Originally Posted by gdl203
This is where I live. It's lovely because of the park and the river, but it's as dead of a neighborhood as you can imagine. You have to walk 10 mins to find a cup of coffee. It's 95% residential (and a few schools) with nearly no commercial life
Sorry it took me so long to reply! It's been a rough week :)
What part is that, exactly? I don't need daily coffee, but I need a nearby Indian restaurant that is cheap and good, and a pizza place. I don't know NYC that well.
Other people mentioned getting to the west side, the busses that crosstown, especially the ones through Central Park are fine (but then you have to get on the 1) and the M4 is great, at least east to west, but can be a bit slow if you are coming down 5th Ave (by Mt Siani, FROM the west side.
I'm not so much a New Yorker yet that walking 5 blocks is a different state for me but I do like good ethnic, cheap food and some activity around, although quite frankly, I never go to bars and the two times I have since I've been here, it's with colleagues at work at 2am at Columbia so I don't care about the bar scene in my neighborhood. My main way I have met people (read: women) has been via tinder, usually they come up towards Columbia or I go somewhere, I don't really care as it's at off hours so the subway is fine.
One person said they live in the LES but come up to the UES for night life? Really? I thought LES is where everybody goes to drink until 5am then puke their way home???
If anybody can tell me a place on the UWS I missed that I may like, I'm all ears. Specifically, I've been walking from Lex and 86 to 1st and e86 a lot lately and like it quite a bit (and neighboring streets). I also walked by the small little townhouse area in lower 60s, I forget the name but I couldn't afford there anyway.
As for above Columbia, I've heard mixed things but the neighborhood, from what I can tell, is small cheap stores, one or two fried chicken places and maybe a bar that serves food, it seems rather dead. Inwood Park in the 130s was promising because of the park but the neighborhood looked dead (and very poor...I'm not against living there if there's places to eat (especially late at night).
I can take a look again at Williamsburg, anybody know a good Brooklyn rental agent? Like I said, wherever I end up, I want some old prewar charm, it doesn't have to have a modern facelift but it needs to be clean. I want to avoid renovated shit holes run by optimized for cash flow REITs.
I really hope I didn't ramble too much, in sum: I want a place to live that's within an hour to w120 and columbus by public transit and has architecture nearby and my house needs to be like I said in the last paragraph. 1 bedroom plus a distinct office area is necessary (whether it's a 2 bedroom officially or not, or even a one bedroom with a LARGE living room where I can make a study enclave, that can work too) for under $3500 per room. I would much prefer two bedrooms so I can keep periodical guests out of my living room (nothing worse than your guest taking over the living room). I care most about value and access to cheap ethnic food (of any origin really, but I especially love most Mediterranean food, Turkish, Lebanese, southeast Asian and Indian food and a pizza place, of course..not hipster pizza, NYC pizza!). I'd prefer to work directly with a landlord if possible...is that easier in BK?
Any info would be great!