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An Expat Talks about Living in New York, New York

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

New York

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

In New York, the question should probably be "How do I find the right group, from the hundreds and hundreds out there, for me and my family?" You can't go wrong. There is something for every niche - from professional organizations for every industry to social groups for different cultures, religions, sexual preferences, age groups, activities... Many people join gyms, churches or temples -- and volunteer organizations. New York Cares offers an easy way to get involved with volunteer activities. Once you join (free), they send you a monthly calendar and you may choose which day and activity you would like to do. So, you don't have a regular commitment.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

One of the most diverse cities in the world! People strive to be different!

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Wall Street & related financial firms, advertising, fashion, acting, film, television, news, publishing and everything else. If you want to live and work in New York, you will find a way! When the economy is slow, it's more difficult to find a job, but not impossible! And, there are opportunities to get your foot in the door in every industry. Find jobs online, papers, headhunters, directly from companies and through friends.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

There are families, singles, people in relationships, divorced people...with varying priorities. People in New York work, work, work...but they really know how to play! Because work is so important and the cost of living is incredibly high, many people wait until their 30s and early 40s to have children. Raising children here is a challenge (expensive, small living spaces, safety concerns), but those who do it swear that it's the best education and life experience they could offer their children!

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Live in New York at least once in your life! It is a city like no other. Having traveled to many of the world's greatest cities, I still crave the excitement and energy that is only found here in New York. New York is a city of interested, compassionate and culturally diverse people.

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