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    Red face some help would be great =)

    Hey guys,
    My names Kim. I'm looking to move to NY for maybe a year in a year or two and I need some help. Are there such a thing as an apartment with actual BEDROOMS for rent for under $1300?? I'm dying to find something reasonable to talk my boyfriend into moving there with me and my four month old son who will probably be around 1 1/2 years old by then.

    Also, JOBS.
    I'll be graduating Gibbs college in January 07 and we'll probably be moving after that...but I definetly need a job lined up for each of us BEFORE we move out there...is this at all possible?? Even if its a job at MACYS or some other retail store for a little while...I guess I'm just asking for some well needed help, because if I'm going to do this I'm going to start planning now.

    THANKS for any answers ahead of time.

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    You can certainly find a 1-br apartment for 1300 or less in some areas of Brooklyn and Queens, but not in Manhattan. Since you are going to have a small child, you need to think about good kindergardens and pre-school and do soem reasearch there. I doubt you will find a good job with no experience. I assume your boyfriend have some kind of job/career so he can support you and your baby at least partially. Doesn't he have a profession? I would think that he - considering that you have a small child - would have the main earning potential. I would also think that you want to make sure he becomes your husband before you embark on this adventure. As far as know Gibbs is hardly a prestigious school and you did not even mention your major. So, some experience may help you get a job here.
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    Okay.
    I didn't say I had no experience. Why did I sense through reading your whole responce that you were more demeaning me then advising me? haha.
    I work at a medical supply company. I also have experience in retail and customer service. And yes, my boyfriend does have a profession... he's in construction. My boyfriend & I are equal... he shouldnt have to obtain 75% of the income while I earn 25...thats not how it works. I didnt anywhere in my post state that I had no experience, that my boyfriend didnt support us, or that he didnt have a profession...all I was looking for was good places to look for a job, and help finding some lower priced apartments.

    But thanks.
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    Then in order to get an answer to your question, you should mention it. Then it's easier for me and others to help you with an advice. I was not demeaning at all. Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression.

    I am not questioning the equality of the 2 of you. But caring for a small baby takes time and effort and usually the young mother is the one who needs to spend more time with the kid (that's what I observed and that's how it usually works). Assuming you have no close relatives here in NYC that can help you care for the baby, I would think you cannot work crazy hours when you have a small child waiting for you at home. And some jobs in the retail business require those kinds of hours (Macy's on Herald Square, for example, can be opened until 11pm on some holidays). Obviously, it's up to you. But when my wife has a baby, I would like to do what I can to alliviate her schedule so she can spend some time caring for the child. Baby sitters and kindergardens are very expensive in this city, especially in Manhattan (up to 20K per year for full day care).

    The best places to look for jobs in New York are, in my opinion:
    1) New York Times sunday edition and New York times web site
    2) Monster.com
    3) Career fairs
    4) Your schools career office and alumni connections

    Construction is a very profitable industry in New York as something always gets built/constructed/reconstructed in this booming city.
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    Well thank you, then
    I'll try that. I want to get in contact with some employers to see thier rates and all of that. I figured construction would be a good field to be in in new york.

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    Where do you live now, NYKim?

    MrSpice, that last post of yours was maybe the most judgemental yet. It's really none of your business what this woman plans to do in regard to marriage or division of labor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schadenfrau
    Where do you live now, NYKim?

    MrSpice, that last post of yours was maybe the most judgemental yet. It's really none of your business what this woman plans to do in regard to marriage or division of labor.
    So you think you can make a judgement what I can and cannot say, and I cannot opine on other matters? I think what I said was relevant to her question.

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    No one is telling you what you can and can't say, but it's positively absurd that you went on a tirade about how this woman's boyfriend should be her husband, and he should be the primary wage-earner, and she should stay home and take care of her child, and oh yeah, Gibbs isn't that great of a school.

