One of my goals before I turn 21 is to move to a bigger city. Many cities have crossed my mind, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. The one city that always seems to keep me hooked is New York, the city that never sleeps.
“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless”- The internet.
There are many reasons why I want to live in New York. For one, almost everyone says it lives up to the expectations that movies present. So many romance movies or action and adventure movies that take place within the city paint it as a world within itself, with towering skyscrapers full of glass and steel, shining in the golden sunlight. It’s also a very culturally diverse city which I love. There are so many different types of individuals, so many different languages spoken, so many different foods and music. A trip from Dumbo, Brooklyn to Chinatown is like travelling to China from, well, brooklyn. The biggest factor is the fact that it’s full of so much light and inspiration. It makes me want to get lost within the streets, able to explore every corner of the city. As someone who needs inspiration to find the right words for my thoughts, this city has that and much more.
While it will still be awhile before I move somewhere like New York (I plan on at least spending 2 years or more in college here in Phoenix), I’ve already looked into how much it would cost me. For example, one trip on the Subway is $2.75. While that may not seem like a lot to a tourist, If I was to take two trips or more a day for work or anything else, I’d be broke within a month. Luckly, there is a monthly metro pass worth $127 for unlimited rides, allowing me to save money if I travel more than twice a day.
The cheapest housing I could find with a roommate is around $700, but I assume those go by fast if you don’t contact them in time, so unless I can message fast enough, I should expect to pay anywhere between $1800 and $2500 for my own apartment, pretty cheap for this city.
On average, a New Yorker can expect to pay $471.34 on food per month. If I’m cheap and only get dollar foods such as street pizza for each meal, that’s $3 a day, and $3 times 30 is $90. Of course I will probably get sick of pizza all of the time, so I’ll double that and say $180.
I looked into sports and martial arts, but the cheapest fencing classes near brooklyn are $240 a month, with regular martial arts classes being a bit cheaper, but not necessary to live in the city. This will be for when I am comfortably living in the city.
None of this is professionally calculated, and this isn’t everything, but I have to live there eventually, so I just wanted to get some insight into how much I’ll be spending. I assume I won’t be able to get housing as cheap as $700, but it was the cheapest roommate situation I could find in a couple places.
I know I’ll make it there one day, no matter how long it takes or how broke I’ll be. I have to do it.