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It's easier to drive in India.

lefty


Demonstrably false.

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the move I constantly see here is when you pull up to a red light in a two/three lane road - another car will pull into the right most lane with the intent of gunning it then undertaking to the front of the person to the left to avoid anyone double parked/street parking.

when ever I see someone pull to my right with the plan to do this, I just let them through, but for others its like a challenge and what ends up happening is both cars lurch forward simultaneously and then its a game of chicken.

there's also the honk angrily the second the light turns green even if they're 5 cars back from the intersection and have no view whats in front.

in the summer time I'll see a variation of this:
- light turns green
- 0.2 seconds elapse with no movement
- angry honking from behind
- guy in front will stick out his backwards facing middle finger from an open window then will drive sloooooowly out

I've seen this so much over the last 4 years of my driving here that I will giddily predict when its about to happen to the bemusement of my wife. Its usually a large dude in an SUV who sticks up a middle finger.
post #1308 of 6079
Seems like a lot of NewYorkers in this thread, so i'll ask here.

Going to Columbia for a 1 yr grad program this Spring - what neighborhood should i be looking at? I have been to the city ~5 times, so i am somewhat familiar but don't know the subway.

Right now focusing on Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, West Village, looking for easy access to the 1 Train (express?). Not looking at apts near campus because it is dead up there. Haven't looked seriously yet due to the quick turnover on vacant units. Access to Midtown or FiDi will be important aswell because I will be trying to get an internship during the fall/winter semester.

Trying to kop a 1 bdrm for $2,500 or less. May end up living w roommates.

Also, thoughts on a new bldg vs. classic with exposed brick etc?

Oh, and to make this post whole, apartment hunting in New York sucks.
post #1309 of 6079
West Village and Chelsea aren't going to happen for that cost. You should probably look at doing a +1 into somebody else's lease. Hell's Kitchen has good food but doesn't have many housing options from what I recall. Lots of industrial/commercial/transportation services stuff in that area, and I presume many people living around there are working nearby in midtown, so it's probably quite costly as well based on that proximity, which you don't need. Hell's Kitchen is probably inferior to every neighborhood north of it until 125th anyway. If you're going to school three days a week or more, I don't think you'd want to go much farther south than the UWS. I would take a second look at areas near campus in the 90's and low 100's, where you'll have a much easier time finding a place to live that can accommodate your temporary-ish status (with reliable roommates), while still having A/C/1/2/3 train access and good nightlife stuff. If you're not at school full time and are really going to NY to party and do the financial district thing, I'd look way south on the eastern side (Chinatown, Lower East Side) and just bear the long commute to Columbia as necessary on the F and 1-2-3. I wouldn't want to commute all the way uptown after a late night of interning at a bank, assuming you feel confident about those prospects. That would be miserable.
post #1310 of 6079

Stay up in or near Harlem. Pretty buzzy street scene and walk to school. The 2/3 are a godsend.

 

lefty


Edited by lefty - 2/25/13 at 3:42pm
post #1311 of 6079
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West Village and Chelsea aren't going to happen for that cost. You should probably look at doing a +1 into somebody else's lease. Hell's Kitchen has good food but doesn't have many housing options from what I recall. Lots of industrial/commercial/transportation services stuff in that area, and I presume many people living around there are working nearby in midtown, so it's probably quite costly as well based on that proximity, which you don't need. Hell's Kitchen is probably inferior to every neighborhood north of it until 125th anyway. If you're going to school three days a week or more, I don't think you'd want to go much farther south than the UWS. I would take a second look at areas near campus in the 90's and low 100's, where you'll have a much easier time finding a place to live that can accommodate your temporary-ish status (with reliable roommates), while still having A/C/1/2/3 train access and good nightlife stuff. If you're not at school full time and are really going to NY to party and do the financial district thing, I'd look way south on the eastern side (Chinatown, Lower East Side) and just bear the long commute to Columbia as necessary on the F and 1-2-3. I wouldn't want to commute all the way uptown after a late night of interning at a bank, assuming you feel confident about those prospects. That would be miserable.

