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post #1 of 33
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Moving to Brooklyn in the next few months, and I've got some questions about it and I know there are a lot of members who live in NYC.

I'll be living with two roommates, so we're looking for a 3 bedroom. We're all poor college students (or recent graduates), so our budget for rent for the 3 of us is maximum $2000. Obviously we won't be able to get something amazing, but just browsing there are some pretty decent places.

- A lot of the places are in Bushwick or Bedstuy; I haven't heard much positive about these areas, how bad are they in actuality?
- What are some good places online to look for apartments? So far I've found the most on Craigslist, anyone else find their apartment this way?
- Would it be worth it to use a realtor to try and find a place?
- Any scams or tricks I need to be on the lookout for? (I've already noticed people advertises apartments in Bushwick as "East Williamsburg").

Ideally, we would like to live in Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Prospect area, or Park Slope. How is it like living there?

I'll post other questions as they come to me, thanks for the help.
post #2 of 33
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Could this perhaps be moved to a sub-forum where it might get more views and responses, such as General? Thanks.
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by Reynard369 View Post

Moving to Brooklyn in the next few months, and I've got some questions about it and I know there are a lot of members who live in NYC.
I'll be living with two roommates, so we're looking for a 3 bedroom. We're all poor college students (or recent graduates), so our budget for rent for the 3 of us is maximum $2000. Obviously we won't be able to get something amazing, but just browsing there are some pretty decent places.
- A lot of the places are in Bushwick or Bedstuy; I haven't heard much positive about these areas, how bad are they in actuality?
- What are some good places online to look for apartments? So far I've found the most on Craigslist, anyone else find their apartment this way?
- Would it be worth it to use a realtor to try and find a place?
- Any scams or tricks I need to be on the lookout for? (I've already noticed people advertises apartments in Bushwick as "East Williamsburg").
Ideally, we would like to live in Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Prospect area, or Park Slope. How is it like living there?
I'll post other questions as they come to me, thanks for the help.

- for convenience, don't live past the morgan on the L or really like myrtle on the j. protip: the j is a workhorse of a train and never really goes down.
- craigslist. if you're renting, invest in a broker.
- yes.
- if it's too good to be true, it almost definitely is. if it's not, someone else got there before you.
- williamsburg = lots of fun, convenient to tons of good bars and restaurants. clinton hill = nice, especially right around pratt (inconvenient train access though). park slope is nice and has good train access. also prospect park is superior to central park.

of your choices, i'd go for park slope. it really depends on where your every day schedule is taking you though, and your tolerance for commutes
post #4 of 33
I've heard a lot of good things about Bushwick. Only ever lived on the UWS though and go to Brooklyn rarely.
post #5 of 33
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How does a place like this look (http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/abo/2636948999.html) as far as price, location, etc?
post #6 of 33
place(nice) and price(very nice.) location is suspect!
post #7 of 33
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place(nice) and price(very nice.) location is suspect!

That's what I'm trying to figure out. How bad is that area? Is there some sort of rule of thumb where you don't want to live past a certain area?
post #8 of 33
Don't be a pussy!
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by Reynard369 View Post

How does a place like this look (http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/abo/2636948999.html) as far as price, location, etc?

Right around the Wilson stop is sketch, but in that direction it turns more into a hispanic family area. Not saying it is a great area, and ideally you'd find something around the Morgan stop or closer, but there are college kids living out by Wilson too.

You could look at Astoria, south slope, Harlem (stay west).
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Will you have a chance to physically visit these places before you rent? It's a lot of work, but you'll at least know what you're paying $1k a month for.

post #11 of 33
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Will you have a chance to physically visit these places before you rent? It's a lot of work, but you'll at least know what you're paying $1k a month for.


I will, but I'm trying to narrow down areas to focus on. I'm about 2 hours away, so I plan on checking out places in person, but hopefully set up a bunch over one or two days.
post #12 of 33
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Going to wander around Brooklyn and check out a few places this week. Any other helpful hints? There was a nice place I saw that's in a gated, entry-secured building in Crown Heights; is the area livable?
post #13 of 33
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Going to wander around Brooklyn and check out a few places this week. Any other helpful hints? There was a nice place I saw that's in a gated, entry-secured building in Crown Heights; is the area livable?

depends on where in crown heights.....
post #14 of 33
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Also prospect park is superior to central park.
of your choices, i'd go for park slope. it really depends on where your every day schedule is taking you though, and your tolerance for commutes

Park Slope 1-bedrooms average around 2k for Central/North Slope.
3-bedrooms will be hard to find given limited availability in a predominantly Brownstone community. 2BR average around 2300-2400/month and 3BR are probably >2500-3000 depending on the locale and square footage/amenities.

Cobble Hill, Boerem Hill, and Carroll Gardens will be similar in price to PS. You might want to try Clinton Hill and the area around Pratt. The prices are a bit lower, just watch out for NYCHA.
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

depends on where in crown heights.....

Pacific St. & Albany Ave
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Originally Posted by norcaltransplant View Post

Park Slope 1-bedrooms average around 2k for Central/North Slope.
3-bedrooms will be hard to find given limited availability in a predominantly Brownstone community. 2BR average around 2300-2400/month and 3BR are probably >2500-3000 depending on the locale and square footage/amenities.
Cobble Hill, Boerem Hill, and Carroll Gardens will be similar in price to PS. You might want to try Clinton Hill and the area around Pratt. The prices are a bit lower, just watch out for NYCHA.

Meaning what, exactly?
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