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Moving to the Upper West Side? What You Need to Know

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is home to some of the city’s most famous museums and cultural attractions. The neighborhood is one that is perpetually reinventing itself. The past few years have seen a boom in residential construction projects, with three new rental and apartment buildings coming onto the market this year. If you’re planning to move into one of them – or anywhere else in the Upper West Side, here’s what you need to know:

Plan Carefully to Be Sure Everything You Own Will Fit

While there are some family size Upper West Size apartments available, the neighborhood is notorious for its small living spaces. Make sure to measure your furniture before you move. It’s always a good idea to do some strategic downsizing before you move: this makes your move faster and simpler and frees you from the need to care for possessions you don’t want or use.

From Family-Friendly to Tourist-Central

The Upper West Side is a fairly large neighborhood, and the presence of Museum Mile, numerous parks, and other cultural attractions means that some areas get more than their fair share of tourist traffic. As you get away from the attractions, the neighborhood becomes more family friendly – expect to encounter strollers on the sidewalk.

Working with Building Rules & Regulations is Essential

Many of the buildings on the Upper West Side, particularly doorman buildings, have rules and regulations about when and how moving in happens. These rules can cover everything from the appropriate parking of the moving truck through the time the movers can bring your possessions in. The Upper West Side is a quiet neighborhood and is relatively free from the traffic problems that plague other parts of the city. That being said, it’s still a good idea to start planning your move early and work with experienced professional movers who know how to handle the unique logistics of an NYC move.