So, because of how school ended up for me, I'm going to need to relocate to New York within the next six months.
I'm trying to encourage my husband to consider pulling up stakes and going on the sooner end of that rather than the later, since I'd like to be settled before classes start for me, and since once I finish with finals this semester, there's nothing holding us here but our lease, and we were going to have to break that anyway.
And I've asked my New Yorker friends, and they've given me some good answers, but I don't see any reason not to cast a wider net:
-Are there any neighborhoods (we're looking Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens) that we should look at over others? I don't think either of us really care about nightlife, we just want something close to the subway.
-That said, we've also been thinking about finding something in Inwood. I'm not sure why, but there's something about it that appeals to us. However, I know it's predominantly Dominican, and neither of us speaks Spanish (although I'd like to learn). Would it be difficult for us to navigate?
-Is it better for me to fly our cat or drive him when we do relocate?
-My husband is from a very small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. NYC is about as far removed from that as it goes. Living in Norfolk has been a reasonable dress rehearsal for this (although we didn't know it at the time), but I'm assuming he needs to visit more than once before we take the plunge for good? He's never been before.
-How long to I have to live there before I get to start looking down my nose at the flyovers? And if the answer is "You never do," is this because I'm an immigrant, or because I'm me?