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Y u no like watching practice?

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calling the "things you just don't get" thread, but it's much more applicable here.

I'm shocked by the number of times you'll see a car parked in a spot, and for whatever reason, there's somebody IN the car. Just sitting there. And I don't mean between the hours of 7 am and 10 am Mondays and Thursday, but at all hours. Just last night I was thinking about this as I was out with dog, and sure enough, the very first vehicle I passed had some guy just sitting in there typing away at his phone (he wasn't an Uber driver either). I payed close attention and saw it 2 more times while I zig zagged the streets for 25-30 minutes.

I don't get it.

I do this frequently. My son's soccer practice is on the other side of town, so rather than drive home and turn around to drive back, I either bring a book or my laptop and wait. Same for piano lessons.
closest to plausible that I can think of, there's a bunch of schools and playgrounds near me. If you're a parent, apparently it's what you do.
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Y u no like watching practice?

kids suck at soccer
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There are no children in W'burg

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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!

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There are no children in W'burg

 

Good point...what parts of Williamsburg would you recommend to live in? Any places in to Park Slope close to the park that isn't completely dominated by married couples with kids? I really think I'd be happiest in Park Slope, it really reminds me of Cambridge (which had enough kids, but also students and young professionals/postdocs).

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Good point...what parts of Williamsburg would you recommend to live in? Any places in to Park Slope close to the park that isn't completely dominated by married couples with kids? I really think I'd be happiest in Park Slope, it really reminds me of Cambridge (which had enough kids, but also students and young professionals/postdocs).

Live between Manhattan and Grand, between say Lorimer and Graham. Considered the "Little Italy" of Williamsburg, with lots of restaurants and bars and away from the Times Sq of BK (Bedford). I love it here.
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Good point...what parts of Williamsburg would you recommend to live in? Any places in to Park Slope close to the park that isn't completely dominated by married couples with kids? I really think I'd be happiest in Park Slope, it really reminds me of Cambridge (which had enough kids, but also students and young professionals/postdocs).

Live between Manhattan and Grand, between say Lorimer and Graham. Considered the "Little Italy" of Williamsburg, with lots of restaurants and bars and away from the Times Sq of BK (Bedford). I love it here.

I'm a little East and South of that (though not as far as the graffiti district). Lots of good food options. Lately, I've been walking over to Morgan to explore foodz. Awesome stuff (Shinobi Ramen, Momo Sushi, Roberta's, El Cortez, Fitzcarraldo, plus a bunch more that I've either forgotten about or have yet to get to but have heard great things).
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Thanks! Someone today mentioned I might like Windsor Terrace or Fort Greene...the latter looks especially promising. She also mentioned South Slope, still being gentrified, although, honestly, I have reservations about living in an area that is currently being gentrified (I feel bad)...but it is irrational, since I have no problem living in a place that IS gentrified. White guilt, I guess? sigh

 

I'll check out Williamsburg closely this week (can you name the streets where I should be looking, or a general area so I can search it on streeteasy. What do you think about Fort Greene, in particular?

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I don't think you were looking at Inwood Hill Park. It is in the 200s right before you cross a bridge and hit the Bronx.
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You are right, I meant St Nichols Park, my mistake.

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Windsor Terrace looks quite interesting, and an easy to commute to Columbia. The question is do I want to bike to work every day or not. I guess living in w105-110s would be okay, since my favorite restaurant is at w109, but I found closer to Columbia a bit boring, in terms of shops and restaurants, more catered to the undergrad scene. Or maybe I am just overthinking it, there is a beautiful park right there, after all.

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Not that most people would even care, but here is a map with filters on Nyc restaurant inspection ratings. 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/dining/new-york-health-department-restaurant-ratings-map.html?ref=dining

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
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Is the high e70s affordable (under $3k-ish per bedroom) for rentals (not a rental building but a condo building)? Or do I need to be looking in the mid to high e80s? Any recommendations for a realtor over there that isn't a total scumbag?

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Is the high e70s affordable (under $3k-ish per bedroom) for rentals (not a rental building but a condo building)? Or do I need to be looking in the mid to high e80s?
Why not just check the listings at Corcoran, Elliman, etc.....
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