Monthly Archives: April 2018

How to Pack and Move Books

Packing and moving books properly is a monumentally important task for the many bookworms of New York City. Showing up to a new living space with warped or damaged books can put a real damper on things. Follow these tips to protect your books and pack them effectively.

Sift Through Your Collection

Books are one of the heaviest items you can move with, so it is important that you cull your collection. Determine which books you truly want to travel with and which ones you can part with. Even books that you found helpful or inspiring may be better off at a used bookstore than collecting dust on your shelf. This can be a super satisfying project, and can help make room for new books at your new living space.

Consider Packing Options

Before packing the books away, decide how you will pack them. If you use cardboard boxes, make sure they’re small, sturdy, and durable. At Metropolis Moving, we are always advocates of utilizing a reusable bin service. This will prevent damage to the books, as even the sturdiest of cardboard boxes can fall apart with enough weight. If you do choose to pack your books in a cardboard box, follow these tips:

Use Smaller Boxes

Since books are pretty heavy and dense, using smaller boxes is a fantastic idea to keep the weight manageable. Though our movers are very strong, it is always considerate to keep things moderately heavy so that the risk of injury is diminished. Using smaller boxes also allows you to organize your collection into subsets, like genre.

Label Everything

If you organize your collection into subsets, labeling each box can be a huge timesaver. You’ll know which boxes hold which books, and can unpack them according to necessity, saving time and frustration.

Pack Books Properly!

One of the most important things to consider is packing the books properly and safely. If the books aren’t packed right, they could end up being damaged. Follow these steps when packing your books:

  1. Line the bottom of the box with packing paper or thin bubble wrap.
  2. Pack books either spine down, standing up, or laying flat. However, do not pack them with the spine up and the paper edges down.
  3. Pack hardcover books upright, with the spine against the side of the box.
  4. Wrap hardcover, sentimental, and important books for additional protection. Do not tape the book at all; tape the wrapping paper.
  5. Fill in all gaps with crumpled wrapping paper.
  6. Close, secure, and label box.

Pack Books First

Unless you’re packing dumbbells, books are often the heaviest items to pack. Packing your books first is a great way to get a high volume of your belongings packed away quickly. Just be sure to leave yourself a few books to read while everything is being moved.

Leave a Few Important Books With You

There might be books that you refer to often for inspiration, or you might be in the middle of an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Whatever the case, be sure to leave a couple of important books on your person, whether in your purse or in a backpack. This will allow you to pack your books away first and will help minimize the stress of moving.

Hire Professional Movers

The best way to ensure that your valuables are protected and moved properly is to hire professional movers. Metropolis Moving is a well-regarded NYC mover, serving people all over the city and beyond. Get a quote today to get your moving process started, so that you can start packing your books today.

How to Pack Televisions and Computers

Whether relocating your home or your office, packing televisions, computers, and other electronics properly is crucial. You’ve got lots of saved work, pictures, personal files, and more on your computer. Other electronics like televisions and computer monitors need to be transported properly to ensure that they will continue to function. Follow these tips when packing televisions and computers and you’ll save money and headaches.

Packing your Television

Packing a television effectively is very important if you want to keep the TV functioning properly. Therefore it is crucial that you consult the owner’s manual for specifics on moving your TV. The best solution is to re-pack it in the original packaging. If you don’t have that, you can buy a television carton or create a custom package for your TV. Remember the following when packing a television:

  • Do not tape the television directly. Use the foam or bubble pack the television came with to wrap it up, and tape the wrapping.
  • Use foam or corner inserts
  • Use foam peanuts for extra protection
  • Add the following labels to the box:
    • Fragile
    • Glass
    • Do not lay flat
    • This side up

Be sure to take a picture of the back of your TV, with all components plugged in, so that you can reassemble your entertainment system quickly at your new home.

Packing your Computer

Packing your computer effectively is all about the type of computer. If you’ve got a laptop, simply pack it into a laptop-friendly backpack along with accessories and power cords. If you plan on packing the laptop away in a box, wrap it from back to front with bubble wrap and pack the laptop away on its edge.

