I work as a handyman and install a lot of ACs.
If the window you are putting AC into is facing the street you'll likely get a fine from the city if you don't install a bracket under the AC. It's something that the city has started to enforce recently.
Good news is that you can get one of these nifty no-drilling brackets that install almost instantly! I love these things:
BLACK + DECKER BAB-2438 Window Air Conditioner Support Bracket, 7.1 x 25.8 x 16.7 inches, Grey https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IHNUYUM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_llEkDb7AB4XGS
Video of how easy it is to install this bracket:
~~If $90 new is too steep I have a used one from an old job I can sell you for $40. Send me a pm if you want it.~~ Edit: sold
> I thought I was being silly to have a bad feeling about this guy and I didn't want to offend
Trust your instinct next time.
Highly recommend you pick up a copy of "Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker.
Whenever someone I know moves to New York I give them this book as a housewarming present:
NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette
It’s both funny and helpful, and it’s fun to revisit once you feel acclimated. Welcome!
I'm a big, early 30's dude who unabashedly brings his (awesome) Trolley dolly grocery shopping. I fucking love it. If anyone bats an eye, it's because they're jealous and want to know where I got it/what it's called. I don't even bother with using store shopping carts anymore and I skip bagging entirely. I unload it onto the conveyor belt, pay, load stuff straight back into the cavernous bag...and I'm off.
Amazon can get it to you tomorrow.
This book is indispensable to transplants, giving some awesome information and details that will help them get going in the city.
Here are some pages in GIF form
you will still burn your mouth from your coffee days later in this sucker https://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SM-KHE48AG-Stainless-Steel-16-Ounce/dp/B005PO9T44/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?adgrpid=54527844125&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2K3rBRDiARIsAOFSW_545FztJw3-pb8bFO-f8A7UDR1NTUqTjMBlysNCdvC9IKIDns6J_fgaAriwEALw_wcB&hvadid=274745891416&am...
Like, if you legit have ringing in your ears, enjoy your hearing damage. If you're just talking about constantly noticing how quiet it is, it never went away for me, but I didn't spend that long outside of NYC.
I really recommend a Lectrofan for sleep. I mean, I recommend it for people that still live here also.
Fyi: tripe is common in NYC especially in Spanish restaurants serving it as a soup called mondongo. Did you know that Campbells used to sell tripe soup under the name Pepper Pot? It was tasty!
Edit. I'm adding a link
Edit 2. It was heavy on the black pepper. Hence the name. There are recipes online
Use a splatter screen to reduce the mess. Use an air purifier and fans to get the smell out of your apartment. Only eat steaks and fried fish at restaurants (I go this route).
Edit: Kitchen walls should be painted with semi-gloss/gloss paint, so that they can be regularly cleaned.
I have some bags that fold up really really small into a little carrying case. Kinda like this. Then you just throw one in each bag and one in your coat pockets and you've always got a bag handy. I've had mine for at least 10 years.
Tornado newbie myself but from looking at the Weather Service alert it looks like it started in Harlem/Bronx and is moving north so unless you're up there we're probably fine?
>* At 905 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Harlem, or over Mott Haven, moving northeast at 25
SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.
* This dangerous storm will be near... East Tremont and Throgs Neck
Bridge around 915 PM EDT. Co-op City around 920 PM EDT. Bronxville
and City Island around 925 PM EDT. New Rochelle around 930 PM EDT.
Realistically that Anova uses 800 W while it’s heating. Once things are hot, it barely uses any power because water has such a high heat capacity. I would bet it costs $0.20 to run it for 12 hours.
Do your housemates leave computers plugged in and turned on all day and night? Use the blow dryer or microwave a lot? It is nonsense to suggest that you use more electricity than anyone else unless they are going to invest in some devices to monitor power usage and actually compile evidence to suggest otherwise. And, for an electric bill, that just isn’t worth anyone’s time or money.
If you are curious, you can always buy a Kill A Watt meter to see exactly how much electricity a given device uses over time. In NYC, 1 kWh costs about $0.21.
There’s a book you can buy of historical complaint letters to city hall. Trash, hooligans, the price of rent are all complained about back to the 1700s
But the weirdest problem in NYC was Moving Day. Once upon a time, all rental leases started and ended on the same day citywide. You can imagine the mayhem.
