Real Talk on Moving to NYC
I work for a BB now and am based in an office in the Midwest. While it's not 100% sure yet, an opportunity has come up where I might be asked to move to NYC. If I do progress to a discussion on relocation, I want to be prepared with some information. So I'm coming to WSO to get some "boots on the ground" knowledge from you good people. Here's a brain-dump on what's important to me and would love to hear your collective thoughts:
1 - I'm a mid-career professional, so some of my needs might be a little different than the SAs or first years that are moving to New York. I prefer to hear from people that are a little further along in their careers.
2 - I am single with no kids, so things like schools and childcare are really not important to me. I'm also not someone that needs a lot of space, I live fairly modestly.
3 - My biggest concern is salary expectations. Online relocation salaries say I need to ask about 2.25x my salary for a move to New York. That strikes me as a little high, but you guys would know better. For the sake of argument, let's say I'm coming from Dallas and make $200k - both of those items are wrong, but close enough.
4 - Along the same lines, I'm concerned about taxes. I pay (relatively) low taxes now but I know that won't fly in New York. Is it better to live on the New Jersey side? I hear property taxes are killer in NJ. It is possible for me to be based out of Jersey City to avoid NY taxes if that makes a difference.
5 - My second biggest concern is my dog. I have to be close to a park where I can walk him every day. I'm not giving up my dog to move and the move will be hard on him regardless. So I need lots of greenery to have him enjoy our daily walks (we do two walks a day and the dog park nearly every day for him to run around). He's only 20 pounds so I think that should be acceptable for most buildings, right?
6 - Perhaps not a deal breaker, but close - I want to bring my car. I know, I know . . . But I grew up in LA, a car is like a necessary extension of me. I have an SUV and I have a 911 being delivered in September. At least one of those cars is coming with me - guess which car I'm willing to sell? :) What am I looking at for parking? I wouldn't mind storing my car somewhere for weekend use as long as I know its safe; I'm assuming there's places for that.
7 - Again, LA, I don't do public transportation. I want to be walking distance of the Tribeca area (you guys are smart, please protect my privacy). I think I'm a buyer for most studios/1 BD under 600K. Am I dreaming or is that possible? I define walking distance as 1 - 1.5 miles. My team only reports to the office 2/week so I also wouldn't mind a location that lets me Uber/taxi for a reasonable amount.
Thanks in advance.