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Best, inexpensive place to live in NYC?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by imageWIS, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. adambparker

    adambparker Senior member

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    Greenpoint and Bay Ridge suck transportation wise.
    Astoria, in my opinion, is overrated.
    Jackson Heights? Only if you're of certain ethnic groups and want to feel like you're back in the mother country at certain times.

    Prospect Heights. BING. I am amazed at how much Brooklyn has changed over the years. You get off the train in Prospect Heights and it is all young people, tons of bars and shops and restaurants there or in prospect park. And it's dirt cheap...or it is when I compare it to how much I spend on housing. Plus it's safe and actually feels like a "neighborhood". I would tell the OP to look at prospect heights, prospect park, brooklyn heights, fort green, carrol gardens (yes I know the heights and the gardens are more expensive).


    +1. Also check out Crown Heights. A bit cheaper than Prospect Heights, IME, but a bit less of a scene, if you're looking for that.
     


  2. gdl203

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    Not sure what you mean by "prospect park". There is the slope west of it that's very expensive, Windsor Terrace south and the south slope that are a bit less expensive but not that great of neighborhoods, there's the Heights north but we already talked about it, and then east of the Park is pretty crappy overall.

    Brooklyn Heights is very nice but really expensive (I know that you know but worth re-iterating). I like Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill too - again not cheap. Fort Greene is more affordable but a mixed bag IME - still some safety issues.
     


  3. MetroStyles

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    Hey guys, I am thinking about moving to Brooklyn, but only if I can find a lively neighborhood that is close to Manhattan.

    Close defined as:

    a) Subway is not too long to Manhattan
    b) Taxis will not kick my ass to the curb if I ask them to take me to the place from Manhattan
    c) Optional, but ideally has taxis I can take into the city.

    Of course, must be less expensive than Manhattan. Highest I am willing to go is East Vill equivalence in terms of cost. Thanks.
     


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    Hey guys, I am thinking about moving to Brooklyn, but only if I can find a lively neighborhood that is close to Manhattan.

    Close defined as:

    a) Subway is not too long to Manhattan
    b) Taxis will not kick my ass to the curb if I ask them to take me to the place from Manhattan
    c) Optional, but ideally has taxis I can take into the city.

    Of course, must be less expensive than Manhattan. Highest I am willing to go is East Vill equivalence in terms of cost. Thanks.


    a) depends on where in Manhattan you go. Some areas are fast commutes to midtown while others are fast commute to downtown
    b) this doesn't happen any more. As long as you know how to direct them
    c) this will seriously limit the search if you mean yellow cabs. Slope, Wburg, along Flatbush - that's pretty much it IME. That said, doesn't matter, there's car companies everywhere and they are often cheaper than yellow cabs
     


  5. MetroStyles

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    a) depends on where in Manhattan you go. Some areas are fast commutes to midtown while others are fast commute to downtown
    b) this doesn't happen any more. As long as you know how to direct them
    c) this will seriously limit the search if you mean yellow cabs. Slope, Wburg, along Flatbush - that's pretty much it IME. That said, doesn't matter, there's car companies everywhere and they are often cheaper than yellow cabs


    Thanks. Any recs on neighborhoods that match my cost/social criteria as detailed in the previous post? Would love to find a decent studio for $1600.
     


  6. gdl203

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    Thanks. Any recs on neighborhoods that match my cost/social criteria as detailed in the previous post? Would love to find a decent studio for $1600.

    Studio for $1600? You'll find a lot of options with that budget. I personally like the Slope - it's a good mix of nightlife, restaurants, young vs families, access to Manhattan, pre-war blocks and proximity to the park. If you have a phobia of strollers, that may not be the best hood for you though. Go walk around Smith St/Carroll Gdns, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights this weekend (all can be done walking from one to another) and see what you like/dislike.
     


  7. MetroStyles

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    Studio for $1600? You'll find a lot of options with that budget. I personally like the Slope - it's a good mix of nightlife, restaurants, young vs families, access to Manhattan, pre-war blocks and proximity to the park. If you have a phobia of strollers, that may not be the best hood for you though. Go walk around Smith St, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights this weekend (all can be done walking from one to another) and see what you like/dislike.