Edit: the Book is called "The New York City Museum of Complaint": https://www.amazon.com/New-York-City-Museum-Complaint/dp/3865217451
You can get a bar like this: https://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-Security-Adjustable-White/dp/B0002YUX8I
You don't need to install anything so a landlord can't complain about you altering the apartment and no one will be able to open the door from the outside while it's against the door even if they have keys to all the locks.
Hahah. Yeah, but you always see people doing a thank-you-but-I'm-really-marketing-something and damn, I didn't want to do that. But ...here ya go. It is already up on all the places: Barnes & Noble, iTunes, kindle etc. Link for amazon is here.
Here's a well-cited post about the economics behind bodega ownership.
As with most business ventures, the owners are most likely taking out small business loans. If they lose the business and can't keep up with payments, they declare bankruptcy.
And in case you don't read through the entire post I reference, you can reach out to the Bodega Association of the US. for more information.
Have you considered an online bank?
I have a Schwab investor checking account.
You deposit checks by taking a picture of them with their app on your phone.
Plus the usual checking account accoutrements (bill pay, etc.)
It is linked to an investment account, but you do not have to use that account at all; you can use just the checking account.
The only thing you really can't do is deposit cash.
Edit: One more big plus: You'll earn twenty times more in your checking account (0.20% APY) with Schwab than you'll earn in a savings account with Chase (0.01% APY)
I would just try https://www.freecycle.org/ and craigslist (post under free stuff). It won't support any organization, but will get the dishes to be reused by someone who actually wants them instead of having them sit in one of the thrift shops potentially forever.
Organizations may also care about condition of the dishes; some are quite picky about what they accept. But, people taking stuff for free generally are just thankful, in my experience.
i lived above a bar when the 'SHOT SHOTS SHOT SHOT SHOT SHOTS!!!!' song was really popular.
you can really get these ALL the way into your ear, and they seal great.
As someone who doesn't drink or enjoy the bar scene, I highly recommend taking classes or joining a club. Someone will come in and recommend Meetup.com. I do not recommend Meetup at all after trying many times over the years.
Tipping is a big one. When in doubt, tip, because it's a part of the culture here and it's how a lot of servers, bartenders, hairdressers, and cabbies make their living. It doesn't matter if you think it's a stupid custom (I agree!). It doesn't matter that most of the rest of the world doesn't do it. Read some tipping guides, and follow them. And welcome to NYC! This place is awesome.
Try these I had pigeons try to nest under my AC. I put these into my windows and within a day they were gone.
Hell, it worked so well that I don't hear chirping from the tree outside my window anymore.
Owls, man, they terrify birds.
The ones I am talking about are metal. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Adjustable-Shower-Head-Extension-Arm/dp/B019KO96TW
Then the shower can float above your head and take up zero space in the stall.
Just bring your own? Maple Shot - 100% REAL Maple Syrup | Travel Size | Hiking | Cycling | Camping | Athletic Fuel | PURE Maple Energy Gel for Runners | 10-pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W8DNV2R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JGAFE2RH1ACQFB6AR0DW
I put a bunch of adhesive hooks (Command) on a not-prominent wall in our kitchen, to hang things like measuring spoons, whisks, and whatnot. Makes way more space in the drawers and I don't have to rattle around to find them.
Also, those kitchen cabinet shelf things changed my life.
If OP does go this route, there are apps that do that automatically. No need for speakerphone or any of that jazz.
Your giving it as a nightly housing allowance has thrown Mantisbog into thinking in terms of hotel prices, whereas what you're really looking for is a summer sublet/airbnb, with a budget on the order of $1800 to $2000, yes?. But you're asking about the summer of 2019, a full year away. No one is going to have hot tips for you as to that. Indeed, this subreddit is mainly made up of people who live here, and who don't have to worry about finding short term lodging---so take what you hear with a grain of salt.
Airbnb seems like it would cover this nicely, I'd think. I doubt you can make arrangements a year in advance (you're either something of a planner or REALLY excited about having just set up this thing), but you could look on AirBnB now and get an idea of what sorts of things are available. Here's a search I did for the month of August in 5 seconds:
Looks like there are options within your price range. I wouldn't sweat neighborhood at this moment, maybe check back in in 10 months and seek advice about two or three potential rentals that seem promising to you, after consulting a subway map.
