the negligence of the crew. Then there are two sisters, Rosetta and Janet van der Voort, who can sometimes be spotted in Central Park in Manhattan, skating.

And our last pick – the Dakota Building, the place where John Lennon had an apartment and in front of which he was murdered in 1980. The famous musician often said that he saw ghosts inside the Dakota, and his widow Yoko Ono said that a few years after his death, she saw his spirit sitting at the piano.

These are only a few. We don’t doubt that, after a day or two in New York City, you’ll learn about many more.

Alligators in Sewers

One of the long-standing urban legends in the Big Apple are gators in the city’s sewers. True, there were occasions when those critters walked up to the streets out of manholes. Still, chances to meet an alligator outside of the zoo are negligible, to say the least.

Pirate Treasure

How would such a great place as NYC look without a hidden treasure? Luckily, there is one, if you believe the tales. Namely, the treasure of Captain William Kidd. As the story goes, Captain Kidd buried a part of the ill-gotten booty on Liberty Island before being sent to England to be tried and hanged for piracy at the beginning of the 18th century. Later, the Statue of Liberty was put right over the hidden chest. One group of would-be treasure hunters claimed that it had found a chest, but was chased away from the digging site by a ghostly apparition. When they returned a bit later, the chest was gone.

Our Customer Stories

Thousands of people move with Cross Country Movers every year, and these are just some of their stories.

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    Michael P.
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    Julia K.
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    I had loads of stuff, and these guys packed it all in no time! Don’t know how they did it. I wish they were there to unpack though, seriously, you need to include that service ASAP!

    Jennifer S.
  • Jennifer S.

    They were very careful with everything, especially with glassware and other fragile items, I am impressed by how they wrapped and packed everything so promptly. I will certainly consider hiring them again for my next relocation.

    David M.
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    I just moved out of my parents’ place with these guys. They are the best, special thanks to them. I just wish I could tip them more.

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    Meghan R.
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    I am very happy with how they managed everything, even my wife was impressed, which says a lot. We are a big family with a lot of children, so we have a lot of unnecessary stuff, but we like to drag them wherever we move, so special thanks to these guys for sticking through, packing it all, and shipping to our new home.

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