Moving to NYC

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jayridge, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. jayridge


    Jun 26, 2006
    I guess the title says it all. I am looking for an apartment in NYC. What are the best locations for easy access to live music? Thanks in advance.
  2. Where are you moving from? What kind of music are you looking for?
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    You must have one heck of a job or you got money. An apartment in NYC costs as much as a mortgage payment for a home in the 'burbs'! Music's all over NYC but hit the village for all the small clubs and venues.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Bring money...
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Seriously, a little background. Do you have a trust fund, independent means of income, looking for job, have a couple of hundred thousand saved up, have a couple of hundred saved up? Do you know anybody here? You can't find a studio for much under $1200 a month and that's in the boroughs or in upstate Manhattan (Inwood), 1 bedrooms are going for $1600 to $1800 in Queens. Getting around is pretty easy, subway goes pretty much everywhere all the time. But if you're looking for fall out my front door everything at my feet, that's gonna be more than 2K a month for less than 500 square feet...
  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    My suggestion - find a nice place anywhere with reasonable rent, and buy a car (if you don't already have one). That gives easy access to any gig.

    And FWIW, there are lots of gigs in Staten Island and NJ. People in NYC without cars cut themselves off from all that. Its also a lot easier to become a big fish in the smaller pond of SI than it is in any of the other boroughs. I earn my living playing music in NJ for the past 2 and half years. I've played much more in NYC and never before came even close to doing that.
  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I beg to differ...
  8. Interspace Station

    Interspace Station Director at THE SPACEPORT Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    New York
    Solid advice telling someone looking to move to NYC, assuming for the first time, to also deal with the hassle of owning a car in NYC :woot: “The best part of waking up...(is running five blocks to move your car to avoid getting a parking ticket on alternate side parking days then finding someone smashed your window because they thought those were real Ray Bans on the dash but it turned out they were just knock offs from downtown but at least someone else keyed your car) in your cuuuup!”

    All joking aside, more info! NYC is an incredible place to live and work, come prepared. And we need more info!
  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I live in New York City but not in Manhattan. Is the OP moving to Manhattan? A car is gonna need a very expensive place to live there.
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Yep. Not much less expensive than an apartment in the burbs sometimes, depending on where you’re garaging it.

    Pretty much everything about NYC is pretty amazing. But that goes for its prices too.
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  11. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Unless you are a zillionaire, Manhattan is out, unless you're talking about maybe Inwood, in which case you'll still be riding the A train for a loooong time to get anywhere else. My friends live in Jackson Heights in Queens, where the rents are, if not reasonable, at least possible. Although it too is getting gentrified.

    Music happens all over the city; a lot of it below 14th Street in Manhattan, but a lot now in Brooklyn, too. I don't know how your taste in music runs, but NYC is still the top destination for jazz: the Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smoke, 55 Bar, etc., etc.

    PS: A car? In Manhattan? Fuggedaboudit!
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn has the most live music venues.

    Regarding getting a car, it's expensive here.. NYC discourages people from buying cars by raising the taxes, fees, and giving you tickets whenever possible. I'd say don't, but you decide.

    Good luck!
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  13. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    back in the day (80's-90's) the village and lower east side were the places to be..But music happens everywhere in the city, mostly midtown and lower Manhattan, but as described above brooklyn, queens are the new hip spots..a car in the city is useless and expensive as well as everything else. If you dont need a car, or know someone rich enough to have on in the city you can use....well then nyc will be a great place for music....hang around the village, bleeker st. west 4th st....there's still a few great spots there
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  14. fishdreams


    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing: Martin Keith Guitars
    NY Metro (and let's count in Long Island, New Jersey and Staten Island for argument's sake) is a tapestry of tiny scenes (literally hundreds/thousands of them, sometimes with a guru-like inspirational figure at the center of it) that is going to take a while to figure out. For example, there is no such thing as "the" NY jazz scene, there's jazz singer's scenes, jazz standard blowout session scenes, downtown scenes, (which in itself carves up in various avant improv scenes, 60s based free jazz and whatnot). Scenes also tend to be divided along neighborhood aka ethnic lines; I just moved to East Flatbush in Brooklyn for example and now am finding out about all the local Caribbean music scenes going on there. There's tons of Singer-songwriting stuff performed all over the city, there's metal, reggae; you name it, it's all there in numerous sub scenes. One thing I haven't found yet is a blues scene of any magnitude; I've seen and heard blues played on a very local street/ community garden level in African-American parts of Brooklyn, played by older men, and that's about it. Anybody knows any blues scenes in NY, I'd love to hear it.....

    I'd say the one overarching element is that in the city (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens) everybody tends to play original music, (barring typical restaurant/tourist trap musical fare or wedding/bar mitzvah work) and in my - admittedly more limited - experience in Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey, it becomes more coverband territory.

    So I think we do need a little extra background as to what the OP is after, style/music wise.
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  15. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Bed-Sty is probably your cheapest option (
    (But probably not the safest).

    Brooklyn has a lot of life. That’s where the cool kids live.
  16. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    My suggestion: screw living in NYC. Look in NJ with easy public transportation access, or car (but you'd be foolish to not take the public transportation; bus, train).

    Your rent will be almost HALF for almost twice as much. I'm not saying this is typical, but I have a 4 bedroom thats around 15 minutes via bus to NYC for 1900 a month, and its NOICE!
  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    As warren zevon said, “bring lawyers, guns and money!
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  18. jayridge


    Jun 26, 2006
    Hi. Here is more information. I currently live in VA just outside of DC. Its just the wife and myself. We both play (guitar, bass - of course, banjo, mandolin, violin) and like any style of music with good players. This move is for my day job, and sadly I realize an apartment 1/4 the size of my current place will cost more. That is why I am hoping to find somewhere we can walk/subway to hear great music. A little joy to offset the sadness.
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  19. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    I have never lived there, but have researched a lot. I think for most working-class people, the only viable option is to rent a room. Best of luck to you. There's nothing like the vibe of New York!