40 Tips for Digital Nomad Life in New York City

New York City is a great place for digital nomads and the city has a lot to offer for both short-term and long-term visits. Last summer, we spent three months in NYC and enjoyed city-life while working remotely for our own businesses – Damian working in web development and SEO and Eliane working in health coaching and social media management, and in addition also did contract jobs on-site as a massage therapist and travel nurse.

Before we arrived in the big apple, we had traveled in our van from Florida to NYC along the East Coast, and afterward continued our road trip further up North. Since we were staying in NYC for a three-month work contract, we rented a studio through Airbnb for the first couple of days and then searched for an affordable room once we were in the city. We found one also via Airbnb but were able to get a lower rate due to renting it on a three-month basis. We used to live in New York City for fifteen years, before starting our full-time travel lifestyle three years ago, so we know the city very well.

This is our guide for Digital Nomad Life in New York City with 40 Tips from places to work from, pros and cons, and how to save money while working remotely in NYC:

Pros:

  1. It is a multicultural city with unique people and many niche groups
  2. There is an endless list of things to do
  3. Lots of museums, galleries, festivals, concerts, movies, theater, comedy, and broadway
  4. Excellent food from around the world
  5. Many outdoor activities, public parks, waterfront areas, beaches and woods nearby
  6. Lots of educational opportunities, courses, workshops, and classes with all kinds of topics
  7. Many different neighborhoods and options to explore all five boroughs
  8. Walking-friendly and public transportation from bus, train, boat, cabs, and cablecar
  9. Free wifi everywhere
  10. Many fitness opportunities including free outdoor options in the city parks, regular gyms, CrossFit gyms, boutique gyms and fitness classes, boot camps, cycling classes, dance classes, martial arts schools, pilates, yoga, climbing halls, kayaking on the Hudson and East River, bike trails, walking trails along the waterfronts, public and private swimming pools, and even hiking nearby.

Cons:

  1. NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world! 
  2. High cost of living
  3. Expensive food, especially when eating out or buying coffee and drinks
  4. Seasons can be harsh with ice-cold winter, humid and hot summer temperatures
  5. It is always noisy
  6. It is a crowded environment with lots of people everywhere
  7. Stressful environment and lots of people are stressed
  8. It can be hard to make friends

Recommended Places to Work from:

  1. Public library: https://www.nypl.org/locations/map
  2. Public parks: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks
  3. Cafes and restaurants
  4. Indoor halls and atriums
  5. Hotel lobbies
  6. Co-working spaces:

Networking Opportunities:

  1. Meetup.com
  2. Eventbrite.com
  3. Co-working spaces
  4. Conferences
  5. Gallery openings
  6. Start-up companies
  7. Businesses of every industry
  8. Stores everywhere

Tips to Reduce Spending:

  1. Rent a room in the outer boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Jersey City
  2. Get a room for the first few days and look for affordable options once you are there:
  3. Cook at home, only eat out on occasion
  4. Chose restaurants with lunch specials or Indian restaurants with lunch buffet options
  5. Buy from food trucks or get a $1 pizza slice
  6. Shop groceries at the many farmer’s markets or at supermarkets in the outer boroughs
  7. Use the bicycle, walk or take public transportation instead of cabs
  8. Use Groupon or Classpass for deals 

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