NYC moving tips & the History of Moving Day

It may seem impossible to believe today, but there was a time in the not too distant past when nearly everyone in New York City moved…on the same day. That’s right – thousands of people hit the streets at once because all leases in the city expired at the same time: 9:00 a.m. on May 1st. Yikes!

Luckily, people moving to NYC neighborhoods like Hollis and Brooklyn no longer share the same moving days with their fellow 18 million residents, but do still face many more contemporary challenges.

Quick Tips for Moving to Hollis or Brooklyn

Jamaica’s Cost vs. Hollis’s Space

The New York renter’s market is famously fast, and famously expensive. Unless you’re well-off financially, be prepared to compromise between desired rent, location, and size (not to mention parking, amenities, storage . . . ). Before you begin touring, weigh what features are absolutely necessary and what features you would be okay to leave behind. Doing so will make your apartment shopping easier on both you and your agent. If you want to go the extra mile, check out some listings ahead of time at to get a clear picture of what to expect.

Length of Your Queen’s Lease

If you’ve never lived in a big city, consider a month-to-month rental. These apartments tend to be older, smaller and in less ideal places in the city, but if you’re unfamiliar with New York they’re a great option for helping you get some bearings in the city and get a better idea of your budget before you commit to a year-long lease. If you know you’ll be in the city for a longer period of time, then a 3-6 month lease might be in your best interest.

Maximize your Living Space

When we picture an average New York apartment, “spacious” is rarely how they’re described. Save yourself something on your rent by going with a smaller apartment paired with a self storage unit. Keep seasonal decorations, clothing and possessions nearby without cluttering your apartment by renting a storage unit on the outskirts of the city (or even across the river to get out of Manhattan).

Beating Queens and Brooklyn Traffic

The gridlock of New York traffic skyrockets the price of apartments with nearby parking. It might be in your best interest to find a smaller vehicle, such as a motorcycle or a bike for squeezing in between the cramped spaces. If your apartment doesn’t have the space for it, you can also use a storage unit as a garage.

Benefits of Hollis Self Storage & Brooklyn Self Storage

Moving to New York City can be intimidating, but if you prepare yourself for some realities it doesn’t have to be terrifying (or even worse, disappointing). A self storage unit in Brooklyn or Hollis can be a great option for making moving to, and living in, New York easier and more affordable.

When you’re ready to make that leap, remember StorageMart is here to help. We offer affordable self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis and are always clean and well lit. Check out our Storage Unit Size Calculator, or rent a unit online today.