EDIT: I wouldn't look exclusively on airbnb, others have suggested other websites to check out.
long ago my mother lived in a building for seniors, that building had a chute. tenants became lazy and simply scraped plates and pots down the chute. a massive cockroach infestation resulted.
all chutes were permanently barred to prevent it from recurring.
so pls, even if it's wasteful, if all you can do is continue using bags the way you do now, then so be it. but try to find smaller ones.
This bed frame has been a life changer for me since it offers plenty of storage.
Google flights allows shockingly vague search terms. Try searching for “United States” or “North America” as a destination for the dates you have in mind.
100% yes to the foam made for this purpose.
I bought a foam piece with a magnetic side (https://www.amazon.com/Frost-King-Conditioner-Drip-Cushion/dp/B07GBD5ZGP/) which works amazingly well to get rid of the sound. I would buy one of these for the neighbor. Much cheaper to try this first as moving windows is not always an option.
You tried Via yet? It's like a super efficient version of Uber Pool, as it's corner to corner pickups / dropoffs vs Door to door. Keeps everything moving so fast, and it's usually under $7 for anywhere below 120th Street within Manhattan!
Edit: iOS Download, Android download, and obligatory code for $20 credit: joseph5q5y
Our fireplace was also placed right where we wanted our TV and my landlord preferred us not to drill into the brick so we went with a ceiling mount from Amazon. Has worked out pretty well so far: https://imgur.com/a/dnAVKBp
I have this:
AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack - White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H7P1GPO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_RW77DbYSE1JYA
It does take up floor space, but frankly I’m not line drying that much laundry that frequently: some shirts, exercise stuff, wool socks, and some of my girlfriends underwear.
It’s relatively compact for what it is (I used to live in Korea where I used the ones that look more like this). Personally, I like the setup because it still allows people to maneuver around it but it’s also an obstruction that reminds us to put the laundry away.
An oil-filled space heater like this is very safe. There's no exposed heating element. You can keep it on indefinitely.
I think a lot of people have covered this topic well, in that Shen Yun is run by Falun Gong, a religious group that is detested by the Chinese government. An aspect not a lot of people realize is how Falun Gong is a means to gain residence in this country.
Immigrants (legal or not) usually have a period of time upon arriving to apply for asylum in this country. One reason for seeking asylum is to escape religious persecution from your country of origin. As China is very up front about expelling Falun Gong supporters, it naturally becomes an avenue for individuals who need a reason for the asylum. But you can't just say you're Falun Gong, you need to prove it. This means putting in the time to volunteer at events and doing protests against the Chinese government for persecution (for months or longer), and carefully recording this for any hearings with the immigration officers.
I don't know if this is related to why Shen Yun posters are literally everywhere, but it could be. There's a really phenomenal book that follows the story of a Chinese immigrant in Flushing who is seeking asylum, called Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown. I strong recommend you check it out if you've ever eaten or walked around in any of the ethnic enclaves in this city.
That sounds high for a coop. Amazon has a pretty nice one for $249.99.
This is the kind of conversation that I have daily with my girlfriend. I made the same search, came to say the same thing. Additionally, I learned that the pollen that most people are allergic to doesn't come from flowers, but trees and grasses.
Why not sign up for a free 1 year AWS Free Tier account. Spin up your own linux flavored instance from the comforts of your home. Then SSH into instance and then run your code. Here's the tutorial on how to spin up a linux instance.
Cancel your trip.
Here is a place with no rain at all in the forecast. I am not even sure New York can compete with it.
I know this is getting to be a pretty big departure from the thread, but I'll just say that I use a giant backpack for walking or biking home with groceries and I really prefer that to a cart. Similar to carrying a backpack through an airport vs a roller bag.
Big roll-top backpacks work best because they can expand upward if you find yourself overfilling it. I have this one from ikea that it looks like they don't make anymore. :( But I find that 9 gallon size perfect.
Of course, this depends on how much you can handle carrying. Cart will be better if you can't carry the weight.
I couldn't be happier with the Coway 1512. Now when I wake up I can breathe with both nostrils! The lowest speed is basically silent unless your head is 1 foot from the device. I leave it on auto which is cool because it senses particles in the air and temporarily goes to higher speeds until the air is clear again. Funnily enough, if you fart near it, it will detect that and spin up. It also pretty thoroughly eliminates odor in general.
