Originally Posted by kciaccio
TedO is correct.
Some things are not complicated at all. Installing a dedicated circuit is not that difficult in most cases. You can get a book at home depot to walk you through it to make sure you are doing it right. It you are mechanically inclined I would give it a try. If you have never fixed your own car or worked with electronics then I would hire the electrician.
It's not the complication as much as it is the liability. If the OP lives in NYC, I'm assuming that he lives in an apartment. Whether its a rental or not, most apt buildings have rules and requirements that work like this needs to be done by licensed electricians. It's one thing to burn down your own house, it's another thing to burn down a building that other people (other than your family) live in.
Electrical work in NYC is extremely expensive to get done and a real PITA. When I upgraded my house, my building's co-op required me to get an electrical engineer to review my complete renovation including draws of all of my expected equipment and appliances. Then, with that in hand, I had to get Con-Ed to send me a determination letter that indicated that the building had enough power from the street to handle the new power requirements. As you can imagine, this whole process wasn't cheap at all. The EE alone cost me $550 an hour.
With that said, I have some electricians that I can vouch for in NYC if the OP (sorry not the OP, but the NYC person) is still interested. I can't vouch for cheap though, I can only vouch for skill and service (and he speaks English, which isn't always the easiest to find). PM me if interested.