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Where to live in NYC this time?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Moving back to NYC in a month's time, need to find an apartment... The usual story.

So where should I live? I've lived all over the village (east and west both) and lived in south slope for a year. Favorite places were south slope and the west village, but I don't want that ridiculous commute to midtown from the slope and I don't want to pay west village prices for a three bedroom.

Is Williamsburg okay now? Have all the trust fund kids been run out to Bushwick and Fort Greene? Seems like there are a bunch of high end developments along the water, but just not sure what is going on there. East Village might be okay, but probably a little too nightlife oriented for a small baby. I've never even been to Long Island City which seems super convenient, but also from the few pics I have seen, appears to be faceless high rises all over the place...
post #2 of 10
Personally I like the area of Williamsburg that is out a bit further on the L train. Off Graham ave and up north a bit almost Greenpoint maybe, I don't know, it is much less like times square for hipsters, some new developments too, very neighborhood vibe with a lot of new restuarants and such. I really like Prospect Heights as well, a lot going on down there for a young, but more mature crowd. I personally don't care for Long Island City, people hype it up, but I don't really understand it, other than nice condos there is really nothing else there.
post #3 of 10
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Yeah, I sort of get the feel that LIC is pretty dull.

I've heard that the L train is absolutely brutal in the mornings, and still unreliable. Is that still the case?
post #4 of 10
As far as I have noticed it is far better than it was 5 years ago.
post #5 of 10
If I was to move back I really like the meat packing district. Really nice apartments, crazy night life and you are close to the water and parks for running, biking etc.

Also some great places to eat and pick up women!
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by turboman808 View Post
If I was to move back I really like the meat packing district. Really nice apartments, crazy night life and you are close to the water and parks for running, biking etc.

Also some great places to eat and pick up women!

Married with a 5 month old, I'll just keep my mistress there

LIC might be fine - going to check it out. West village prices have gone insane since we left 3 years ago.
post #7 of 10
Are you working in Midtown East or West? If West, think about Hoboken - commute's not bad, prices are lower than the city (nanny/daycare especially) and it's much more kid-friendly than Manhattan.
post #8 of 10
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I'd consider Hoboken - but my wife is working in the mid-50s and Broadway and I am working straight east of her on Park. Just slightly too long of a commute I think since it also involves transfers, etc. LIC is a straight shot so that is tempting, but we would like to live somewhere that doesn't require a car and has some character.
post #9 of 10
^Be a maverick and venture two steps farther into Queens on the 7 line. Look at Sunnyside (extremely easy commute to midtown east - safe, tree-lined community, but not boring) or Jackson Heights (extremely diverse, great restaurants and some of the city's best prewar apartment buildings outside Manhattan). Add 10 minutes onto your commute and check Forest Hills and/or Kew Gardens. Straight shot into midtown east on the express E train. Both are very baby-friendly communities.

-LIC has a lot of potential, but it's still finding its way from industrial to residential.
-Uptown Hoboken is family-friendly, but parks are scarce outside the waterfront and you won't get much bang for your buck. Plus much of the city is still full of Big East and Penn State frat boys vomitting all over Washington Street.
post #10 of 10

Where did you decide?
 

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