How to move to America & Moving to New York City

Tips, tricks, and guides to help you with your move. Everything from banking to sandwiches.


All the information an expat needs before a move to America and New York City.

Have you just arrived or still planning your move to New York City?


You’ve landed in the United States, and it's now time get yourself setup. This is your guide to NYC and America for the first month.


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.


Are you looking to meet new people in New York? Once a week, 10 people who aren’t yet friends having dinner (and drinks if you’d like) at an affordable restaurant around NYC on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 7pm (with me there too).

Latest from the NYC Expat Blog

Everything you need to know and the latest tips from an Australian abroad.

Dinner with New Friends

Dinner with New Friends

Since moving to NYC and starting this website to try and help Aussies (and other expats) new to NYC, I’ve met some really awesome people one-on-one. Some of the people I’ve met have had specific questions they needed help with, … Read More

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Adelaide Crows AFL Grand Final New York City

Where to watch the AFL Grand Final 2018 in New York City

If you’re looking for a great spot to watch the 2018 AFL Grand Final in New York City, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re having an event or know of a great venue, please do let me know and … Read More

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Immigration Diversity Lottery USA

Green Card Lottery 2018 (DV-2020): Eight things you must know

First things first: The green card lottery 2018 (DV-2020) is not yet open (I’ll update this page when it opens). DO NOT TRUST ANY WEBSITE THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE. Second things second: There is only one official website for entering the green … Read More

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Tuck Shop NYC Closing

Tuck Shop NYC is closing after 13 years!

It was the first “Australian-style” place I visited after moving here to New York on a day of weakness, in search of a pie. The Tuck Shop on 1st Avenue is shutting its doors next Tuesday, September 25, and they’ve … Read More

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Wine Tasting Sail NYC

Wine Tasting Sail NYC: Our Weekend on the Water

This weekend, Stacey and I went for a Wine Tasting Sail out of New York City’s North Cove Yacht Harbor (near the World Trade Centre) on the Hudson River with Manhattan by Sail and it was freaking delightful! After very … Read More

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Why you’re not allowed to share your contact details at Dinner with New Friends

Why you’re not allowed to share your contact details at Dinner with New Friends

If you haven’t heard of it, Dinner with New Friends is my own little way of making New York City a little smaller and a little more friendly for those who live here: 10 people who have never met each … Read More

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Madison Square Eats Closes Soon

Madison Square Eats: Flatiron does gourmet

Have you visited Madison Square Eats? There are only a couple more weeks left, so if you’re craving some delicious treats, you should get down to the Flatiron area before October 5! What is Madison Square Eats, well I’ll let … Read More

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Board Game Bars in NYC - The Uncommons

Board game bars NYC

I. Love. Board Games. I really do. Something I hadn’t done before moving to New York though was going to a bar with a small group of friends to play… and it was awesome! The Uncommons is a board game … Read More

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i94 Form Admit Until Date

What is an i94 and how to print my i-94 number

It’s one of the most important documents you’ve never heard of, but the i94 form is actually one of the easiest to get your hands on and being aware of it is worth its weight in gold for those who … Read More

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Best East Village Restaurants - Post NYC

East Village Restaurants – Where to eat in the East Village – My Top 5

With so many East Village Restaurants to choose from it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry though, I’m here to give you a rundown of what I think are the Top 5 restaurants in the East Village (from what I’ve tried so … Read More

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Millman winning means cheap tickets to the US Open

Millman wins, and US Open Ticket Prices Plummet

If you follow the US Open you will know that Australian, John Millman, knocked Roger Federer out last round in possibly the biggest upset of the tournament. What does this mean for you? Well first things first, if you’re Australian, … Read More

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Things I Don't Like Dear Australian Community

Dear the NYC Australian community, things aren’t “worse”, they’re just different!

I don’t normally post personal feelings and thoughts, but I want to start a conversation with the community of Australians living in New York City (and further afield) to see what you all think. I’m highlighting Australians because I am … Read More

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Scott's Walking Pizza Tours Pocket Pizza Journal

Do you like pizza and walking? You’ll love a pizza walking tour in NYC!

This weekend, a small group of friends and I tried out Scotts’ Pizza Tours (more specifically, we did the “(North) Greenwich Village Pizza Walk” one) and it was delicious and great fun! From their website: From wood-fired brick ovens to … 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 - I love a chat. There are also forms at the bottom of every page that will let you send feedback.

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