So for all of you starving artists that still want to make it in new york, good luck. i will keep updating this so that we can get some good ideas going. First things first, a list of things to pack.
the top ten things to bring when moving to the city are as follows:
1.Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, shampoo, glasses, medicine, electric shaver etc.)
Pack these in a handy little case as if you were taking a vacation. Bring whatever you have at home and then get the rest at a dollar store.)
2.Bedding (Pillows, pillowcases, sheets)
Have mom wash them first!
3.Towel (a must! Don’t find yourself in a new place without a towel. They are hard to find if you don’t know which stores to go to.)
This is a lifesaver for boredom–bring DVD’s and so forth with it. Only your favorites when first moving.
I slept on an inflatable bed for 3 months when i first moved down to the city. It was the best investment i made–only 40 dollars at a Goodwill. Check your local Goodwill because Target gives them all of the merch they can’t sell.
6.Watch or alarm clock
I skipped this one and just used my cell phone
Some form of entertainment (dvds for computer, books, ipod, etc.)
7.Posters (to feel at home)
There is nothing as lonely as living in a room with white walls. If you have a printer you can make due just by using it.
And lots of it. Get to know your surrounding area by going out to bars and checking out the local merchants.
9.A week’s worth of clothing
Only bring a couple cans of tuna, some ramen noodles, some soup and other nonperishables. Any time I move I become a shut in for about a week before I start checking out the surrounding area. I don’t know why this is.
Altogether, this shouldn’t be to much of a load. Many of the items can be picked up in Brooklyn or Queens, so take only what you really know you want right away at your new place. This ensures that you won’t feel like an outsider with nothing to show for yourself.
optional things to bring if you have room–Dishware, silverware, a small tv, videogame console, speakers, etc. These are secondary items that you might want to bring if you are taking a car.
The starving artist is always looking for a good “free” ride. It just so happened that when i moved to the city last july, my friend was going to see bob dylan the night before. I told him that i would buy his ticket if he drove me all the way into new york city. He agreed and i got a “free ride” into the city, complete with the above list of items. Plus, i got to go see Bob Dylan!!! Call it what you will, but it all worked out in the end.
Affordable areas to live in Brooklyn and Queens.