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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Cheap Broadway tickets to all the Broadway Shows

The 4 Musicals You Should See on Broadway If You Can Only Pick One

You’ve arrived in New York City, whether you’re staying here for a long time or a short time, you’re going to probably want to see a Broadway Show… But which one!? If you feel like a musical on Broadway, here’s … Read More

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New Victory Theatre A Simple Space 3

Show Review: Gravity & Other Myths – A SIMPLE SPACE

We headed to the New Victory Theatre to see Gravity & Other Myths, an Australian group (based in Adelaide, woo) perform A SIMPLE SPACE. The long story short: It was not what I expected at all!  So what is it? … Read More

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How to dispose of a mattress (or box spring) in New York City

How to dispose of a mattress (or box spring) in New York City

There are pretty strict rules about what you can do with a mattress in New York City and for good reason. If you think it’s ok to just put your mattress on the sidewalk and hope for the best, I’ve … Read More

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The best way to get to (and from) New York City's airports

The best way to get to (and from) New York City’s airports

JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are the three biggest airports for New York City and actually getting there in time can be surprisingly difficult. If the traffic picks up then you’re going to be in a car for around 2 hours … Read More

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The best ways to get around in New York City

Living in a big city comes with its benefits, but amongst all of the wonder, there’s also the difficulty of getting around. If you catch a train, there’s a chance that you get stuck in a smelly carriage, and if … Read More

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Top 10 questions to ask when renting a New York apartment in 2019

Top 10 questions to ask when renting a New York apartment in 2019

When you move to New York one thing that shocks you quickly is the size (or lack thereof), quality (or lack thereof), and value (or lack thereof) of apartments. It’s important to be discerning when you’re looking, so here are … Read More

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Your Guide to New York Gyms

There are SO many gyms in New York, it’s truly outrageous. Depending on what you want, you can find just about everything you’re looking for including (but not limited to) NYC Goat Yoga. Seriously.  So, starting from closest-to-what-Josh-likes and moving … Read More

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Cheapest and easiest place to get an E-3 Visa

Cheapest and easiest place to get an E-3 Visa

Getting an E-3 Visa is a stressful time, no matter how qualified, how prepared, how experienced, or how eager you are to get one. The least I can do is make the process a little bit easier based on reviews … Read More

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Restaurant Week 2019 is almost here!

NYC Restaurant Week 2019 is almost here!

New York City’s Restaurant Week (the first one for 2019) is almost upon us, so I thought I’d give you a quick insight on what exactly it is and how to take the best advantage of it! Restaurants, New York, … Read More

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Scott from Scott's Cheap Flights has some special tips

Scott from Scott’s Cheap Flights has some special tips

If you haven’t heard of Scott’s Cheap Flights, it’s a website that provides “the world’s best flight deals. Handpicked by experts.” and allows you to “get email alerts when our experts find cheap international flights departing from your favorite airports.” … Read More

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Two Years in NYC

My second year in New York City

Just as promised, I knew you’d see My second year in NYC So what crazy stories, can I add to ONE? And what adventures are still to come? Most importantly, you should know I met a girl, in last year’s … 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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