If you’ve got a desktop, it will require a little more work to pack away. To pack a desktop, start by packing the computer monitor like a television. Once you have done this you’ll have to pack the tower:

  • Layer crumpled packing paper along the bottom of the box
  • Wrap the tower in bubble wrap, taping the wrap but not the tower

Be sure to follow the same principles when packing things like keyboards and speakers. Keep all the wires together, bubble wrap without taping the actual object, and keep everything together. Also, electronics are better off being packed in their original boxes than anything else, so if you still have the boxes be sure to use them.

The only way to truly ensure that your television and computer arrive at your new living space unscathed is by hiring professional movers. Metropolis Moving is one of the city’s most well-regarded professional moving services. Whatever the size or scope of your move is, we would be happy to help. Get a quote today and be sure to include the details of your important electronics when filling out our quote request form.

How to Pack Dishes and Glassware

Learning how to pack dishes and glassware is an essential part of living in the city. On one hand, there are large appliances and pieces of equipment that need some strength and technique to move. On the other hand, there are delicate items that need to be specially packed and taken care of as damage to these items might result in high financial costs. Dishes and glassware can be tricky when moving around. They require special attention and care to avoid any damages. Follow these tips to pack dishes and glassware safely and effectively.

Packing Dishes

Dishes aren’t usually as fragile as glassware, but they still deserve special care. The main part of taking care of dishes is the packing process. Dishes need to be properly packed in boxes. There are special boxes and reusable bins for storing and moving dishes effectively.

Once the box is properly sealed at one end, the packing process may begin. However, simply throwing in the dishes will not suffice. Before placing the dishes inside the box, it is important to put some sort of a cushion between the bottom of the box and the dishes. While bubble wrap is the best form of cushioning, any sort of crumpled paper will also do. It is important that the paper is crumpled as the crumpling absorbs any shock to the box.

With plates, the best idea is to place them in the order of weight, with big plates in at bottom and smaller and lighter plates at the top. Again, to avoid any damages due to external shock, it is necessary to put wrinkled paper between the box and the plates and then between each individual plate itself for maximum cushioning. Plates can also be placed on their sides with the same idea of using proper cushioning between them.

Once the placing process is complete, any areas of the box that remain empty should also be filled with cushioning material. This will not allow the dishes to move inside the box and keep them cushioned all the time.

At the end, packing paper should be placed at the top of the box, the same as for the bottom of the box. The box should then be sealed at the other end as well with proper packing tape to avoid any accidents.

Glassware

As with dishes, packing glassware is about having the maximum cushioning to protect it from any external shocks. It also follows the same concept of packing heavier items first and placing them at the bottom of the box. However, the packing process may be a little different than packing dishes as glassware need to be fully wrapped in crumpled paper for maximum safety.

To properly pack glassware, the glassware item should be placed on wrapping paper and the insides of it properly filled with the wrapping paper.

While smaller items may need less wrapping paper, it might be necessary to use more wrapping paper for the more expensive items. Double or triple wrapping some of the items might be necessary for maximum safety. It is also worth noting that glassware can also be wrapped in T-Shirts or clothing items as they can also act as a good cushioning.

Once the wrapping process is complete, the glassware should be placed inside a box with more cushioning material placed in between each item. The goal is to eliminate any glass clunking sounds when placing the items on top of each other to avoid any contact between the items.

General Tips and Tricks

Some other general tips to follow when packing dishes and glassware include:

  • Label boxes properly to clearly distinguish fragile items from the non-fragile ones. This will identify any fragile boxes when placing them inside the moving truck.
  • Place the fragile items on top of other items to avoid any extra load on the top of the boxes.
  • Use tape to not only properly seal both ends of the box but also to tape the corners and edges of the box to reinforce stability.
  • Use the maximum possible cushioning between the items and also between the box and the items.
  • Hiring professional movers is the best way to ensure your dishes and glassware are moved properly and carefully.

Metropolis Moving is a well-regarded, well-established New York City moving service. We have helped move people all over the city, and would be delighted to serve you as our next customer. We will ensure that your dishes and glassware are moved with attention and efficiency. Get a quote today and we’ll get you on your way into your new living space.

High Rises vs. Walk-ups: Choosing the Right Apartment

When searching for apartments in New York City, many people will have to choose whether or not a high-rise or walk-up is better suited towards their lifestyle. The average New Yorker moves every six months. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks to both types of apartments can help New Yorkers make more informed choices when moving. It is important to consider these factors when choosing an apartment.

