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New York

Read SAYIT's advice on and contact information for accommodation and J1 summer job hunting in New York, USA.

New York City, also known as "The Big Apple", or "The City That Never Sleeps", is the largest, most populated and diverse city in the United States. While New York City might seem like a million miles away from the beach hopping J1 that appeals to so many rain trodden Irish students, rest assured, this is an experience that you'll never forget. New York is comprised of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.  It is a perfect place for somebody with lots of energy and drive.

Accommodation

Living in New York is very expensive so keep this in mind if you plan on spending the summer there. Many NYC families move out of the city to the Hamptons for the summer, and sublet their apartments.  If you plan on trying to secure housing this way, be sure to have great landlord references. In general, the cheapest areas to find housing are Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Some of our previous J1ers recommend searching in the Village Voice, a free weekly newspaper in New York City, published every Tuesday.

McLean Avenue in Woodlawn is also recommended as it has a large Irish population making it a "home away from home" for J1ers. There is also a massive shopping centre called Cross County which is approximately 20 minutes by bus from this location. 

Columbia University is very useful in providing student accommodation information and it would be wise to check out their website before you go.

New York University offers affordable summer housing around the city as well.

If you find yourself stuck when you get to New York, there are plenty of short-term hostels to stay in. In the past students have recommended:

Chelsea International Hostel (251 West 20th St., Phone: +1 212-647-0010)

Hostelling International (891 Amsterdam Ave, Phone: +1 212-932-2300) Other useful websites for accommodations: http://www.international-study-usa.com/accommodation-new-york.htm http://www.international-study-usa.com/accommodation-New-York-rooms-for-interns.htm https://www.apartmentlist.com/ny/new-york-metro

Job Hunting

In New York Jobs may be more difficult to find than in smaller cities purely because of its sheer volume of people. Our previous students have stated that those who were in tipping jobs made the most money. Tipping is expected in New York, so while your hourly wage may not be high, you will likely make more than those in retail once you account for your tips. 

If serving or bartending isn’t for you however, however, not to worry! Retail jobs are plentiful in New

York. The big stores such as the Gap, Banana Republic, Abercrombie and Fitch, Old Navy, Macys’, Bloomingdale’s are worth a visit.  Check out the Cross County Shopping Center website, the retailers post their vacancies there.

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