Things to know when moving to Long Island City

If you’re about a move to Long Island City, there are a lot of things to consider from logistics such as moving and storage to what you’ll want to do when you finally arrive in the area with eating and culture. Here’s a quick list of things for the newbies to the area.

1. Tenant King: If you’re looking to add or sell a few items, be sure to check out Tenant King. The website is a place where neighbors can buy and sell services and goods, and find deals on a variety of different used items. We’ve seen things from gently used Ikea furniture to Yankees and Knicks seats on the site. The other interesting thing about Tenant King is that it has sought to create a community by allowing residents in a building or neighborhood to anonymously voice opinions about the various events or management companies in the area. The website originated as a Long Island City project before branching out city wide, so it’s certainly a must for any resident of the area.

2. Citiwide Self-Storage: The storage facility is two blocks from the 7 train at Court Square off Pearson Street. The building itself contains approximately 1,000 storage units that can store small studios (12 square feet) to entire houses (2,000 square feet). Another feature of the building includes climate control and high ceilings. As for the services itself, Citiwide provides customers with free pick-up and delivery to the storage site for move-in, access to dollies, push carts and pallet jackets, and free parking on site. Citiwide’s pickup service covers Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

3. As far as NYC moving companies go, DUMBO moving company is based in Brooklyn, but serves all of New York City and beyond. The name is pretty self explanatory — the company is based in DUMBO, Brooklyn but has made plenty of moves in the Queens area. The company also offers storage services for a more long term move.

4. Get organized. HGTV provides a checklist to ensure that everything runs smoothly. And it’s pretty thorough, with the initial timeline starting from two months before the move all the way until the move actually starts. From the outset, HGTV tells you to price out three different moving companies to get a feel for the price range as well as your comfort level with your prospective employees. Thirty days before, begin planning on how you will arrange your home, and where specific items should be put and arranged. The day before? Make sure you haven’t overpacked where you won’t be able to find tomorrow’s set of clothes. There are many things that you won’t think of that will be covered by this moving list.

5. Real estate. If you’re looking to rent or buy in the area, Modern Spaces has a large footprint in the area, as does Douglas Elliman and Nestseekers. In the next five years, there will be 10,000 new rentals coming to the area and 500 new condos.

6. Once you’re here? Enjoy the area. There’s no shortage of cultural events and things to do. Catch a show at the Secret Theater or an event at MoMA PS1. If you’re into beautiful city-scapes, check out Gantry State Park along the waterfront. There are constantly new exhibits at See.Me and SculptureCenter, and plenty of new and exciting places to eat along Jackson Avenue and Vernon Blvd. Some of our favorites include Sage General Store, M. Wells Steakhouse and Mu Ramen.

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