I'm moving to New York from abroad, and I got a Columbia University apartment close to W 177th & Fort Washington.
How's the neighborhood? Is it safe to take the metro from midtown late at night, around midnight?
Are there any good supermarkets / grocery stores, with a nice selection of fresh produce, meat and fish?
And one more thing, I urgently need a mattress once I arrive, I'll move-in immediately with only my luggage. Is there a mattress store near by which has a same day delivery service (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg)?
I'm on a tight budget, is IKEA the only option for furniture? Are there any good discount furniture stores that deliver to the apartment (5th floor with elevator)? I would prefer buying second hand, but the problem is, I just had a spinal surgery, and I don't drive, so carrying furniture is not an option (and since I'm new to the city, I don't know anyone, so I cannot ask for help).
Any other recommendations, tips etc.. about relocating to washington heights and settling are welcomed