High Rises

High rises are typically tall buildings with nine or more floors that house an elevator. People often tend associate high rise buildings with high prices and snobby neighbors. This isn’t necessarily the case. While you will likely pay a premium to live in a high rise, there are a few major amenities that high rises provide:

Doormen

Doormen are the best part of high rise buildings. They can be a major help for people who are busy and/or travel often. A major task they help with is taking care of packages and mail. They can also help you get into your apartment if you become locked out. These are major inconveniences that are taken off the shoulders of the tenant.

Doormen are also a huge security boost. Their presence ensures safety and security. They ensure that no unwelcome guests sneak their way into the building. Also, apartment owners may leave details of welcomed guests with the doormen, and the doormen will let them in without the need for a key.

Location

Most high-rise buildings are located in premium neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are in central locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn. This means that most high-rise buildings are a walking distance away from restaurants, public transport channels and workplaces. Some high-rise buildings even offer stunning views of the city.

High Rises also come with the following drawbacks:

Extra Costs

While there are many advantages of living in a high rise building and which justify the higher rents associated with it, it does come with its own disadvantages. For example, while doormen are a huge advantage in any high-rise building, they do contribute to the higher rent rates. On top of that, during holiday seasons, when it’s time to tip doormen and other staff around, the costs may become unjustifiable.

Lack of Privacy

Most doormen understand the need for secrecy and privacy among tenants. However, understand that the doorman will see who you bring in and out, what type of mail you get, and your personal habits. This presents a lack of total privacy, especially if you don’t plan on tipping at all during the holidays.

Walk-ups

The most classic, traditional New York City apartments are walk-ups. Many people are drawn to walk-ups. They provide affordability, character, and a sense of community that can be lacking in high-rise apartment buildings. For this reason, not all walk-ups are cheaper than high rises. However, the most affordable options will almost always be walk-ups. Walk-ups have major appeal for the following reasons:

Outdoors

While walk-ups might not have the best views, they typically have more outdoor areas, such as patios or balconies, as compared to high rises. Some high rises might have balconies as well but they usually much smaller. In addition, most high-rise buildings are located in areas with other high-rise buildings and their views are blocked by other buildings.

Community

Some people also prefer walk-ups because they get to interact more with their neighbors and feel more involved in their community. The omission of elevators certainly helps, as neighbors get to meet each other more often around staircases. Also, there are usually more bodegas and dive bars around walk-ups where neighbors often hang out and interact.

The main drawbacks of renting a walk-up are:

Lack of Modern Utilities/Amenities

Many walk-ups in the city were built before World War 2. For this reason, they often lack amenities like air conditioning. However, this problem can be solved by purchasing either a window A/C unit or a portable A/C unit, depending on what fits the apartment. Be sure to ask the landlord about this, as summers in the city can be sweltering.

Lack of Elevators

One main disadvantage with most walk-ups is that they don’t have elevators. Elevators are an absolute necessity when it comes to buildings with more than 6-8 floors. While elevators aren’t always necessary, they can be super convenient. This is particularly the when it comes to moving in and out of apartments and having to carry heavy objects through flights of stairs. However, with the proper moving crew, this is something you won’t have to worry about.

Challenging to Move-in

Moving into a walk-up demands the help of professional moving services. We are NYC-based professional movers with a solid reputation for being helpful, courteous, and effective. Get a quote today and see how easy it is to utilize our moving services, whether you’re moving into a walk-up or a high-rise.

How to Keep Your Apartment Clean

Keeping your apartment clean is crucial to feeling tranquil and at peace in your living space. New York can be hectic, so it’s nice to come home to a stress-free, clutter-free environment. Follow these tips to keep your apartment clean.

Declutter!

Before you can start vacuuming or dusting, you need to get rid of the excess clutter and belongings that don’t have a place in your new home. Go through all of your belongings and decide what you really need and what can be donated or sold. Decluttering your belongings is a key factor to decluttering your mind

Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

Knick-knacks and chachkies can hold lots of sentimental value, but really think about it next time you buy a souvenir coaster or snow globe. These will take up space on your horizontal surfaces, which have a snowball effect on attracting other clutter (and dust).

Clean a Little Bit Everyday

You’ll feel better if you clean as you go rather than letting dirty dishes and laundry stack up to the ceiling. If your place is spotless except for a couple dishes from your last meal, just do a couple of dishes. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to add to the pile and add to the clutter.

