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Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in New York City, Updated for 2015!

23rd Edition Now Available

Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in New York City, 23rd Ed.The twenty-third edition of the Newcomer’s Handbook® for Moving to and Living in New York City: Including Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Northern New Jersey, about 415 pages long, contains detailed information on neighborhoods, getting settled, helpful services, child care and education, cultural life, green living, and much more. Updated by Julie Schwietert Collazo, who has lived in New York City since 1999, this book, designed especially for individuals who are planning to move to New York City or for those who have just arrived in the Big Apple is the essential guide to the New York boroughs and the surrounding communities.

In detailing New York City neighborhoods from Inwood to Battery Park, or Riverdale to Bayside to DUMBO to Grymes Hill, this volume delineates the character and features of each area as well as the types and availability of housing, plus a list of convenient addresses and web sites. It then goes further afield to describe suburbs in New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester, and Connecticut. This edition also includes photographs illustrating what the neighborhoods and communities actually look like.

Updates to the twenty-third edition include amended neighborhood maps, new and updated website addresses for quick access to additional information, and new sections, including Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery, and Postpartum Services in the Helpful Services chapter and Charter Schools in the Childcare and Education chapter.

Here is an excerpt from our Cultural Life chapter:

The incredible diversity and depth of the city’s cultural, intellectual, and artistic life is a magnet for many of the people who move here. Nowhere else can such an enormous range of interests and avocations be accommodated on so many levels. While it is impossible to cover all the opportunities New York offers, we can help the newcomer, young and old alike, access this cultural variety by providing a compilation of ticket, subscription, and membership information for leading opera companies, symphony orchestras, dance companies, theatrical repertory groups, and museums. We’ve also included cultural opportunities for children, as well as a section called Literary Life that focuses on libraries and bookstores. Addresses provided are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. For more cultural life and opportunities, see the community resources listed at the end of each neighborhood profile at the beginning of the book. And while it’s easy to forget that New York is a college town, don’t forget to check out the many offerings of colleges and universities around the city,
including Columbia, CUNY, and NYU (see Higher Education at the end of the Childcare and Education chapter).

Moving to College

Learning About Your New College Town

CollegeIt’s that time of year when all the high school graduates are starting to enjoy their final summer before college. However, before you even realize, it will be time to leave for college, and our Newcomer’s Handbooks are here to assist you!

Let’s begin with New York City, home to the prestigious New York University. The big city can be intimidating, especially to a freshman who does not know what to expect. However, our Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in New York City can be your guide to Manhattan, Queens, and more. It looks closely at various neighborhoods just in case you need (or want) to live off campus. Our handbooks also offer information on performing arts theaters such as the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, both of which sell tickets to students at a discounted rate.

Chicago houses many colleges, one of which being Chicago State University. Chicago State University offers 36 diverse undergraduate programs and 29 focused graduate programs. Our handbook explores the amazing activities the city has to offer: from Broadway shows to the Bean– a public sculpture in Millennium Park. Our Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in Chicago also includes a section for shopping, so that you know where to go to fill up the dorm room.

HarvardHarvard, located in Boston, is one of America’s most beloved universities. America’s first university is surrounded with history and pubs. Our Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in Boston takes a brief look at some of the local lingo as well as how to navigate the busy streets and take advantage of public transportation. We also include a section regarding where to become involved in the community, from places to volunteer, like Pine Street Inn— a homeless shelter— to places of worship, using the National Council of Churches. Our handbook will surely make any college student in Boston feel like a part of the city.

The University of California, Los Angeles is the largest of the nine UC campuses. Whether it’s the promise of fame in the big city or the fabulously warm weather, this University has grown to educate more than 35,000 students, which has also increased the difficulty of being accepted. UCLA may be known for its college football and basketball team, but if you’re also a fan of professional sports, our books offer a list of stadiums and arenas, such as the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium, so you can watch your favorite game.

If you’re already packing your boxes for college, be sure to refer to one of our handbooks to best prepare for your move!

Written by: Kristin Monteith