+1.
post #1312 of 6079
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West Village and Chelsea aren't going to happen for that cost. You should probably look at doing a +1 into somebody else's lease. Hell's Kitchen has good food but doesn't have many housing options from what I recall. Lots of industrial/commercial/transportation services stuff in that area, and I presume many people living around there are working nearby in midtown, so it's probably quite costly as well based on that proximity, which you don't need. Hell's Kitchen is probably inferior to every neighborhood north of it until 125th anyway. If you're going to school three days a week or more, I don't think you'd want to go much farther south than the UWS. I would take a second look at areas near campus in the 90's and low 100's, where you'll have a much easier time finding a place to live that can accommodate your temporary-ish status (with reliable roommates), while still having A/C/1/2/3 train access and good nightlife stuff. If you're not at school full time and are really going to NY to party and do the financial district thing, I'd look way south on the eastern side (Chinatown, Lower East Side) and just bear the long commute to Columbia as necessary on the F and 1-2-3. I wouldn't want to commute all the way uptown after a late night of interning at a bank, assuming you feel confident about those prospects. That would be miserable.

puzzled.gif You serious? HK has become a lot better in the past 5 years. You think W96th to W110th is better (particularly east of broadway)?
post #1313 of 6079
I'm not Time Out New York or anything, but I've been to some decent enough places up there when I was dating a girl living right by St. John's. The area around Broadway and Amsterdam in the 112-115th range is totally decent. That area has all the things you'd expect from a Columbia crowd. Regardless, he'll be busy, and trying to live near the epicenter of everything so he can "do everything" is going to have significant costs that he won't ever be able to recoup. If he's inclined, the money he'll save living uptown can be used to cab around as necessary. I think he should decide whether he'll spend more time at Columbia or the hypothetical bank, and choose the cheaper neighborhood in the proximity to it. He's really got nothing in Hell's Kitchen: still 80 blocks from the Financial District and 50 blocks from Columbia. Every destination is going to be a train ride from there.

But more importantly, George Gershwin composed Rhapsody in Blue from a window overlooking 110th and Amsterdam. If it's good enough for him, Johnny Maple Leaf will suffice.
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Man, if any of those driving behaviors are of the slightest frequency then I'm happy to be on the roads surrounded by Asians.
post #1315 of 6079
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

West Village and Chelsea aren't going to happen for that cost. You should probably look at doing a +1 into somebody else's lease. Hell's Kitchen has good food but doesn't have many housing options from what I recall. Lots of industrial/commercial/transportation services stuff in that area, and I presume many people living around there are working nearby in midtown, so it's probably quite costly as well based on that proximity, which you don't need. Hell's Kitchen is probably inferior to every neighborhood north of it until 125th anyway. If you're going to school three days a week or more, I don't think you'd want to go much farther south than the UWS. I would take a second look at areas near campus in the 90's and low 100's, where you'll have a much easier time finding a place to live that can accommodate your temporary-ish status (with reliable roommates), while still having A/C/1/2/3 train access and good nightlife stuff. If you're not at school full time and are really going to NY to party and do the financial district thing, I'd look way south on the eastern side (Chinatown, Lower East Side) and just bear the long commute to Columbia as necessary on the F and 1-2-3. I wouldn't want to commute all the way uptown after a late night of interning at a bank, assuming you feel confident about those prospects. That would be miserable.

I've found a few studios in the Village and Chelsea for around that price (http://newyork.ebayclassifieds.com/apartments-for-rent/new-york/1br-west-village-manhattan/?ad=26397967), as well as some nice 3 bedrooms for around $5,000 which would bring me in well below my price limit (http://newyork.ebayclassifieds.com/apartments-for-rent/new-york/3br-chelsea-manhattan/?ad=26473500). Not sure if I want to live with roommates ever again after undergrad.

Has a poster below you suggested, I understand HK has changed quite a bit and still offers relatively reasonably priced accommodations. I am biased against living in the UWS or Morningside Heights... other Columbia students/alumni have made me believe it's quite dead up there - nice for class but a major pain for nightlife with working friends and if you secure an internship (I am making the assumption that I will be locking this in - just not sure if it will be midtown or financial district).

I am a huge fan of the Lower East Side and will live there once I am working fulltime. As I said I am not too familiar with the subways, but logistically it would seem smarter to live on the West side somewhere in order to reduce commute times to school while having easy access to work and the city.
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Stay up in or near Harlem. Pretty buzzy street scene and walk to school. The 2/3 are a godsend.

lefty

Hard to get to work if I do an internship. How's the crime issue?
post #1316 of 6079

Reasons why NEW YORK IS COOL!

 

A.  Albany NY is where I created the idea of my serial killer that was later to be know as Dexter Morgan in 1973.

B.  As a child I loved the trees in the woods as many areas had vines growing on them and I could really swing tree to tree.

C.  Fond memories or running into the back yard mountain picking wild berries so I do not have to go inside and eat lunch.

D. Hanging out at the Osbourne mansion that overlooked the Hudson bay that the bear mountain bridge went over. Then playing in the master library.  Getting in trouble ringing the servant bell under the table often making the maids upset at me.  Playing in the back of the mansion in the tiny reflection pool that had various poisonous frogs that were soaking up the sun.

