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that's exactly what lefty did.
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Really? Wow. First one. I read the first page of that thread (which was titled "I think I hate SF" whereas this one is titled "Reasons why NYC sucks"...telling, I think) and all of it is chalked up to social differences that seem to become normal over time as you get used to it.

 

I have been thinking for years about moving to SF, I dream of better weather. I've spent most of my life in New England and the past two years on the UWS. Maybe I can ask here, can someone tell me a nice neighborhood to live in? I've been considering:

 

West Village - seems way overpriced (everything is redone and way too modern), and only a few streets really remind me of Boston (uneven sidewalks, lots of trees) although the (exterior) architecture is gorgeous

Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill - reminds me of Boston but also seems expensive, gorgeous architecture)

Park Slope - gorgeous architecture, reminds me most of the streets of Cambridge Mass, not to mention the gorgeous park but there are lots of moms/babies and I'm at the Tinder point of my life

Williamsburg/DUMBO - too hipster and trendy for me, too loud on the weekends

Bed Stuy - gorgeous architecture, I hear lots of bad things about the neighborhood, but it seems "authentic" (i.e., rough), where are the nice parts of Bed Stuy to live?

UWS - Honestly, I thought I'd love living here, but I haven't found any place on the UWS I love...honestly, I've been spending more time walking the high 70s/80s of the UES and find that quite nice, surprisingly

 

And on that note, I hear there is a part of the UES for young people. Where exactly is that? I'm actually quite impressed with all the boutique shops and eating options there. That's what I thought I'd like about the UWS but I find it either too Jewish or too cosmo, depending which part of the UWS you are at. I heard there's a park along the river (esplanade?) on the UES which depending on what its like, might be a good place to live? So far, my favorite park is Park Slope and Morningside Park, for different reasons. 

 

As for commute, as long as I can get to Columbia University in an hour, I don't care. I work odd hours so I am not worried about rush hour train traffic.

 

As for budget, it doesn't matter...I just like feeling like I get value for what I pay for. I like prewar architecture that has character and I would prefer to live in a townhouse or small building rather than an REIT renovated shit hole.

 

I appreciate any insight, maybe I can start to like NYC because right now, I want to go back to Boston or Europe, or *gasp* SF. Thanks :)

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and to be fair, there's not many places for good fried chicken sandwiches in NYC

Fuku
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Irunfast, I can't speak much about NYC neighborhoods. However, the young people in the UES all seem to hang out at the bars between the 70s and 80s of 2nd ave. The Stumble Inn (divey, douchey) and Penrose (much better) attract relatively young crowds (I'd say 25+ for Penrose).
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For Bed Stuy, the west side of the neighborhood is probably the safer area from what I've seen.

 

Have you looked into the areas north of Columbia? Not exactly super nice, but you seemed to be interested by Bed Stuy so it's not too different. Can't recall any 'new' apartments and the area is probably one of the cheaper areas in Manhattan. Visited the area once or twice and there were some lively spots.

post #10986 of 11480
good fried pickled as the Penrose.

I wouldn't label W'Burg as too loud on the weekends. There of course some loud spots, but I find the neighborhood to be shockingly quiet vs. the UES.

having said that, the commute to Columbia would probably be a bit of a bitch vs. West side of Manhattan choices. Same with UES, or in fact most of the East side save for FiDi where a few subway lines converge towards the tip of Manhattan.
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Cross town buses are actually pretty easy in the Uppers.  Rarely takes more than 20-25 mns to go from East End to West End - straight shot across the park

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A few more comments on FiDi since I've been working in the neighborhood for a few weeks now:

it's a weird neighborhood, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Lower FiDi is all business, upper FiDi is a mix of biz and Pace students. These two groups pretty much shape the feel of the neighborhood. Lower gets quiet at night. Neighborhood naturally feels dark all the time since the streets are so narrow yet buildings still tall. Lots of really good food options, a pleasant surprise. Since there appears to be a number of government agencies down here, you'll see a few type of people: foreigners who are perpetually lost and don't speak english, and hobos. Lots of hobos. There's a pleasant feel of old NY and new NY - right now, it's a nice balance, though new high-rises will undoubtedly add more bodies to the already crowded sidewalks. I enjoy working in the neighborhood, but to live there? I'd probably look elsewhere.
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I just heard the most horrifying story from a friend of mine who was assaulted this weekend. And by horrifying, I mean horrifying. The bad guy is in jail, which is good, and awaiting trial. The press would be all over this and I have encouraged him to tell them as it should be made public. I was told I can't tell anyone so this is as close as I can come.
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I just heard the most horrifying story from a friend of mine, who was assaulted this weekend. And by horrifying, I mean horrifying. The guy is in jail, which is good, and awaiting trial. The press would be all over this and I have encouraged him to tell them as it should be made public. I was told I can't tell anyone so this is as close as I can come.

Sorry to hear that. I hope your friend is OK.
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Cross town buses are actually pretty easy in the Uppers.  Rarely takes more than 20-25 mns to go from East End to West End - straight shot across the park

it's still a pain in the ass. I had a few trips in a row for CBS interview, and it's a hike if it's going to be daily.
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Sorry to hear that. I hope your friend is OK.
I think so. He spent a night in the ER and any permanent damage will likely be only cosmetic. He sounds ok now, but I would not be surprised if there are lasting non-physical effects.
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oy. Super scary.
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I think so. He spent a night in the ER and any permanent damage will likely be only cosmetic. He sounds ok now, but I would not be surprised if there are lasting non-physical effects.

Scary. I can attest that he can still live an OK life even if he's no longer as handsome as before.
post #10995 of 11480
+1 for Penrose on Friday and Saturday nights. Great crowd and no televisions. Probably one of the only bars I regularly visited. Also, amazing food all around. Never really like Stumble Inn as it is more of a college environment, similar to the dives on the UWS on Amsterdam Ave, which I actually enjoyed more. But you can't beat the drink prices.

Bondurants is also very good for cocktails and even cask beers near 82nd and 2nd. Nice little date spot. There is a German restaurant around the corner (Heidelberg?) that is a good time as well.
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