    Thanks, what do 1BRs go for on the low end? And forgive my ignorance, but isn't Park Slope a bunch of nice brownstones next to the park with mostly young families? I did not see a lot of commercial property last time I passed through but it was a while back.
     


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    Thanks, what do 1BRs go for on the low end? And forgive my ignorance, but isn't Park Slope a bunch of nice brownstones next to the park with mostly young families? I did not see a lot of commercial property last time I passed through but it was a while back.

    If what you're looking for is a new development condo/rental building with a pool, you're not going to find that in Park Slope. You'll find brownstones lining the park and low-rise buildings as you move a few avenues west of the park. All have rental units, often by owner, not big commercial enterprises.

    A very quick way to check prices is to go to streeteasy.com and click on rentals.
     


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    If what you're looking for is a new development condo/rental building with a pool, you're not going to find that in Park Slope. You'll find brownstones lining the park and low-rise buildings as you move a few avenues west of the park. All have rental units, often by owner, not big commercial enterprises.

    A very quick way to check prices is to go to streeteasy.com and click on rentals.


    No, I meant commercial as in stores and restaurants / a nightlife. I am very UNinterested in high rises or developments. Not my preferred type of housing.
     


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    No, I meant commercial as in stores and restaurants / a nightlife. I am very UNinterested in high rises or developments. Not my preferred type of housing.

    Oh I see. Tons of that on 5, 6 and 7th avenues. Less as you get to the two blocks closest to the park
     


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    I lived in Prospect Heights for a year when I first got to NYC. It's not a bad place to be at all, provided you generally stay west of of Washington Ave. The owner of the apt I lived in had a pretty large 2 bedroom and I believe was paying around $2600 a month on his mortgage. I'd imagine a studio or 1 bedroom to be significantly less expensive.

    The slope is a pretty nice place to live too. A lot of decent restaurants and bars. The families are really becoming prevalent though, strollers abound. For commuting reasons you'd be better off living near the northern end close to the 2,3; M,R; and B,Q. If you're not commuting beyond midtown it's not too shabby. Better than getting on a crammed 4,5 from the UES to get to the Financial District, that's for sure.
     


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    I lived in Prospect Heights for a year when I first got to NYC.

    w/a, when was that? I find that PH has changed a lot in the last 3 or 4 years. Maybe that Richard Meier building helped bring new people to the neighborhood.
     


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    w/a, when was that? I find that PH has changed a lot in the last 3 or 4 years. Maybe that Richard Meier building helped bring new people to the neighborhood.

    Not too long ago, moved into the neighborhood around January '08. I lived right around Wash Ave. on Prospect Place in a gut renovated brownstone. The neighborhood really begins to fall off between Wash and Franklin. It didn't seem to have changed too much when I was in the area 4 months ago. Like I said before, west of Washington and it can be pretty nice.
     


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    w/a, when was that? I find that PH has changed a lot in the last 3 or 4 years. Maybe that Richard Meier building helped bring new people to the neighborhood.

    When did that building get finished? I could never decide whether I liked it or not, but it was only about 1/2 done when we left NYC.
     


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    Hey guys, I am thinking about moving to Brooklyn, but only if I can find a lively neighborhood that is close to Manhattan.

    Close defined as:

    a) Subway is not too long to Manhattan
    b) Taxis will not kick my ass to the curb if I ask them to take me to the place from Manhattan
    c) Optional, but ideally has taxis I can take into the city.

    Of course, must be less expensive than Manhattan. Highest I am willing to go is East Vill equivalence in terms of cost. Thanks.


    Check Boerum Hill. I live there and it is a great area. Smith and Court Streets are popping with bars/restaurants/etc. It is close to the city(F train at Bergen St is 3 stops from lower Manhattan.) Loads of women(or men if that is ur thing.) Great nightlife. You can walk to Bklyn Heights/Ft Green/Carroll Gdns/etc. Taxis run right down Smith St going back to NYC. Greah hood!
     


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