The Definitive Guide for moving to New York & America


For the information you need before you move.

Have you just arrived or still planning your move?


You’re here now, you’ve landed in the United States, and you want to get yourself setup.


Once you've gotten all that out the way and you know the essentials, finally you want to know the extra bits to make the stay even better.

Latest from the Blog

Everything you need to know and the latest tips.

How and where to pet a puppy in New York City

After my email last week asking for how I could pet a puppy, a very kind couple of friends Edward and Kathryn reached out with this fantastic piece of advice. “Kathryn and I volunteered at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in … Read More

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The Butcher's Daughter

NYC Venues & Things-to-do of the week (February 14, 2018)

Welcome to the best things to do in New York City, and the best places to visit in NYC! Restaurant of the week Are you a vegan? I’m not, but since I’ve been here in New York I’ve been to … Read More

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Top tips for Australians moving to New York

Top tips for Australians moving to New York

Many of us (myself included) that visit New York on holiday dream of coming back to work in the Big Apple one day.  So we spoke to one Aussie expat in New York to share his tips for Australians moving … Read More

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Nine tips for your resume in America as an expat

Nine tips for your resume in America as an expat

Applying for jobs in the US is notoriously difficult and competitive, so you want to make sure that you’re giving yourself every single chance and putting your best foot forward. In many cases, this best foot will mean your resume … Read More

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Malatesta Trattoria

NYC Venues & Things-to-do of the week (February 7, 2018)

Welcome to the best things to do in New York City, and the best places to visit in NYC! Restaurant of the week Looking for a delicious and great value bite in the West Village area? Don’t go past Malatesta … Read More

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Cocktails in NYC

Cheap drinks in NYC this winter

If you’re looking for a way to drink cheaply this winter in NYC, rest assured you’re not the only one. There are actually a few different services around the place that will facilitate you going out, having a tasty cocktail, … Read More

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Top 10 Reasons To Post a letter at USPS

Top 10 reasons to go to USPS to post a letter

Haha. Just kidding. It’s awful.

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How to build your credit in the US as an Australian

How to build your credit score in the US as an Australian

Credit is one of those puzzles that everyone who moves to the United States comes across, and the internet is filled with ridiculous amounts of (sometimes terrible information). Everything below is from my personal experience combined with speaking to as … Read More

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Wohop City Chinatown New York City

NYC Venues & Things-to-do of the week (January 31, 2018)

Restaurant of the week It’s late at night, and you’re in Lower Manhattan having a drink with some close friends who are visiting from abroad. You want to show off that you know this city back to front and head … Read More

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The really really quick snapshot intro to Football before the Superbowl FOOTBALL 101

The really really quick snapshot intro to Football before the Super Bowl

The first thing to know about American Football (or “Football” as you will now call it) is that the rules are relatively complex and what you read below is by no means going to give you a complete guide to … Read More

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Pay your taxes IRS tax season 2018

Doing your tax as an expat in America in 2018

It’s almost tax time. In fact, the tax “season” officially opened two days ago which means that: The Internal Revenue Service will officially begin accepting individual returns on Monday So what does that mean for you as an expat? Well, … Read More

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MINC Netball Manhattan New York

How to play netball in NYC

Are you a keen netballer? Well, I’m sure that you miss playing now that you’ve moved here to New York City! Never fear though, there’s now a way that you can be called for obstruction (even though you were totally … Read More

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Is something not right? Feel like a beer? A coffee? A chat? A friend?

Welcome to America Josh

Hello! I’m Josh Pugh and I arrived in New York on January 12, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia (read more about me if you’d like) with a suitcase and not much more.

While I found lots of resources across the internet to help with my move, I couldn’t find a reliable central point with information about the basics; so I thought I’d fix that.

This site is a compilation of answers to frequently asked questions I’ve found on forums, Facebook pages and from my own experience. The content is always changing and evolving as I learn more and as helpful people submit updates. To help you, all pages include “Last updated” dates right at the bottom.

If you think something isn't quite right, have a hot tip, or want to share a coffee (beer) please do email me at [email protected] - I love a chat. There are also forms at the bottom of every page that will let you send feedback.


Are you looking for something completely different to do this weekend? Why not climb Mount Beacon, a short ride north of New York City!