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.

The Best Coworking Space in NYC

The best (and cheapest) coworking space in NYC

So back in November, 2017 I wrote an article about “Co-working space in NYC“, and I’m going to up the ante (because I’ve now been a member for about a year and it’s time to renew my vows). Co-working in … Read More

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On the 25th of April, we take a moment to remember those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Here’s where you can go if you … Read More

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Two Hands Restaurant

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (April 18, 2018)

Is it time to put your feet up and enjoy some great outdoors? Probably not, but it’s worth a shot! Restaurant of the week If you’re looking for Australian, you can’t go past this one… Two Hands (NoLIta & TriBeCa) is … Read More

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Where to stand when you're waiting for the New York Subway

Where to stand when you’re waiting for the New York Subway

This tip seems completely obvious when you work it out, and if you’ve lived here for long enough you would have heard the notices over and over… But it doesn’t hurt to repeat it again. DON’T STAND IN FRONT OF … Read More

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Dinner with New Friends

Dinner with New Friends

HELLO AGAIN, EVERYONE! 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 … Read More

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Tsuro Ton Tan Udon Noodle

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (April 11, 2018)

THIS SATURDAY IT’S GETTING WARM! Even if only for a glimmer. Restaurant of the week Hard to say, fun to eat: Tsurotontan Udon Noodle, on Union Square is sensational. Not only is the food delicious, the venue is lovely and … Read More

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What the mackerel? 9 things I learned this week about mackerel

What the Mackerel? 9 Things I Learned This Week About Mackerel

This week I got an email from Jenn: So, Jenn, here’s what I learned about mackerel this week for you: Mackerel are a fish, even though “mackerel” kinda made me think more of an oyster; They got real popular in … Read More

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Can I use travel insurance instead of health insurance?

Can I use travel insurance instead of health insurance?

A question that I get asked frequently because when people arrive into the US, they see just how obscenely expensive the medical and health insurance is here and they think that they might have worked out a magical loophole. If … Read More

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How to do determine residency as an expat

How to do determine residency as an expat

The amount of times I read: “NO, I’M ON A TEMPORARY VISA, I’M NOT A RESIDENT OF THE U.S.” is quite incredible. It comes up a lot whether you’re looking at getting your driver license in NYC, filing tax, or … Read More

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Drink Like a Local in NYC

Drink like a local in NYC with these great bars

From Aussie Mums in New York: New Yorkers are a social bunch and there are plenty of great bars to satisfy everyone including wine bars, sports bars, dive bars, cocktail bars and the very unique ‘SpeakEasy’ bar. As locals or … Read More

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tabl - the world's most adaptable table leg

tabl – the world’s most adaptable table leg

I just think this is cool and Nick is a fellow Australian in New York! A minimalist table leg system that allows you to instantly create a beautiful, future-proof table. And then re-create it over and over. If you think … Read More

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Drivers License in New York State as an Expat

How to get your driver license and drive as an expat in New York and America

As an expat, the first thing you need to remember is that in many situations while you may be “technically” correct because of all the research you’ve done but there is a very good chance that the person you’re speaking … Read More

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first meal
Munchery Grapefruit Salad

Need Dinner?

I recommend Munchery for dinner, and here's a link for $20 free to try it out! It's delivered freshly cooked and cold; ready to heat up and eat!
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.