What is it like to really live and work in New York? For those thinking about the move, is this really doable? And, if so, is it a real challenge or do the benefits outweigh the difficulties? Here we take a very brief look at some of the factors to be considered.
First off the infamous WeWork phenomenon – that is not news in an of itself – is reaching a new level. Instead of simply using the space for work one can also kinda live there now too with the Financial District’s WeLive phenomenon. Spaces up to four bedrooms large can be rented out for a day or even a year! For those looking for something smaller that is possible too as studios can also be rented for short- and long-term uses.
The advantage of this is that everything comes included – all the silverware, utensils and anything possible that you would ordinarily need to live. You can make use of the bar, laundry room and swimming pool as well; it really has become a home away from home and for those traveling for work who need the space this is a great option. It also works for those considering a more permanent move – of themselves or their entire businesses – to the New York area. It is kind of like a trial to see how working would be in practice.
Another area we looked into was transportation. Reports show it’s actually not bad at all. According to Times contributor Jonathan Mahler, “In New York, movement—anywhere, anytime—is a right.” Unlike some other large cities, there is just one flat fare when it comes to the city’s public transportation – the Metro. So you “don’t’ get penalized for not being able to live centrally.” Which is actually very positive considering how pricey that can be. And that also probably accounts for why NYC has become such a hub of culture.