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for all you nycers

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by discostu004, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Well-Known Member

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    Yes and no. 8th Ave turns into CPW, but 55 CPW and 55 8th Avenue are very different addresses.
     
  2. dah328

    dah328 Well-Known Member

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    I was extrapolating the exclusivity of my address from mack's "even numbers are good" heuristic.  I probably should have included more emoticons of the  [​IMG]  [​IMG] variety.
     
  3. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    I'm still homeless. Anyone care to throw me a bone for afforable student housing with access to lower Manhattan? [​IMG]
     
  4. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    In the past, NYU would provide cheap student housing to people taking summer courses. The courses were inexpensive, and the housing was too. They had much more housing stock than students in the summer, and therefore someone who paid for a double/triple/quadruple might have it to himself.

    Perhaps worth investigating. Not a very long term option, though.
     
  5. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Well-Known Member

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    Affordable student housing does not exist the way it used to...There's an article in the New York Sun today about students and recent graduates venturing into once-dangerous neighborhoods that are now gentifrying. People are even moving into Bushwick (which, the one time I've been there, at night, was pretty scary) since Queens and the rest of Brooklyn are getting so expensive. My advice if you want to be able to afford NYC housing? Study hard and get a good job, ideally something in the banking/legal industries. Assuming you don't have a trust fund, you literally will not be able to have (quick) access to Lower Manhattan without "selling out." Which is what I essentially did, and that's why I'm typing this at the office at 9:45 pm.
     
  6. Mike C.

    Mike C. Well-Known Member

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    You can count me as someone lucky enough for this to happen to. I had a corner room in Water Street all to myself (with my own bathroom), Basically floor to ceiling windows on two walls overlooking NY Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. I took two of the beds and duct-taped them together forming one giant bed as well.

    Not bad huh? It will be a looooong time before I can ever afford anything like that.
     
  7. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    Wondeful. Just wonderful. I qualify for the "study hard" part, except you can exclude me from the banking/legal industries. Actually, I will be supporting the legal industries quite substantially next year, and much more in the future... It's nuts that Residents (MD variety) can't afford to live in the city when they work 80/hr weeks, and their sleep, or lack thereof, can potentially affect the outcome of a patients' life.
     
  8. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Well-Known Member

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    No sympathy from me.  A NYC resident doesn't have to live in choice parts of Manhattan any more than a DC resident has to live in NW west of Rock Creek Park.  What about the other boroughs and New Jersey?  Doesn't the NYC area have a great subway and train system that makes getting around very easy?
     
  9. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. New York city is expensive, but some of this stuff is total BS. What do residents make? $30,000 - $40,000? A lot of people live here on a lot less, so no sympathy from me either. And there's a reason why NYC is expensive: it's one of the greatest--if not THE greatest--cities in the world. Supply and demand. Housing is expensive, but there are ways NYC can cut you some slack. For example, you do NOT need a car (or the insurance, gasoline, and maintenance that goes along with it). How much is that a month? I'm guessing (never had to pay these) at LEAST $300/month. NYU is a good idea for summer housing, but it's more expensive if you aren't taking classes, which are VERY costly. Also, if you're willing to do without AC (buy a fan), they have cheaper buildings, still in great locations. itzamazing is right in that NYC is still somewhat segregated, and it's a shame. I live in Sunset Park, a predominantly Latino neigborhood, which, sadly, seems to scare of a lot of my friends who feel better in "Park Slope." Even if where they live is actually worse than my area. And my neighbors are wonderfully friendly. My commute is only 45 mins door to door, and costs $76 a month. Also, people complain about ridiculous apartment costs, like $1,000,000 for a studio. Sure, but no-one says you need to do that. You could always buy a townhouse in Bed-Stuy. Okay, enough ranting.
     
  10. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    Hi Im no longer homeless... I sacrificed space for location and transport, but its all good.
     
  11. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    Sacrificing space for location/transport? Classic. Many of us do it.

    Where did you end up?
     
  12. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    90s and CPW.  Ironically, it was about the same I would pay on the UES off York Ave., and only about $100/month more than comparable places in Williamsburg, Park Slope North, and Brooklyn Heights.  I also considered Hoboken for a bit, until I calculated my commute to the UES.  Again, the savings wasn't sufficiently substantial to merit the move.

    EDIT: It sounds more impressive than it looks. I have bars on my windows, overlooking the trash for my building.
     
  13. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats.

    Time to change the location under your avatar, tho'. You are in the 'burbs no longer.
     
  14. poorsod

    poorsod Well-Known Member

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    Hey I'm in a similar situation in the 70's and Columbus. Bars on the window and a view of the trash. Has been like that for 3 years and will be like that for another 2. Too poor to move and it requires too much inertia. I have to disassemble all my furniture to get it out the door. *sigh*
     
  15. naturlaut

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    That's nice. I used to live around that area for a while, back in the days when the B train was still running all the way downtown.
     

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