Designate a Cleaning Day

Whether it is weekly or biweekly, schedule a day that you will designate as cleaning day. Take the day to do vacuuming, dusting, and other deep cleaning activities. It may seem monotonous, but throw some music or podcasts on and you’ll find that it’s relaxing and provides decent exercise.

Set Up Your Apartment for Cleanliness

Keep your floors 100% clear. Avoid storing things under tables, desks, and your bed. It will look better and will make vacuuming much easier and more effective. It will also keep fresh air flowing throughout your apartment.

Designate a Place for Everything

Having a place for everything means that everything has a place to be put away. This way, you don’t have random stuff accumulate on flat surfaces (coffee tables, desks) that can be thrown away or filed away in a neat, orderly manner.

Manage Paperwork and Mail

Important paperwork like paystubs, bank statements, and letters can pile up quickly. Keep a paper shredder handy so that you can destroy important documents you no longer have practical use for. Also, buy a file cabinet for the paperwork that you do want to keep. This will ensure it is organized and completely out of the way.

Clean While You Cook

Cooking at home is one of the best ways to save money while living in New York City. Unfortunately, some of the best meals require lots of clean up, making them less appealing to cook often. One solution to this issue is cleaning while you cook. This way, you’ll have minimal dishes and clean up once the meal is ready.

Make Your Bed

I’m sure we can all hear our parents or guardians nagging us to do this, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It makes things look more neat, and really starts your day off on the right foot. In fact, U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven advises that making your bed can change the world. The idea is momentum: if you make your bed, you’ve completed your first task of the day, and this is a great way to keep positive, productive momentum going throughout the day.

Hire Us

The average New York resident moves every six months. With all this mobility, it is important that your belongings are moved in an orderly, organized fashion. By taking away the burden of heavy lifting, you can do more organizing and delegating on your move-in day, resulting in less clutter and a more sensible setup.

Metropolis Moving has had a 5-star rating on Yelp because we understand what it takes to move successfully in New York City. We are professional and efficient, but also courteous and friendly, resulting in a positive move-in day that starts your new journey off on a great note. Get a quote today.

How to Be a Good Roommate

With rent in New York City being the second-highest in the country, many young people will have to find a roommate to share an apartment with. Being a good roommate is an important life skill for most people living in the city. Having a roommate is an excellent way to make living in New York City possible for people with all different types of lifestyles and economic situations. Follow these tips to be the best roommate you can be and to keep the stress as low as possible when sharing a living space.

Set Expectations Ahead of Time

Are you the type of person who is neat, but doesn’t have time to be absolutely spotless? Or are you a neat freak? Discussing what you expect of your roommate is an extremely important first step. Setting up a roommate agreement can help you guys have realistic expectations regarding use of common areas, cleaning responsibilities, and noise past a certain hour.

Divide Responsibilities

Make a schedule ahead of time on who will do what chores when. If you need the common area vacuumed every Sunday, make a calendar so that you don’t need to remind your roomie of their chores. Splitting up responsibilities is another way of setting expectations ahead of time. You’ll be able to have a clean apartment without having to argue first.

Learn to Compromise

One of the best skills you can have in life is learning how to compromise. It is important to choose your battles. There will be times when your roommate does things that you don’t like. It is important to choose what things you’re willing to let go and what you will choose to take a stand on. Don’t micromanage and don’t let yourself get taken advantage of: find an effective balance.

Take Your Pride and Put It Aside

Who cares about winning an argument? Sometimes you need to just be an adult, take the high road and suck up your pride to get along. Is your roommate acting childish about something? If you have a blowout argument, you will both dig your heels in and delay a resolution. Taking the high road can make them realize how they’re acting and apologize.

Communicate

Communication is essential for any good relationship to work, whether it is a friendship, business partnership, romantic relationship, or roommate scenario. This means having more uncomfortable conversations more often to avoid letting issues get swept under the rug until one of you explodes. A good rule of thumb for communication: two ears, one mouth. Be quick to listen and slow to speak and respond.

Be Independent

It’s important that you each give each other plenty of alone time, even if you’re in the same room. Give each other space and privacy, otherwise you might create unnecessary friction from being in each other’s faces too much. Don’t force a friendship into the mix, let the relationship be what it will be. Sometimes, the best roommates don’t make the best friends, and vice versa. Be open to doing things with your roommate but don’t expect that they will want to do everything with you.

