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Cost of Living index

It is sometimes hard to estimate the financial impact moving to a new city will have. Using cost of living indices allows you to compare the financial differences between two cities and get a better idea of what to expect.

The consumer price index is an indicator of the price of consumer goods, which includes groceries, restaurants, utilities and transportation, however this index does not include expenses linked to accomodation. Rent, restaurant and local purchasing power indices can also help can a bet overall view of the cost of living in a new city.

In the following table each index is relative to New York City, which means that all indices for NYC are 100. Therefore for example, if rent in another city has an index of 80, it means that on average rent in that city is 20% less expensive than in New York City.

Source of data: Numbeo

East Village Community in New York

East Village is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, lying east of Greenwich Village, south of Gramercy and Stuyvesant Town, and north of the Lower East Side.

The area was once generally considered to be part of the Lower East Side, but began to develop its own identity and culture in the late 1960s, when many artists, musicians, students and hippies began to move into the area, attracted by cheap rents and the base of Beatniks who had lived there since the 1950s. The neighborhood has become a center of the counterculture in New York, and is known as the birthplace and historical home of many artistic movements, including punk rock and the Nuyorican literary movement. It has also been the site of protests and riots.

The East Village is still known for its diverse community, vibrant nightlife and artistic sensibility, although in recent decades it has been argued that gentrification has changed the character of the neighborhood.

Boasting the best of, well, everything, the East Village’s inexhaustible grid of beyond-hip bars, bookshops, cafes, clubs, and galleries cater to even the most exacting tastes. As stylish as it is, the East Village preserves a laid-back attitude so even outsiders feel welcome when in this classic New York City neighborhood. From early morning to late-late night, the East Village brims with activity for socialites and scaliwags alike.

NYC Airports (JFK, LGA and EWR) Public Transportation Guide

There are 3 major airports in New York City area, JFK, LGA (LaGuardia) and EWR (Newark Liberty). If you don’t want to rent a car or call a taxi, you might consider this public transportation guide, in order to plan your trip between New York City and the airports.


1. JFK

Choice 1: AirTrain + Subway/LIRR

AirTrain JFK is the easiest way to travel to, from and around Kennedy International Airport. AirTrain connects with MTA New York City Transit subways, buses and LIRR (Long Island Rail Road), providing a low-cost way to travel by mass transit to major destinations in New York and New Jersey.

If your destination is Midtown Manhattan or near West 34 St (New York Penn Station), you can take E Subway at Jamaica Station. Fare is $7.50. The ride takes approximately 50 minutes.

If your destination is Lower Manhattan below West 14 St or Brooklyn, you can take A Subway at Howard Beach Station. Fare is also $7.50. You can usually get to the destination within 60 minutes.

If your destination is Upper Manhattan, the Bronx or Queens, you can take E Subway at Jamaica Station with a fare of $7.50, and then transfer to

    o F/M/R/7 Subway at Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Av to various destinations in Queens.

    o Uptown 6 Subway at Lexington Av/53 St to the Bronx.

    o Uptown B/D Subway at 7 Av to the Bronx.

If your destination is Southern Queens or Northern Brooklyn, you can take J or Z Subway at Jamaica Station. Fare is $7.50 and it takes about 50 minutes.

LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) provides quicker access to Midtown Manhattan / New York Penn Station in West 34 St. The fare is about $15.50.

Choice 2: Airport Bus

Airport Bus departs roughly every 30 minutes from Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Fare is $16. Purchase tickets online at For more information, call (718) 777-5111.


2. LGA

Choice 1: Airport Bus

Airport Bus departs roughly every 30 minutes - Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Fare is $13. Purchase tickets online at For more information, call (718) 777-5111.

Choice 2: MTA Bus

New York City buses provide service between LaGuardia and Manhattan and Queens with connections to New York City subways for destinations beyond.

For service between LaGuardia and Manhattan, the M60 bus goes to 106th and Broadway via 125th Street in Manhattan and Astoria Blvd. in Queens. Key connections include the N and Q subway trains at Hoyt Avenue/31st Street; the 4, 5, and 6 subway trains at Lexington Avenue; and the Metro-North Railroad at Park Avenue.

For service between LaGuardia and western Queens or Midtown Manhattan, take the Q33 or Q47 buses. Connections to the E, F, M, R and 7 trains on the New York City subway are available at Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street. For service to Astoria, Queens, use the M60 bus and transfer to the N or Q subway trains at Hoyt Avenue/31st Street.

For service between LaGuardia and central Queens, use the Q72 (Corona and Rego Park) and Q48 (Flushing) bus routes.

The bus fare is $2.50 (MetroCard or exact change required), except $2.75 whenever a single-ride ticket is purchased. MetroCard vending machines are available at most terminals within the airport. For passengers using the MetroCard, free transfers are available between buses and subways.


3. EWR

Choice 1: AirTrain + NJTransit (+ PATH)

AirTrain is a simpler, easier way to get to, from, and around Newark Liberty International Airport. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, AirTrain provides easy connections to NJ Transit and the rail lines that run on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line.

When you leave Newark Airport terminals, take AirTrain to Newark Airport Train Station, and then change to a Newark/New York bound train operated by NJTransit (New Jersey Transit). It will take you directly to Midtown Manhattan / New York Penn Station in West 34 St.

If you would like to go to Lower Manhattan or destinations in New Jersey (Jersey City or Hoboken), you can connect to the PATH train at Newark Penn Station (not New York Penn Station). Fare is $1.70 for PATH system.

Choice 2: Airport Bus

Newark Airport Express offers fast, easy, convenient express bus service between Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City. Buses are only $16 one way or $28 round trip and arrive at each stop every 15 minutes during the day, 365 days a year (departures every 30 minutes before 6:45 AM and after 11:15 PM).



Expat US Office is located at 135 West 29th Street Suite 1104 in Chelsea, easily accessible from New York Penn Station (NJTransit, Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak), NYC Subway 1/2/3/B/D/F/M/N/Q/R and PATH trains. It is also a 15 minute walk from Port Authority Bus Terminal. For more information, please visit Expat US at

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