    Seriously, feel free to opine about whatever you want, but unless you want to sound like a madman, you might want to keep it on topic. Call me crazy, but I don't think NYKim was asking for a magic spell that would bring the values of either Saudi Arabia or 1952 into her life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyKim20
    Why did I sense through reading your whole responce that you were more demeaning me then advising me?
    Welcome, Kim. I hope you post often and continue to live in the 21st century. I hope you'll find more than knee-jerk sexism next time you ask a question. (congrats on the kid, btw)

    Mr. Spice is right about doing some research to find a good area to live that's cheap and has good schools. I'd suggest you start in Queens, but I don't know anyone with kids in nyc, so I can't be more specific. I'd also suggest you look to craigslist for work - I know it's annoying, but it's how most people I know get their jobs. You'll find lots of retail work in nyc - I see signs all the time. If you have any connections with former (or current, dunno) employers at national chains, it of course couldn't hurt.

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    I don't think it's even unreasonable to assume that you could find solid administrative work in NYC with a degree from Gibbs. However, most employers would expect you to be available for an in-person interview, which is why I'm curious as to where you're living now, NYKim.

    Ryan's suggestion of Queens is a good one. You'd be able to afford a very nice 1-bedroom for $1,300 there; perhaps even a two-bedroom in one of the outer neighborhoods. In 2000, I lived in a very nice two-bedroom in Sunnyside, Queens, and we paid just under $1,000 total. I'm not sure if those deals are still around, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schadenfrau
    Where do you live now, NYKim?
    I live in Rhode Island...about a 3-4 hour drive depending on traffic, time of day, week, and even season...I come to NY on average twice a year and when I'm there I feel like it's where I belong, ya know? Everyone tells me thats been with me that they've never seen me look happier in thier lives. It's crazy..NY just has that effect on me. =)

    In regards to the other things you've said so I dont have to post 43 times, lol, hopefully you're right and I can find these things. A coworker of mine lived in Queens for three years and she said it was fantastic. I may look into that. Schools are really important, so I do have to take that into consideration when I'm looking.

    Thank you for defending me somewhat to mr whatever his name is, cant remember...lol. He kinda upset me by the things he said. I thought maybe I was overreacting but to see that you agree with me was nice, haha. I felt kinda offended after I read what he wrote. So, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan
    Welcome, Kim. I hope you post often and continue to live in the 21st century. I hope you'll find more than knee-jerk sexism next time you ask a question. (congrats on the kid, btw)
    Thanks for the congrats! =)
    Yeah I was kinda drawn back from this forum when I got his reply...first reply and it was negative. haha. i was like aww man its one of them. haha. but I think I'll stick around =) Thanks for the advice.

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    Hey nyKim20... This is a good read to let you know what jobs are going to be hot in the coming years.


    NYC could face high shortage of workers: report


    by Tom Fredrickson
    May 04, 2006

    Because of retiring baby boomers, New York City faces a significant shortage of workers in more than a half dozen industries in coming years, according to a new study.

    The shortages will begin in the next few years and could extend for two decades, says the report, Chance of a Lifetime, issued by the Center for an Urban Future.

    Health care, construction, automotive maintenance, commercial driving, science & technology, aviation and manufacturing are the leading industries facing the most acute shortages, according to the survey.

    As of 2000, nearly three of 10 registered nurses in New York City were 50 or over, and for licensed practical nurses, the figure was about one in three. The health care sector is expected to generate 20,000 new job openings through 2012.

    The departing baby boomers are vacating many jobs that pay relatively high wages. For example, more than 1,000 openings per year through 2012 are expected for auto mechanics, a job that pays as much as $80,000 per year.

    On the upside, the projected openings represent an unprecedented opportunity to get the 150,000 to 250,000 16-to-24-year-olds who are neither working nor in school into the work force, the report says.

    The center called for creating and strengthening public, community and business initiatives aimed at preparing young people for jobs.


    ©2006 Crain Communications Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schadenfrau
    No one is telling you what you can and can't say, but it's positively absurd that you went on a tirade about how this woman's boyfriend should be her husband, and he should be the primary wage-earner, and she should stay home and take care of her child, and oh yeah, Gibbs isn't that great of a school.

    Seriously, feel free to opine about whatever you want, but unless you want to sound like a madman, you might want to keep it on topic. Call me crazy, but I don't think NYKim was asking for a magic spell that would bring the values of either Saudi Arabia or 1952 into her life.
    Small child, the guy is not a husband, she wants to move to New York hoping to get a job, he does not want... Recepe for disaster Sauidi Arabia is a nice place - no militant feminists there

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    So, Spice, from that remark ^ can we infer you prefer a dead feminist to one who is live and kicking?

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