Follow the ‘Golden Rule’

At the end of the day, being a good roommate is all about treating your roommate how you would like to be treated. Understand that everybody has nuances and react differently to different situations, so try to be considerate of your roommate’s unique nuances and point of view when following the ‘Golden Rule.’

Hire Professional Movers

Don’t start off on the wrong foot at your new place. You should be focused on how you’re going to make things work with the new roommate, and how you’ll have things arranged so that it works for the both of you. Don’t get bogged down on move-in day by a bunch of heavy lifting. Let us help you move-in, so that you can focus on starting this new adventure off on the right foot. We have gained a reputation as being one of New York’s most courteous, effective professional moving services. Get a quote today to see why Metropolis Moving is one of the most trusted solutions in the City for moves of all sizes and scopes.

9 Tips for Moving with Dogs

Moving in New York City can be stressful and hectic. Adding your dogs into the mix can result in lots of anxiety and confusion, not only for you but also for your dog. Follow these tips to keep the stress as low as possible for yourself and your furry friend.

More Walks

 

You’re probably already super busy packing up boxes and planning, but this is a chore that benefits the both of you. Like humans, dogs have lots of unsettled energy and anxiety when going through the transition of moving. Dogs also benefit from exercise in the following ways, like humans:

  • Improved Mental Health
  • Improved Physical Health
  • Decrease Unwanted Behaviors due to anxiety

You’ll both benefit immensely and cooperate better together if you relieve some of your stress by exercising.

Pack Their Room Last

Your dog is going to be stressed out enough with all of the change going on around them. Therefore you can reduce their stress by keeping one room in your house intact for most of the time. Whichever room is their favorite should be the last room you pack.

Keep Your Stress Low

Your dog will inevitably feed off the vibes you give off. This is another task that can benefit both you and your dog. Check out our tips for reducing stress while moving.

Establish a New Routine

Establish a new routine as quickly as possible. Find out which parks will be nearby and establish a nightly walk route. Keep your dog’s feeding time on schedule, even if the time zone has changed.

Update Dog Tags

Make sure you get new tags for your dog with an updated address. If they’re in a new neighborhood or city they might take off unexpectedly. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Find a Vet

Find a new vet for your doggo as soon as possible when moving to a new apartment. There are plenty of world-class veterinarians all over New York City. Find one that fits into your routine well, and has a decent reputation.

Don’t Wash Old Blanket

You may want everything in your apartment to feel fresh and new, but do not wash your dog’s blanket, bed, or toys. The familiar scent will help them settle in and feel more at home in your new apartment.

Move Your Dog Last

Don’t add to the chaos of move-out or move-in day by having your dog around while your belongings are being moved. This will add to the safety of the move and keep your dog happy and calm. Your furry friend will be much happier if they move into a home that only requires unpacking and not moving around.

Hire Us

Moving with a dog is stressful enough, so let us take care of the heavy lifting. This way, you can focus on the needs of your dog and not have to worry about them being uncomfortable in a kennel. We have gained the reputation of being one of New York’s most courteous and effective professional moving solutions. Get a quote today and we’ll get you and your furry friend on your way to your new home.

Brooklyn vs. Manhattan: Which is Best for You?

Brooklyn has become the hottest new borough in New York City, growing much more rapidly than any other borough. Over the past couple of years, Brooklyn has transformed into the hottest, trendiest spot in the entire city, causing an influx of young families, young professionals, hipsters, and artists to take up residence in neighborhoods like Bushwick and Williamsburg. The differences between Manhattan and Brooklyn were stark, even as late as the 1990’s. Now, they’re becoming more and more similar. However, there are distinct nuances that still give these boroughs their unique identity. Let’s compare the livability of both Manhattan and Brooklyn and see which suits you best.

Prices

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The average rent for an apartment in Brooklyn is $2,665. The average rent for an apartment in Manhattan is $4,091. Most people will be looking for apartments below the average rent, meaning it is crucial to compare the prices of rent from various neighborhoods in the two boroughs. Even though the gap is getting smaller, Manhattan is still more expensive to live in overall.

Skyline Views

Manhattan takes the cake for having the most legendary skyline of all the boroughs, but what use is that if you can’t even see it most of the time? Brooklyn has better views of the Manhattan skyline, whereas Manhattan has views of the skyline of Brooklyn and New Jersey. If skyline views are your thing, an apartment on the east side of the East River might be your best bet.