My only complaints are:
The only 3rd party filter I've found for it has been reviews so you're generally stuck with the first party filters which can seem expensive but they last a long time so it's not terrible
When I moved across the country, the fan became unbalanced which made the device loud. Personally I blame the movers since they broke/lost a bunch of my stuff but that still does indicate a failure mode of the device.
The light on the top is a fucking flood light that will blind people up to 5 miles away. I taped over it.
If I had a magic wand and could make one change to this device I'd want washable hepa filters but from what I've read, washable hepa filters don't exist at all so its not a shortcoming of this specific device.
Finally, I'm not affiliated with them and benefit in no way from this post. The Amazon link above is not an affiliate link. I'm just a happy customer who was surprised by the improvement in my life when I got a hepa filter.
Oh dude. Cockroaches SUCK. But they're not something you just have to get used to. Promise. Hold on, I'm going to look up what I used that torched them. One sec...
Edit: Get this gel bait and these things. I know you just moved here and are probably not trying to drop a bunch of money but fuck roaches. They only get worse and it isn't "just a part of life" you have to get used to. Fuck that. I had an embarrassing problem with them and those two products ended that shit.
Edit 2: Get those and follow the instructions. I went from full on infestation to not seeing a single one, (alive that is,) in less than a week. It's a shit load too. It will last you until you inevitably switch apartments after getting your bearings in nyc. Welcome to the city. You'll love it.
$7.49 with free shipping on Amazon
my favourite bit:
> Please know this product travelled over 10 thousand miles so the chips may be broken
If you want an affordable, small, fun show to see, check out Drunk Shakespeare - you can get a ticket for $29 at Groupon. I just saw it and it was a blast. Balcony tickets are fine, it's a tiny room and they'll probably move you closer when you show up.
These have brief blurbs about each neighborhood. If you want more detail read the Wikipedia page for each neighborhood.
Here is a flight for $300 flat in January:
That's cheaper than going to a specialist even with most insurance companies in the US
You might want to just test it out by schlepping a medium- or larger-sized item first. If it seems doable, then go for it. If not, then you can still rent a vehicle. According to preliminary weather forecasts, it's supposed to be somewhat nice from January 18-21, so I would start on the 18th.
I'll be honest and admit I didn't read your whole post, but I am always looking for opportunities to talk about my washing machine!
I said eff it to laundromats a few years ago and bought one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ALBMIEI It does about 1/3 load of a commercial washer. Just stick it in your tub, run a couple cycles, and hang everything to dry.
I have a super who isn't nosy so this may not work for everyone. But it's been life-changing for me.
Short answer: no, it isn't safe.
You can find lots of mattresses that are totally safe on Craigslist but it isn't worth doing unless you know how to spot signs of bed bugs. If you haven't had a lot of experience doing this, don't do it.
You have options other than Ikea. It sounds crazy but I actually bought this mattress on Amazon and I love it. I know they make some cheaper memory foam only if that is your thing. You can cut your own slats, buy them from Ikea, or pick up an inexpensive box spring.
I got a folding desk from Amazon for $99. I was going to replace it with a proper desk ... But it's so good I'm going to keep it. The exact model I got seems to be no longer listed but this is close:
Also, most folding chairs suck, but target sells one for $40 that sucks less.
Google Maps does this, if you give it permission. GPS accuracy in the city is difficult, though.
There was also an app called Moves but Facebook is shutting it down at the end of the month.
There's a new-ish app called Gyroscope, but it's mapping features are still in beta and they are a bit flaky.
The best way to do this is with a hardware GPS tracking device. I've got one made by Bad Elf but they're a bit pricey for this purpose. It's MUCH more accurate than the GPS in my phone, though.
Also check Groupon. Some bus tours are offering tickets as low as $25 a person for 24-hour hop on/off for a group of 4:
Groupon NYC Bus Tours
Here's the deal - the more North you go around this time of year, the colder it gets. I don't know if it will be snowing, but as others said, it likely will be cold. If you are willing to spend essentially 2 days getting to the Falls, so be it. One way is to check the average temperature at the Falls around that time of year on weather.com or any other weather platform. Temperatures according to historical averages are between 33-45 degrees Fahrenheit. It's up to you to decide what's cold or not, but no one can predict the weather 2-3 months out as you probably already know, so take your chances.
