I did it OP , here’s how : ( Posting from Queens now )
I was about 2 or 3 thousand in debt when i did it too .
I got a job through indeed.com
for customer service in Midtown Manhattan right downtown street from Times Square before going . I took the interview via Zoom in a study room at my local library . It was set to pay 50k / year .
I booked an Air BnB for a month at the cheapest place in Brooklyn I could find which wound up being in the hood and i hated it . I used JusticeMap to find a safe place to live ( Anywhere along the 7 line )
I found a month to month room for 850 and with the security deposit that set me back 1700 . The hosts were understanding of my situation and refunded the unused part of my booked time .
What i didn’t think about was that i wouldn’t receive my first paycheck until 2 weeks after working there , so during that time i continued to max out my credit .
I got fired 6 weeks in and found a new job before finding yet another new job i actually like which pays fine
I’m well off now and out of debt because the cost of living is offset by the wages here .
There really is something special about this place , i don’t feel the need to go anywhere else now , because where else but here ? It’s got everything !
I would encourage you to do it but you got to have a job first for real because that paycheck isn’t coming until after working there for weeks , that or have about 4k cash (half of which will be your first months rent and security deposit , the other half to live 1 month )