Big City Life vs. Community

There is no doubt that Manhattan is what makes New York so famous: the towering skyscrapers, the flashing neon lights, the contagious, fast paced energy. It can be an incredible life experience to live day-to-day in this incredibly dynamic borough. However, if you find yourself yearning for more of a sub-urban feel where you can have Manhattan access, Brooklyn might be the better choice. There is a greater sense of community here, and the neighborhoods are more tightly-knit. Manhattan always has hoards of people, but many are tourists and out-of-towners, making it more difficult to establish meaningful connections.

World-Class Dining vs. Foodie Paradise


Manhattan is undoubtedly home to some of the most prestigious culinary establishments in the world. It is on the cutting-edge of the food scene and foodies have a unique opportunity to witness firsthand some of the most inspired cuisines in modern gastronomy. While Brooklyn has its fair share of world-class restaurants, it is more centered around foodie attractions. Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. .DeKalb Market Hall is another Brooklyn foodie destination. It is a 60,000 square foot food hall with 40 vendors, some of which are classics, some newcomers, and some of which are extremely trendy Brooklyn eateries, such as Bushwick’s ultra-hot Bunker and Southern-flavored Carroll Gardens eatery Wilma Jean.

Attractions

From the Empire State Building, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the shows on and off Broadway, there is no better place for attractions than Manhattan. However, living in Manhattan means you will constantly be tripping over tourists who don’t know their way around the city. If you’re a fan of museums and shows, remember that Brooklyn is only a 10 minute Subway ride from the insanity of Midtown and all its attractions. Also consider that Brooklyn has its own legendary attractions, like the Cyclone in Luna Park on Brooklyn’s Coney Island.

Type of People

One of the most important considerations when choosing a place to live is the type of people you will surround yourself with. Manhattan has an almost depressing level of wealth inequality, meaning you will be brushing shoulders with Wall Street brokers who live completely different lives from the vast majority of us. Indeed, Manhattan is where the 1% survive and thrive. If you would rather spend your time with people who are artists, creators, small-business types and entrepreneurs, Brooklyn is the place to be.

And the winner is…

There are many fantastic reasons to love both Brooklyn and Manhattan. However, where you choose to live depends on what you’re looking for. The case for living in Manhattan is very obvious: there are still somewhat affordable neighborhoods sprinkled sparsely within the borough. Living in Manhattan gives you access to everything that makes New York City legendary without needing to cross the East River.

There is also a strong case for living in Brooklyn. It is an affordable option for those who want to spend their time in Manhattan but leave the borough and go home to Brooklyn, where it is easier to establish meaningful connections with a community of creative, hip, forward-thinking people. Brooklyn is also more family-friendly, due to the strong sense of community that fosters an inclusive environment.

Metropolis Moving has experience with both Brooklyn and Manhattan moves. We have the expertise necessary to ensure a smooth transition into your new home, whether that’s in Brooklyn or in Manhattan. Get a quote today and you’ll be on your way.

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Williamsburg

Thinking about moving to Williamsburg? Known for its distinct culture, Williamsburg combines a small-town feel with big-city excitement like nowhere else on earth, which means there truly is so much to love!

With it’s amazing array of shops, elite restaurants and world-class beer and coffee (what more does anyone need?), Williamsburg offers the best in lifestyle communities. Founded in 1638 by the Dutch West India Company and incorporated as a borough of Greater New York City in 1898, Williamsburg is now a thriving community of 198,010 people.

We’ve come up with a list of the top ten reasons to move to Williamsburg:

The Central Location

With a location central to both Brooklyn and Manhattan, Williamsburg is a unique combination of cultures– all the convenience of Manhattan with a more laid-back Brooklyn feel. The best part is that it’s so easy to get back and forth– whether by subway, ferry or Citi bike, there are so many ways to travel!

The Focus on Community

Williamsburg has a warm feel to it, that friendly vibe that makes a place feel like home.
From your local barista to the wide variety of local shops and pubs, you’ll come to know your local shopkeepers as you settle into the relaxed lifestyle.

The Waterfront

The waterfront in Williamsburg is easily one of the most happening places in New York City. From the Smorgasburg Market, which attracts between 20 000-30 000 people each weekend to sample the wares of over 100 of the most exquisite food vendors in the world, to the Brooklyn Outdoor Flea Market, there’s always something going on.