E.  Visiting West Point every 4 of July. Those were the best fireworks ever!

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^ Not really. The 2/3 is an express that rockets you downtown.

 

Crime? The only problem is the German tourists blocking the streets as they line up at Sylvia's. The nicest parts of Harlem are as beautiful as any other neighbourhood in the city - streets filled with brownstones, kids, old Harlem manners. Unfortunately, the dodgy parts are a little rough. Be smart and aware. Which is true of the city in general.

 

lefty 

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Stay up in or near Harlem. Pretty buzzy street scene and walk to school. The 1/9 are a godsend.

lefty

FTFY & This^.

I live in Hamilton Heights, Harlem USA and it is possible to find buildings/blocks that are extremely nice. The next time you are in the area walk up Convent Ave from 135th to 151st. You can also find some nice spots on Riverside and all areas in between. There are celebrities and many Columbia grads living in this area. Also, look at the cars parked outside. Up here, most folks buy within their means, not like the Bentley with the NYCHA sticker. Also, notice the graffiti or lack thereof. As a former graf artist I notice those things and can tell when I am in "the hood".
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The problem with living on the UWS is if you go out on weekends and want to avoid taking the subway back home at 4am, it's a $25+ cab ride back. Do that a few times a month and it starts to eat into your rent savings.

My GF lives on 109th and Amsterdam. The area is ok for some weeknights out, but for weekend stuff you want to be closer to downtown. It's not even cheap up there anymore. 1 bedrooms are gonna clock in 2k-2500. Studios a bit less.

HK is around the same price, TONS of housing supply, and is more convenient (assuming you're not TOO far west of the subway lines). It's only 20 minutes or less to Columbia and honestly has some really good nightlife. A close friend of mine is a real estate broker and lives in HK. He really likes it and has been able to find some STEALS in the neighborhood (1 bedroom that had been gut renovated for less than $2050).

Use padmapper to take a look. Though MOST of those listings require a broker fee.
post #1320 of 6079
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^ Not really. The 2/3 is an express that rockets you downtown.

Crime? The only problem is the German tourists blocking the streets as they line up at Sylvia's. The nicest parts of Harlem are as beautiful as any other neighbourhood in the city - streets filled with brownstones, kids, old Harlem manners. Unfortunately, the dodgy parts are a little rough. Be smart and aware. Which is true of the city in general.

lefty 

Aye aye. Dodgy parts in many areas of the city. Does one's dollar go much further here than further south on the West side.
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FTFY & This^.

I live in Hamilton Heights, Harlem USA and it is possible to find buildings/blocks that are extremely nice. The next time you are in the area walk up Convent Ave from 135th to 151st. You can also find some nice spots on Riverside and all areas in between. There are celebrities and many Columbia grads living in this area. Also, look at the cars parked outside. Up here, most folks buy within their means, not like the Bentley with the NYCHA sticker. Also, notice the graffiti or lack thereof. As a former graf artist I notice those things and can tell when I am in "the hood".

Not sure if I want to live where Columbia grads live... sounds like a nice place for early 30s+ folks. Not necessarily 23 year old grad student though?
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The problem with living on the UWS is if you go out on weekends and want to avoid taking the subway back home at 4am, it's a $25+ cab ride back. Do that a few times a month and it starts to eat into your rent savings.

My GF lives on 109th and Amsterdam. The area is ok for some weeknights out, but for weekend stuff you want to be closer to downtown. It's not even cheap up there anymore. 1 bedrooms are gonna clock in 2k-2500. Studios a bit less.

HK is around the same price, TONS of housing supply, and is more convenient (assuming you're not TOO far west of the subway lines). It's only 20 minutes or less to Columbia and honestly has some really good nightlife. A close friend of mine is a real estate broker and lives in HK. He really likes it and has been able to find some STEALS in the neighborhood (1 bedroom that had been gut renovated for less than $2050).

Use padmapper to take a look. Though MOST of those listings require a broker fee.

This is exactly what a Columbia student I visited last year - he lived in Chelsea/meatpacking and we had beers and the Gansevoort with a few of his pals from the program. One of them lived right by campus - said it was a major regret as there were so many student meet ups and late nights further south, he ended up taking like 10 cabs a month back home. As for my friend who lived in Chelsea - he lived in a 3 person apt in a new building w gym, rooftop patio etc. Said he loved it - 25ish minute subway ride to Columbia, could ride his bicycle up the West side all the way to campus in nice weather, nightlife was awesome, and good access to his internship in Midtown.

Which avenues are too far west of the subway line?
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