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


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 month, 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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Union Fare Gastrohall

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (May 23, 2018)

Where has Josh been this week? Restaurant of the week I’m always looking for somewhere central for lunch, dinner or a drink, and I think I’ve found the perfect place! Union Fare (Union Square) is a new industrial restaurant and Modern gastrohall. … Read More

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Where to get your first credit card when you move to America

Where to get your first credit card when you move to America

As I’ve written quite a number of times, gaining a credit score and building a credit history in the United States is one of the most important steps in moving here, but is also one of the most difficult. There … Read More

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How to Write the Perfect Apartment Listing

One of the most common posts you’ll see online in expat communities is apartment listings, so I think it’s about time that we come to an agreement about how these posts are written. If you’re advertising or looking for an … Read More

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Crave Fishbar

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (May 16, 2018)

It was warm for a little bit… That counts. Restaurant of the week Crave Fishbar is a DELIGHTFUL spot in Midtown East if you’re looking for some seafood (or even if you’re not). With everything you need from fish sliders … Read More

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5 Tips for Staying Safe & Happy in New York City

5 Tips for Staying Safe & Happy in New York City

I moved to New York City in January 2017 and I’ve been here for almost 17 months now, so I’m pretty sure I’m a pro at living in New York City and any New Yorker would tell you that I’m … Read More

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The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (May 9, 2018)

Seafood? Wine not! Restaurant of the week I don’t always go out for lunch so when I do, I love going somewhere nice. Sagaponack (Flatiron) has a funny name but boy is it delicious! Primarily serving fresh seafood, this place … Read More

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Apartment available in the West Village NYC

Apartment available in the West Village, NYC

This is my friend Ryan and Meggie’s place that they’re moving out of. They’re legends, and if you’re a legend too, you can have this place! Lease takeover on an AMAZING 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of the West Village. … Read More

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300 Likes on Facebook Thank You

300 fans on Facebook & 300 new friends for dinner

Since launching America Josh I’ve had SO much fun meeting so many of the people living in New York City and hearing from people all over the world. Today I hit 300 fans on Facebook AND we reached 300 people … Read More

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One Year Anniversary

What’s the 2018 plan for America Josh?

So it’s been almost one whole year since I launched America Josh. Whoa. What started as a hobby to distract myself as I went through the trials of moving to a new country has now turned into a fully fledged … Read More

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Dinner with New Friends #2 Reviews

Dinner with New Friends #2 was a great success

Dinner with New Friends #2 was an absolutely great fun time! 11 AWESOME people who have lived all over the world (including right here in New York) joined me (Josh) for dinner at San Marzano in the East Village. A … Read More

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Cask Wine Bar Murray Hill

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (May 2, 2018)

So many options, so little time. Restaurant of the week Let’s be honest, you’re all eating from home most of the time anyway so what about the best ways to get food delivered this week? Each of these links is … Read More

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Find Your Room(mate)

A better way to find a room or a roommate in NYC

I’m looking for a new apartment. I may as well start there! I currently live in a three bedroom with two other people and I’m ideally looking for two things: An outdoor area of some type (rooftop, garden, cracked skylight); … 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.