The Restaurants

The food is legendary here in Williamsburg, with restaurants to satisfy even the most gourmet palate. From the classic American menu of Marlow & Sons, to the sumptuous Mexican fare at Meso Coyoacan and the exquisite Japanese flavors of Okonomi / YUJI Ramen, our world-class dining will make you want to eat out every night!

The Coffee

Coffee is a way of life here, and nobody does coffee like a Brooklyn barista. If you’re a coffee fanatic, you’ll fall in love with the delectable flavors, quaint shops and friendly baristas- coffee becomes a whole new experience in Williamsburg.

The Beer

Love your beer? Williamsburg is a community renowned for its beer gardens and its love of craft beers– with a wide selection to serve the tastes of every type of beer drinker, you could spend your life sampling some of the best beers in the world!

The Parks

Williamsburg boasts a variety of parks and green spaces of all sizes– from McCarren Park, which has a massive swimming pool, a gym, baseball, softball, a running track and two dog parks to the smaller, more meditative McGolrick Park, Williamsburg has lots to choose from for those long, leisurely days off.

The Peace and Quiet

For such a bustling neighborhood, it’s a wonder that Williamsburg manages to harbor so many quiet back streets, but there are so many lovely streets to explore off the beaten path. It really gives you that small-town feeling.

The Stoop Culture

New York’s renowned Stoop Culture is alive and well in Williamsburg, where people still spend time taking in the neighborhood by sitting out on their front stoop. Stoops really are a thing to behold in the city- spacious and colorful, they’re the perfect place to sit and really connect with friends and family.

The Library

At 26 000 square feet, the Williamsburg library is magnificent– it’s also one of Brooklyn’s largest. From literacy programs to affordable workspace for artists, the library has a variety of programs designed to support residents in their academic and artistic endeavors.

There are so many reasons to love Williamsburg- with so much to offer, it’s truly one of the most engaging yet laid-back neighborhoods on the planet. At Metropolis Moving, our friendly and professional movers offer everything you need to make your move to Williamsburg go smoothly– get a quote today to plan your move, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a part of this vibrant community.

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Where to Find Online Reviews for Moving Companies

There are thousands of moving companies serving New York and its surrounding areas. If you search through Yelp for moving companies in New York City, you’ll find close to 8,000 companies listed. You probably won’t have the time to call each company to ask about their service. Narrowing down your choice to find the best movers for your needs can be challenging.

It’s a good thing Yelp shows the company’s review ratings, so you can use that to sort the companies based on the highest ratings, along with filters like neighborhood and price. Now, instead of choosing from among thousands of companies, you only have to sort through probably less than ten which is more reasonable and less time-consuming.

That’s the value of online reviews. You won’t just be relying on the company’s own marketing and advertising, but rather, you will be hearing about real people’s actual experiences with the services the moving company provided. Here are the best places to find online reviews for New York City moving companies:

Yelp

Yelp is the best, most comprehensive online review platform. Founded in 2004, the platform was created to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists, and professional moving services. By the end of Q4 of 2017, Yelpers had written over 148 million reviews. Yelp is also where you can see Metropolis Moving’s best testimonials.

We have had a 5-star ranking on the site since 2014, something we take pride in and a standard we strive to maintain. This is where you’ll find most of our testimonials and ratings. Our page updates very frequently with people who have a recent experience moving with us, so check us out and see what our customers are saying. If you’ve utilized our professional moving services already, leave us a review.

Google

Google is another fantastic, underutilized business review platform. Leaving a review on Google for a business is even more visible and valuable to them than a Yelp review, even though less people use Google to read business reviews. Solid Google reviews improve a company’s ranking for search results, so the platform goes hand-in-hand with the success of local businesses. You’ll see that our Google ranking is five stars as well. You can leave a Google review for Metropolis Moving here.

Why YOU Should Leave a Review

Just as you find customer reviews helpful, other people who are moving will also find it helpful. Think of it as paying it forward. Leaving a short review like “great service” or “quote was accurate” or “arrived during expected pick up time” wouldn’t actually take a lot of your time. But this could be the deciding factor that makes someone choose one company over the other. It’s a simple move that can significantly help others in your situation. Learn more about the benefits of leaving a review here.