Please don't squeeze or push your poop out; this is how you get hemorrhoids! To have your poop easily slip out, eat a banana every morning.
Did you seriously fucking just quote Urban Dictionary at me? You do realize that's not a real dictionary, right?
the metropolitan museum of art and the american museum of natural history - they have very expensive "suggestions" for prices, but you can pay a dollar and you are in. I have given as low as a penny, what can i say I was broke at the time. Same for MOMA but only on fridays.
The ferry to State Island is free, hop on it and you'll get a nice view of Manhattan and the statue of liberty from the Hudson river.
Rudy's bar and grill is one of the cheapest watering holes in manhattan. Nothing fancy, but they also have free hot dogs. It's on 9th avenue and 44th street.
Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center $5 cover and $5 menu tuesdays and wednesdays
TKTS booth in Times Square, you'll get upt to 50% off on same day tickets for Broadway plays and musicals
The high line park is a beautiful walk, but it might be too cold for your right now.
Youll find a few more things here:
Expensive example but still it solves the stair issue: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HGTFH3X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_1X470FPGNB1NFD4J5SSA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Beats bags for a lot of people.
Most hardware stores in the city sell different sizes of these adjustable removable screens Frost King WB Marvin AWS1045 Adjustable Window Screen, 10in High x Fits 25-45in Wide https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00CLOM9I4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_7HR48DS3ZSDJWQ932MNG
I'm not an IT person - but seems to me that the easiest thing to do would be to use a VPN. There are dozens out there for as little as a few bucks per month. I've used ExpressVPN and PrivateInternetAccess before with good experiences.
How many do you need? If you order from Amazon right now you'll get them tomorrow
Prime Same Day
Also, you could have walked into any synagogue in NYC (there are just a few, and explained you needed to borrow.
There's a nice pop-ecology book on this very subject, The Triumph of the City. As you can guess from the title, the author concludes that yes, moving to NYC is a very green thing to do. The book is about the ecological impact of cities in general, but he cites lots of data about NYC in particular, since it's such a prototypical example of city living.
The ubiquity of mass transit was one major reason of course, but there were other surprising examples, like (IIRC) the piles of trash bags stacked on the curb. The same volume of trash, he argues, generated by a suburb, would be spread out over a much larger area, requiring more garbage-trucks-miles to collect, generating more emissions, etc. Many of the arguments come down to: if you're going to have 8 million people in the first place, better to put them all in one place (at least from an environmental perspective). I'm not qualified to judge the book's arguments scientifically, but it was a fun read, and the arguments at least sounded plausible.
The author would probably encourage you to get a tote bag for the bodega. :)
You could buy dental insurance, but the kind you can buy personally usually comes with a 31 day waiting period will costs you a few hundred for the 1 year minimum + a 50-200 deductible and even then will probably only cover 50-60%. However it would still save you a few hundred.
You could also check out some of these options: https://www.groupon.com/browse/new-york?lat=40.756&lng=-73.987&query=Root+Canal&address=New+York+City&division=new-york&locale=en_US
But... beware you do kinda get what you pay for.
There are at least two NYC groups for it on Meetup.com, one is actively scheduling events at the moment (I'll pm you a link). They are based on Jia Jiang's book Rejection Proof. Basically you come up with or pick from a list of challenges of things where the fear of rejection is present, and you do them again and again. For example, asking a stranger on a date. The overall goal is to be able to deal with whatever type of rejection you fear easily, but I've found multiple related benefits. I actually created /r/RejectionProofing recently since I found it so helpful.
For me, it has been freeing because I feel like I don't have to wait for friends or group situations to try to talk to and meet new people now. If I see someone in public I want to talk to, I try to approach without letting the fear of rejection get in the way. I'm still learning, but it has definitely gotten easier and opened up more possibilities in my mind.
Here's a Groupon for one for $100 for 4 people, if you're willing to travel to Newark: Taste of Brazil
Also, places like Fogo de Chao or Plataforma offer discounts if you can go during lunch time, only do the salad bar, or have senior citizens/little kids in your party.
Change the location to the part of NY you want to check (not sure why it defaulted to JFK) and then you can select the months and years to check the average monthly dew point historically.
I took a quick look and August has been going up over the years. My average sweatiness commuting to / from work supports the data.
Lies! 20% chance of precipitation! Clearly not worth going. OP might want to try San Pedro de Atacama though. Should be a safe bet weather-wise.
