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Unread 01-15-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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Question Cost of living in NJ

Hi,
I am going to be moving to NJ from India for 9 months. My work is going to be in NYC (Manhattan). Never been in NJ before so bunch of questions to good folks who care to answer (pleaaaaaaase...). I am moving with my wife and 3 yr old. my gross for 9 months will be ~ $45K
1. What will be good towns to rent an apartment in? I am looking to keep commute time to ~ 30minutes each way.
2. What can I expect to pay for decent 1 bedroom apartment?
3. What would oe expect to be my monthly cost of living?
4. No idea about us taxes as well, so how much can I expect to get in hand from my total pay?
5. Any other states where I can live and travel to NYC?
6. Any other tips, advice, suggestions??

thanks......
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Unread 01-15-2007, 09:40 AM
 
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For your paycheck go to www.paycheckcity.com that will help you figure out how much you will get.

As for an apartment I figure you will spend about $1000 a month for 1 bedroom.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Just an observation:
You, wife and a 3 year old....and you're looking for a 1 bedroom apartment ??

I'll leave it to others to provide the humor...
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Unread 01-15-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: NJ
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JB..HAHAHAHAH i was thinking along other lines but that is a good one....lol
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Unread 01-15-2007, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Well since everyone else seems to be a bit timid........

It certainly will give new meaning to the term "Home Schooling"

For a kindergarden student the littles ones vocabulary will be colorful to say the least

and lastly
it will eliminate any required printed pictures to aid in responding to the age old question ..... Mommy,...where do babies come from ???
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Unread 01-15-2007, 10:55 PM
 
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Just an observation:
You, wife and a 3 year old....and you're looking for a 1 bedroom apartment ??

I'll leave it to others to provide the humor...
I do not know what you mean but the reason I am looking for a 1 bedroom apartment is that in Kolkata, we live in 2 bedroom apartment with my parents staying with us atleast 6 months each year. they will not be travelling to US with us. so we will need only 1 bedroom apartment. I donot mind a smaller one as well because me and my two brothers grew up in kolkata with our parents in a 2 room apartment, just hall and kitchen, not even a toilet. toilet was common with 5 other apartments on the same floor. so I am very use to living in small place.

with this explanation, do you have any answers to any of the questions I have asked earlier. I donot know what humour you are looking for.

thanks CJ for your reply. looking fwd to your reply JBrown.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Humor...it's a cultural difference thing....it is not common in this country for children to sleep in the same room as their parents once they are more than a couple of years old. It is an issue of privacy during times of intimacy between the parents. Putting that issue aside...

Your salary of $45K for 9 months is $60K for a year.. I think you are going to find it very difficult to live well on that amount of money. The area you are planning on moving into is a very expensive area to live in. Nice apartments within 30 minutes travel time as you requested I think will not be cheap. Additionally how do you plan on "setting up " house for such a short period of time.. For example..furniture,linens,transportation (automobile?), cooking items,dishes,etc etc.. Are you planning on shipping your present house hold items over here ??
I work in a technical field and have worked with a number of people who have come over here from the Bangalor area. What is more typical is that the company has put their people up in what is sometimes called an "extended stay motel" I am in the Princeton NJ area and there are a number of them along the route 1 corridor. These small suites come prefurnished with nearly all the normal household items you would need. I've been in a few and they are very nice for short term living. The human resources department of what ever firm you're dealing with should be able to provide you with assistance.

If you're doing this all on your own I'd be very reluctant to recommend such a move for only a 9 month stint.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Don't mind the previous posters, they were just attempting to be funny, albeit in a somewhat innapropriate and risque manner.

Wow, Calcutta, nice city. I visited there and stayed off of Chandi Chok near the subway line while I was there. If you get the chance, try and see the Capitol Building in Washington DC, as it is very similar in design and size to the Victoria Memorial.

Now as to places where to live. First off you need to tell us exactly what section of Manhattan you will be working in, as this can affect your commuting time greatly depending on where you move.

Two areas that I can reccomend within a 30 minute commute of most areas of Manhattan that also have large South Asian populations are Newark Ave in Jersey City and Jackson Heights in Queens, NY.

The area around Newark Ave has excellent access to the PATH subway system which can quickly take you into NYC, and is actually the cheapest method of getting into the city (it is even cheaper than the regular subway system in the city). When looking for an apartment search on site like craigslist for a place in the "journal square" neighborhood, as this is where Newark Ave is located near.

The other area you might want to consider is Jackson Heights in Queens. It is located right next to the 7 train and takes about 30 minutes to get to Midtown Manhattan.

The 7 has better access to Midtown, around 42nd st on the east side of the city, while the PATH has better access to lower Manhattan and Midtown on the west side of Manhattan around 34th st. So it is important for you to let us know what neighborhood of the city you will be working in.

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I do not know what you mean but the reason I am looking for a 1 bedroom apartment is that in Kolkata, we live in 2 bedroom apartment with my parents staying with us atleast 6 months each year. they will not be travelling to US with us. so we will need only 1 bedroom apartment. I donot mind a smaller one as well because me and my two brothers grew up in kolkata with our parents in a 2 room apartment, just hall and kitchen, not even a toilet. toilet was common with 5 other apartments on the same floor. so I am very use to living in small place.

with this explanation, do you have any answers to any of the questions I have asked earlier. I donot know what humour you are looking for.

thanks CJ for your reply. looking fwd to your reply JBrown.
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Unread 01-16-2007, 07:17 AM
 
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thanks JBrown and mead
JBrown: Hopefully if we live in a 1 bdrm apt, my wife is not made fun of by others in the community becos of this cultural bias. now that I go back and read your 2nd post, I understand what you mean. having a separate bedroom for a child etc are luxuries that most of middle class indians do not afford. also around the age of 3-4, children start to get scary dreams and in general get scared of dark. it is very comforting for the child to have his parents next to him when he gets up in the middle of night. but i understand your point of view. sorry for sort of killing your humour. explaining a joke is like disecting a frog. no one remains interested and the frog dies in the process. (some big personality quote)
however, i am not sure I understand why you say I will not be able to live in this salary. CJ said I could get an apartment for about $1000 p.m. which is something I was ready for. (in fact I was thiking of about 1500 p.m) the calculator showed that I can get about $3700 p.m in hand. rest I thought can be another ~$1500 p.m. I am planning to bring my pots and pans and plates from here. linens i can buy new but furniture I can do with second hand stuff and hopefully sell it off before I leave. whole furniture linen should fit in $1000 (one time not per month) I thought. transport I am counting on public transport (metro, tram, bus) and have included that in my estimate of other monthly expenses. my wife cooks very well so we will not be eating out much. what am I missing? where am i going wrong? motel, I thought, would be much more expensive.
mead, thanks for your suggestions on jersey city and queens. living near south asians is not a priority. in fact I thought for us to experience US culture, we would like to stay within a middle class american neighbourhood (if possible).
do you think we can afford apartment in jersey city or queens? Also what about safety in queens. I heard new york city has lot of not very safe areas. The workplace is on pine street in NYC
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Unread 01-16-2007, 07:35 AM
 
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AJ

Go to www.apartments.com select NJ as the state then select either Essex, Bergen, or Hudson counties to start. Then that will tell you what apartments are available in the area.

If I were you I would alson contact an Indian community center in NJ I am sure they would be happy to help you. I don'y know of any because I am not of that culture but I am sure there are many around.

Also, contact an indian realtor who may be able to help you. And like JBrown said contact the companies human resource department, they may have relocation specialist.
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