Moving to Brooklyn

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

  1. rexthedestroyer

    rexthedestroyer Senior member

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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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    Reynard369 Senior member

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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...
     
  4. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Senior member

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

    rexthedestroyer Senior member

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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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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My girlfriend just moved off of the Bedford Nostrand stop on the G in Bed Stuy. I was worried about her living there, but it is actually pretty decent. New restaurants and bars and an easy commute to Billyburg and Manhattan. Maybe look there? Her rent is cheaper than my maintenance and utilities combined.
     
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    http://gothamist.com/2011/07/02/welcome_to_brooklyn_students_forced.php

    This sort of turned off a bunch of people to Bed-Stuy - there are like 4 cool restaurants on Bedford Ave, but really that is about it.

    It is a shame that the Trulia crime map doesn't have NYC/Brooklyn on it, but you could probably find something similar.

    You can definitely do Bushwick, but often Bushwick is being called "East Williamsburg" since they are trying to get more money out of those areas. Morgan stop is great - Roberta's is out there, there are a couple nice bars, some other decent restaurants, an organic grocer and a coffee shop - basically all the gentrification accoutrements.


    Randomly looking: http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/abo/2653855453.html
    Loft space, spend some time divvying it up and you should be good to go in a decent area. My rec is just make super-tiny bedrooms that barely fit a bed and a large common area.
     
  8. cuponoodles

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    I currently live in a nice apartment in Park Slope (after some hard searching), and went through the entire search process (for a 1 BR in a shared space) about a year ago, so the searching process is still pretty fresh in my head.

    In terms of living space, it really depends what you want out of the city and what you're going to be doing/not doing in your living space. If your bedroom is going to be a place where you spend virtually no other time other than sleeping, then the location doesn't factor into it all that much. In terms of what you're looking for versus a desirable price point, it's nigh impossible to find a great apartment in a great neighborhood for a great price. You can usually find two out of three with some effort, but all things considered you'd be a lucky guy to find a match with all three (although they are out there). In terms of pure neighborhood zest, you already hit the places you would most want to live. Park Slope, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Cobble/Boerum Hill, and areas of Fort Greene or Clinton Hill are really the places you want to be looking. If you ask me, it's really all about the neighborhood. I'd much rather live in a shitty or small place in a great neighborhood (with great train access - more important than you might think) than vice-versa. But again, having said all that, it's still going to be tough to find even a tolerable place for much around $2000/month.

    In terms of places to live, I've found that Craigslist is not as sketchy as its reputation lends itself too. I've met plenty of affable and nice roommates and potential roommates through this, but there are a few other sites around if you're interested. Contrary to the above poster, I wouldn't really recommend a realtor, unless you really can't get into the city at all (and obviously you should never, ever commit to a place before getting a great look at the place, building, and neighborhood). Happy searching!
     
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    Good pts^^. But as stated...a 3br in those locations is gonna be tough. I live in Boerum Hill and have lived in Ft Green for 8 yrs and know the market. Good luck! Also, use craigslist. You can get lucky. But you also have to be ready to move quickly. Last pt: have you paperwork and the papwrwk of your roomies when you go to see every place. That shows you are serious: pay stubs/tax doc/utility bill/references/etc.
     
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    What do I need a utility bill for?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If the landlord is covering gas, electric, water, etc they want to see what you are likely going to cost them and possibly adjust rent or refuse you for somebody who is cheaper.
     
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    I sure as fuck hope that that location is suspect--I sure as hell couldn't get a 3br that nice in chicago for that price...I'm looking for a 1br and that sounds about right for that apartment if you chopped one of the bedrooms off (unfortunately that is still way outside my budget).
     
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    Ill tell you for sure that this place is tiny. The photos were taken with a wide lens camera, which is a customary practice with Realtors, especially in that area. I went through this process last year, and looked at a few places around "E. Williamsburg" and they were all the same; renovated, stainless steal app, exposed brick and the pictures looked great. When I came for a visit, the apts were insanely small. The "3BR" were really closets and divided rooms. Dont let the pretty images blind you.
     
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    It is odd that my company blocks craigslist on our computers, but not ebay.
     
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    Mine too! I'm going to need to search for an apartment in the coming months...argh!
     

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