December is very unpredictable. Last year, parts of the month were warm like fall, and parts were proper winter cold. According to weather history the month ranged from high 72/low 63 days to high 40/low 30 days.
Your biggest enemy will be the wind, so I don't recommend bringing a jacket and hoping to unzip it if it gets too hot. Bring a lighter jacket (think sports coat or other fall-appropriate coat) and sweater you can wear underneath. Can't hurt to bring a light scarf.
You can not call Schwab Bank 24/7, though Charles Schwab (the brokerage firm) does have 24/7 customer service. Here are their contact hours.
I agree that Schwab has great customer service, and I’ve personally experienced great customer service at Chase as well (I use both). OP doesn’t quite give us much about his or her banking needs. Both have a great mobile app. There are plenty of reasons why one might need physical branches, and there are plenty of banking services Schwab falls short on.
Does OP frequently withdraw cash from ATMs? Does OP deposit cash? Does OP travel often? Does OP frequently use wire/electronic transfer services, etc. Of course, there is also no reason one has to be limited to one financial firm.
Other than what everyone else has posted, I'd really suggest City Mapper. It's a great app that gives you the best route using all types of transportation. Here is there site.
Budget hotels in NYC hardly exist. Budget/romantic/view hotels certainly doesn't exist.
Maybe try airbnb? A friend stayed at this place and it has a roof deck on the waterfront.
Before my super installed my A/C, I put this drip guard on top then wrapped a roll of copper mesh around the whole thing. I bought the copper originally to keep mice out (I suspected some had gotten into the chassis of my old a/c) but it looks like the pigeons don't like the mesh either. In the past few weeks, the only pigeons that have landed on my A/C were fighting. Otherwise, there haven't been any hanging out under the a/c anymore.
One of my neighbors installed the spikes underneath their A/C and I haven't seen any birds hanging out there since.
I've had a good experience so far with Private Internet Access, consistent with most reviews. Easy to set up. Small monthly fee of ~$7 or so. Ironic to pay for it I guess, but nothing compared to the cost of whatever you're presumably downloading or getting your internet shut off.
Nowadays I use it a lot (mostly on phone) to watch Twitch as I'm pretty sure it's getting throttled, and using a VPN seems to make it better.
For Android, I like MyTransit NYC. It has the best layout and design of any of the transit apps I've tried. Full set of maps for Subway, Bus, and Trains, service changes, trip planner, and it has a modern UI. There are others that do some combination of these, but not all.
Unless you can actually make it to every attraction on the pass, it's not worth it.
tripadvisor can tell you what attractions are the best. You have to be more specific here.
Weather Underground has historical weather data available.
A quick, non-scientific comparison of 2019, 2010, 2000, and 1990 shows that it’s common to have a few days around 60 degrees in November. The lows seem to have gotten a little higher in recent years, however.
That's about $100 a night, which gets you a room at this beauty. You'll probably want to go with a bedroom in a legal AirBnB .
Did you know you can search by location on Etsy? Here is a quick list I put together of my favorite NYC sellers!
As others have said Marpac is the brand I use, specifically this one: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-All-Natural-White-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFA
Before I got that I used to just play https://simplynoise.com/ through my laptop but it's definitely not as good as having a dedicated white noise machine.
I third Citymapper, it's free on iOS and bonus if you visit 28 other cities you get a consistent travel planning experience.
They also have a website for big screen planning - https://citymapper.com/nyc and if you create an account you can sync between devices.
Why wouldn't it be true? If you are worried about buying the tickets then buy them online or show up and buy them at the self service kiosk for a future date.
always make sure locks are on your door, consider a door jamb for extra protection
i've lived here long time and it's happened to me a few times; even people trying to use their keys to get into my apt (that was around 4 yrs ago).
Yeah, you should be. Encouraging people to be unsafe is harmful. Advice like yours, even though it's well-meaning, can be very dangerous when dealing with unpredictable people who already made the decision to invade your space.
Nobody likes being rude, but we have to protect ourselves. This thing where women are expected to be friendly and available to every Tom, Dick and Harry that shows up just serves to leave us vulnerable and puts us in danger. Never be afraid to be as rude and assertive as you need to be to keep yourself safe.
