The Definitive Expat Guide for moving to New York City & America

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

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?

SETTING UP

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.

LIVING HERE

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.

DINNER WITH NEW FRIENDS

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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The one Broadway show you should see this summer if you only have time for one

The one Broadway show you should see this summer if you only have time for one

Last night I was very kindly given tickets to see a musical on Broadway by my girlfriend, Stacey. Thanks, Stacey! The show? Dear Evan Hansen. Sure, it came to Broadway in 2016 and has won everything there is to win, so … Read More

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How to watch the US Open for free (and the top tips for going)

How to watch the US Open for free (and the top tips for going)

This was awesomely submitted by my friend, Edward S. What a hero, thanks, Edward! The 138th edition of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship promises to be an entertaining tournament and a great way to spend a day or two during the … Read More

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The cheapest way to call Australia (and other countries) from the US

The cheapest way to call Australia (and other countries) from the US

As you may have already discovered, if you call +61 and start dialing Australia, you may be in for a fright when your phone plan arrives at the end of the month, and finding this information in one place can … Read More

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How to get help with tasks and move stuff around NYC without a car

This weekend I had an adventure! I needed to move a big TV from 12th Street to 57th Street, and then take a different TV from 57th Street to 47th Street. In Manhattan. I can’t do it with a train … Read More

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The 7 BEST Affordable Restaurants in New York City

The 7 BEST Affordable Restaurants in New York City

Last week I wrote about the Best 3 Bagel places in Manhattan which gave rise to an awesome discussion about other places I recommended throughout the city. So here are my current 7 best restaurants where you’ll finish saying “Yum!” … Read More

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The New York secret that’s got everyone talking

Last week I wrote about the Best 3 Bagel places in Manhattan… So this week is about everything BUT the Bagel. Literally. This is going to change everything about your life in a wonderful way. Everything from butter on toast to … Read More

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Where do people read America Josh from in New York?

Where do people read America Josh from in New York?

I’ve been asking for Zip Codes from everyone who subscribes to America Josh’s mailing list, and I thought it would be interesting to have a look where you’re all based! Safe to say, we’ve got a good part of Manhattan … Read More

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The best things to do and see in Hell’s Kitchen every month

Last week I was lucky enough to meet with Phil (Publisher) and Ruth (Editor) of W42ST Magazine! So what is W42ST? It’s a magazine that shows off all the awesome in the West side’s Hell’s Kitchen. I’ll let them tell you … Read More

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The Malt House FiDi NYC

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (August 1, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week (especially after a whole week off, what the hell have I been doing!?) Restaurant of the week … Read More

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The 3 best bagels in Manhattan, New York City (and how to order a bagel properly)

The 3 best bagels in Manhattan, New York City (and how to order a bagel properly)

This is either going to win me a lot of friends or make me a lot of enemies, because New Yorkers definitely take their bagels seriously, so be sure to let me know what you think! Before we get to … Read More

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Boulton and Watt

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (July 25, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week (especially after a whole week off, what the hell have I been doing!?) Restaurant of the week … Read More

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Get money back for owning a window air conditioner and control it with WiFi for free

Get money back for owning a window air conditioner and control it with WiFi for free

Did you know that ConEd can send you a free device to control your air conditioner with WiFi, and can also give you $30 back if you’ve recently bought a new air conditioner? I didn’t either until my friends Matt … Read More

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SPECIALS & DEALS

I'm always trying to find specials and deals just for you. If I have any good new ones, you'll see them below here!

25% off

first clean
RoomTurn Candle Best Cleaner in NYC
Special Discount

House & Apartment Cleaner

We've made great friends with the team at RoomTurn and can now offer a special deal!

50% off

first month
The Best Coworking Space in NYC
Special Discount

The Best & Cheapest Co-working in New York City

WiFi, Coffee, Snacks, space, fun, community, friends, quiet, peace. All for $49 in your first month. Yep.

DEALS

everywhere
Munchery Grapefruit Salad
ONLINE DEAL

Need Dinner?

There are so many delivery places, and lots of them give deals to you if you sign up through a referral, so here you go!
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 josh@americajosh.com - I love a chat. There are also forms at the bottom of every page that will let you send feedback.

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