Living in New York City

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Cost of Living

Despite a reputation for being one of the world's most expensive cities, New York City offers apartments, restaurants, attractions, and activities for all income levels. Teachers in our public schools make a base salary ranging from $45,530 to $74,796, which is above the average per capita income in four of the five city boroughs.

Prices for common purchases:

  • The New York Times (newsstand price): $1.50 weekday / Saturday, $5.00 Sunday
  • Cup of pushcart coffee: $1.25
  • Movie admission: $13.50
  • Ticket for a Broadway play: $75
  • Dinner at a restaurant: $25-$50


The Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality has partnered with Citibank to offer great benefits to new teachers through the Citi at Work program. Benefits include:

  • Free first order of checks
  • No Citibank fees for using non-Citibank ATMs
  • Discount on closing costs for first mortgages

Ask a bank representative at your local branch for additional information on Citi at Work and other programs.


Getting around New York City is easy and inexpensive. Public transportation, biking, walking, and taxi cabs are just a sampling of the frequently used transportation options. The public bus and subway system runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and extends throughout the five boroughs. One trip costs $2.50, regardless of time or distance traveled. A monthly unlimited ride card is $112 and allows unlimited usage of both the subway and bus lines for 30 days.

General Information on New York City

The following links also provide useful information on visiting and living in New York City.