Book Rec: Gavin de Becker's <em>The Gift of Fear</em>
Melissa Plaut (writer, Park Slope), did it. She blogged about it and turned it into a book. Amazon link is here, but I know you can get it at the library. Good read, I enjoyed it.
My mom went to Italy and loved the idea so much, she bought an installable one from Amazon. She's the only person I know who has one.
What? Why? Just get a dang window fan for 28 bucks on Amazon. And install it right. Read the instructions and use your noggin. It'll be fine.
Walking might be difficult - as everyone else said, you've got to make sure your cat is comfortable in the harness and can't slip it. Cat getting loose on the street corner = disaster.
Secondary option! Cat backpack!
Lets your cat get outside without risk of escape, and might be a good way to acclimatize them to being out in a loud area. We have this one for our cat and use it to get him to/from the Vet, when we move, and occasionally train travel. Only comment I have is that it's a little smaller than the pictures suggest - he fits just fine, but there's not a lot of room to dance around in there. So if your cat's chunky, maybe look for a bigger one.
The best I can find like that is Route Runner, it's buggy AF but does exactly that. It really is bad and crashes all the time, but it's the only app I can find that helps prepare routes that make sense. So I usually just sit and play with it for 5 minutes or so, find the route and then screenshot it.
This is a good generalized guide to the different neighborhoods in NYC. During your visit, I highly recommend that you eschew all touristy areas and activities, and focus on experiencing the city as a person. For your husband (and possibly you, you don't mention a job), it's important to experience a typical commute and and from work to the neighborhoods you're considering living in, at the appropriate times.
This will help you weed out that sleepy neighborhood that sure looks like a nice place to live, except when you come home at 7pm and realize there's not a single place open nearby, or the train stop that's deserted at night, but has a shit ton of morning commuters and you have to wait for 5 trains to pass before you can get on.
These are some things you might have to deal with that you didn't in SF (not sure what your lifestyle was there), so explore some of these options during your visit as well:
Laundry. Some buildings have a room in the basement, some don't. Some neighborhoods have a plethora of laundry services (some drop off only, some also do pick up), some don't.
Groceries. Some neighborhoods have many grocery stores, some only have bodegas. A lot of people just give up and go with a delivery service (Fresh Direct, Amazon).
Personal space. Hobbies. Sometimes these mix well - want to join a social group centered around your obscure interest? Great, we probably have dozens. Do you enjoy hanging out in the woods or your backyard with friends to enjoy the quiet? That's going to be a little trickier here.
For just under $30 a night after fees you can sleep on a mat in someone's living room in Jackson Heights, but you aren't allowed there while the sun is up. What a world we live in!
You can get an allergy test to see what you're allergic to. Different plants release pollen at different times. Looks like you're allergic to ragweed.
Tips: keep your hair covered. Change your clothes and wash your hair (if not covered) when you get home (so you don't transfer the pollen to furniture/bed). Keeping windows closed and Air Purifiers help also.
Not sure if we're getting wildfire smoke yet. If you haven't reacted before maybe the combo is what's doing it.
Open up the terminal:
enter: openssl rand -hex 6 | sed 's/(..)/\1:/g; s/.$//'
This will generate a random mac address. You can use just about anyone you want.
Then type: sudo ifconfig en0 ether xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
Replace “xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx” with the desired MAC address (and then press enter)
Also if that doesn't work you might need to use en1 instead of en0.
To confirm type: ifconfig en0 |grep ether
Some Macs will use the following command instead:
sudo ifconfig en1 Wi-Fi xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
I've lived here my whole life, and a good chunk of my friends still live in the area, but it gets hard to schedule things as everyone's got something going on (kids, travel, work, etc).
I suggest looking on Meetup.com for groups related to your interests. I've met some fun people through my boardgame Meetup group, and since we have a fixed time/location and share a common interest, there's a default group of people to at least see regularly.
Did stage side tickets and ended up getting the free shots they gave out at the beginning. If you haven't been, the whole room is pretty small and close in so I can't imagine either of the other two ticket options are that much worse if you're on a budget. I'll probably go back. Even if they did Macbeth again it'd be a good time.
NYC Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Tour. It makes a close pass of the statue; its really nice on the water. Along the way they have a spiel with trivia about lower manhattan and some of the significant or interesting buildings you can see. Don't know of any honeymooner discount but there's a Groupon.
I went last year with out of town friends and actually really enjoyed it.