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Moving to Brooklyn

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Reynard369, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Well-Known Member

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    Moving to Brooklyn in the next few months, and I've got some questions about it and I know there are a lot of members who live in NYC.

    I'll be living with two roommates, so we're looking for a 3 bedroom. We're all poor college students (or recent graduates), so our budget for rent for the 3 of us is maximum $2000. Obviously we won't be able to get something amazing, but just browsing there are some pretty decent places.

    - A lot of the places are in Bushwick or Bedstuy; I haven't heard much positive about these areas, how bad are they in actuality?
    - What are some good places online to look for apartments? So far I've found the most on Craigslist, anyone else find their apartment this way?
    - Would it be worth it to use a realtor to try and find a place?
    - Any scams or tricks I need to be on the lookout for? (I've already noticed people advertises apartments in Bushwick as "East Williamsburg").

    Ideally, we would like to live in Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Prospect area, or Park Slope. How is it like living there?

    I'll post other questions as they come to me, thanks for the help.
     
  2. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Well-Known Member

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    Could this perhaps be moved to a sub-forum where it might get more views and responses, such as General? Thanks.
     
  3. rapdancin

    rapdancin Well-Known Member

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    - for convenience, don't live past the morgan on the L or really like myrtle on the j. protip: the j is a workhorse of a train and never really goes down.
    - craigslist. if you're renting, invest in a broker.
    - yes.
    - if it's too good to be true, it almost definitely is. if it's not, someone else got there before you.
    - williamsburg = lots of fun, convenient to tons of good bars and restaurants. clinton hill = nice, especially right around pratt (inconvenient train access though). park slope is nice and has good train access. also prospect park is superior to central park.

    of your choices, i'd go for park slope. it really depends on where your every day schedule is taking you though, and your tolerance for commutes
     
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    I've heard a lot of good things about Bushwick. Only ever lived on the UWS though and go to Brooklyn rarely.
     
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    Reynard369 Well-Known Member

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    place(nice) and price(very nice.) location is suspect!
     
  7. Reynard369

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    That's what I'm trying to figure out. How bad is that area? Is there some sort of rule of thumb where you don't want to live past a certain area?
     
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    Don't be a pussy!
     
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    Right around the Wilson stop is sketch, but in that direction it turns more into a hispanic family area. Not saying it is a great area, and ideally you'd find something around the Morgan stop or closer, but there are college kids living out by Wilson too.

    You could look at Astoria, south slope, Harlem (stay west).
     
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    Will you have a chance to physically visit these places before you rent? It's a lot of work, but you'll at least know what you're paying $1k a month for.
     
  11. Reynard369

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    I will, but I'm trying to narrow down areas to focus on. I'm about 2 hours away, so I plan on checking out places in person, but hopefully set up a bunch over one or two days.
     
  12. Reynard369

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    Going to wander around Brooklyn and check out a few places this week. Any other helpful hints? There was a nice place I saw that's in a gated, entry-secured building in Crown Heights; is the area livable?
     
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    depends on where in crown heights.....
     
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    Park Slope 1-bedrooms average around 2k for Central/North Slope.
    3-bedrooms will be hard to find given limited availability in a predominantly Brownstone community. 2BR average around 2300-2400/month and 3BR are probably >2500-3000 depending on the locale and square footage/amenities.

    Cobble Hill, Boerem Hill, and Carroll Gardens will be similar in price to PS. You might want to try Clinton Hill and the area around Pratt. The prices are a bit lower, just watch out for NYCHA.
     
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    Pacific St. & Albany Ave


    Meaning what, exactly?
     
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    Don't do it! I'm black and grew up in that area. My family still lives over there. I live in California now, but whenever I go back home its always a site to see. While it definately isn't as bad as it was in the early 90's, I would say that it is not a god place for the vast majority of people who post on this site. To put it differently, I'd never move back to that area. Stick to Park Slopes, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg area's.

    Don't even bother visiting the place, but if you do, the hood chinese takeoutis pretty good.

    Pacific and Albany, lol. Thats where the crack heads used to live back in the day!
    Paul Roberson high school is on Albany and Dean st.
     
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    You're saying don't bother with any of Bushwick or Crown Heights?
     
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    MUCH better areas but MUCH more expensive...IF you can find a 3 br...
     
  19. Reynard369

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    How's Bedford Ave & Lenox Rd in the Prospect Park/Leffert Gardens area?
     
  20. rexthedestroyer

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    Man, after college I did a stint working for enterprise rent a car in downtown Brooklyn, and at the time I could tell you about every brooklyn neighnorhood. Sadly, that was 10 years ago, so my memories of the the borough is not what it used to be. Like mostly native brooklynites, outside of heading to "the city", we can only talk about a short radius around our block instead of the the entire borough. A GREAT site to go on if you are interested on specifics about brooklyn is the City Data forums.

    Some of the areas that you are mentioning are no place for "urban pioneers". Just visit the city, and check out these neighborhoods. If you have any doubts dont move there.

    WIth that in mind, anywhere near Prospect Park is relatively decent to very nice depending on if you are on the east side of the park or the west (west being preferable).

    PM if you have any additional questions.
     

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