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February 5, 2013

Michael asks…


I am currently a californian looking to make the big move to NY in a year or 2 for my graduate program.I need all the advice I can get as I would hate for this move to be a failure.
Anyone relocated and regretted it?? Anyone loved it??
I’m petrified as I hate failing. I am just your average 21 yr old girl. How is the job market for the health field? Best places to find cheap affordable apts? Should I bring along my car??
Any reasonable advice will do and I’ll appreciate it.
I love NY because of the vibe I get from d city plus it has always been a dream of mine to live there for at least a couple of years as a young’n.

Thanks ahead of time :)

Administrator answers:

I have lived in the city all my life. Then i went to buffalo for college and now i’m back in the city. What i mean is i absolutely love the city. If you do eventually move here, you will find that nyc has got to be the most diverse and busy city in the US. Aside from the cliche well known tourist areas such as times square etc, the city is full of charming gems, such as union square, madison square park etc.

It can be scary at first for a 21 year old cali girl to move to the city. Since you’re from cali i will assume you are laid back. New yorkers on the other hand can be friendly but laid back they are not. An average new yorker walks about 3 times faster than people from other states. When you get here, you’ll see that the streets are filled with new yorkers rushing to get to places and everything is very fast pace.

I think you will enjoy it here. DO NOT bring your car. Nyc is known for its elaborate subway system so there is no need to drive. Besides, parking in the city is hell, so don’t even bother.

If you want to live on manhattan you can probably find cheap apartments in harlem or washington heights, although those neighborhoods can be questionable and i would not recommend those neighborhoods to a newcomer. Anywhere else on manhattan iw wayyy overpriced and will probabaly cost you an arm and a leg.

For low cheap affordable housing, look into the outer boroughs.

Brooklyn (higher price housing, up and coming neighborhoods, wealthy family residents, low crime)
1. Park slope
2. Dumbo/brooklyn heights
3. Carroll gardens

brooklyn (decent price housing, suburban quiet low crime neighborhoods)
1. Bay ridge
2. Bensonhurst
3. Dyker heights

brooklyn (low cost housing, up and coming neighborhood, artists, hippies etc. Crime rate is questionable)
1. Williamsburg

these brooklyn locations are mostly less than 30 minutes commute to the city by subway. Queens is also a good option

queens: (good neighborhoods with the less travel time to the city)
1. Astoria
2. Rego park

there are also other good queens neighborhood but queens can be very far from the city.

Forget about looking for housing in the bronx, especially south bronx. That place is no joke, gang ridden and dangerous.

William asks…

moving to new york city! .?

im moving to nyc . . . does anyone know any safe & inexpensive neighborhoods?
& before i move i want to have a job lined up . i`ve already started looking . . . any suggestions ?

Administrator answers:

For job listings, the NY Times is the main source. The Daily News lists some, and Newsday is good for jobs outside Manhattan. (all 3 have on line versions)
For neighborhoods, here are some, arranged by borough:
Manhattan–if you are under 25, check Morningside Heights, which is predominently a college area. Otherwise, Manhattan has nothing affordable except Inwood at the north end of the island.
Bronx–Kingsbridge is a bit gritty, but had its points, including convenient run on the IRT subway to lower Manhattan. Otherwise Parkchester.
Brooklyn–Flatbush is interesting and has restaurants of many nationalities. While buildings tend to be older, they also tend to be affordable, and not too bad a subway ride to Manhattan. Otherwise Sheepshead Bay or Marine Park.
Queens–any community along the #7 IRT is a good choice. Otherwise Yellowstone.
Staten Island–few apartments, but a nice boat ride to work in Manhattan. Avoid Jersey Street and Mariners Harbor.

Ruth asks…

How is life in new york?

So hi , I am 19 years old , mother of two girls & I currently live in San Antonio, TX. Well for the past year or so , I have been planning on relocating. I’ve decided on NY. But my question here is , wht city is the cheapest as far as apartments ? Is it Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens ? Here in SA , its been known to be inexpensive. It also can be scary , especially on my side of town which is the west side & full of drugs, homeless people, prostitutes & violence. I’m not looking to live all lavish like in Times Square or Broadway , I can start of small. How is life in NY? Wht can I expect from living there ? Especially since it will jst be me & my daughters.

Administrator answers:

My friend, living in NYC is tough and expensive, but its enjoyable. There is no other city in the world that can top New York City, with its nightlife, its energy and its fame as the Capital of the World.

New York City may be expensive to live but, there are affordable place to live, mostly in the outer borough (The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island). Manhattan is too expensive for even me, a native, to live there. You’ll find better bargains outside Manhattan and you can still commute to and from Manhattan.

Speaking of commuting, New York City has one of the most extensive public transit systems in the world. The New York City Subway System is one of the largest subway systems in the world with over 700 miles of tracks covering the four out of five boroughs of New York City. It is the only subway system in the world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Long Island Railroad, one of the nation’s oldest railroads that still has its original name, connect the NYC with Long Island, bring million of commuters from the eastern suburbs into the city daily.

When you hear the name Grand Central Terminal, you think of the the days when the nation was moved by rail. Well today, the GCT is home to Metro-North Railroad, which operates train from this fame rail hub to the Hudson Valley, the northern suburbs and Connecticut.

Other form of transportation operates to and from New York City, they included The PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and both national and regional buses departing from and arriving to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. There also three airport (Newark, LGA and JFK), as well as an extensive ferry system that include the Staten Island Ferry. So there is definitely no way you’ll need a car to get around New York City.

Crime in New York City. My friend, what you see in TV and movies is just that, the mind of a Hollywood producer. As a native, born and raised, I’ve seen the crime rate in NYC drop in the last 15 years to its lowest level since 1963, and I hope it will continue that way for a long time to come.

New York City’s weather is the same as in Chicago, Boston or Toronto, Canada. Cold in the winter, hot in the summer and cool and breezy weather in the fall and spring.

Telling you about New York City is one thing, but visiting the city that’s home to 8.5 million people is another. I would suggest you come to NYC for a visit and see how it is. You can experience the city, the way you will like to see it first hand, not what the mind of a Hollywood producer will want you to think.

I hope this information is very helpful.

Good luck

Richard asks…

Fitting Brooklyn neighborhood for a Danbury, CT woman?

I’m from Danbury, CT…one of the most diverse towns/cities in Connecticut. I love New York, I love music (especially [real] Hip Hop and its culture), I love art and literature, and I do love Danbury (it took me years to realize this). Although I ultimately wouldn’t mind staying in Danbury, I’m adventurous and an open-minded individual, interested in experiencing/living in new surroundings. I’ve dreamed of living in Manhattan since I was younger but soon realized that wouldn’t fit into my budget at my current age of 18. I’ve searched for other boroughs that could fit into my reasonable criteria (I visited the Bronx and loved it, although I could tell I wouldn’t necessarily feel completely comfortable there). I don’t remember exactly how, but I became interested in Brooklyn and remembered that a lot of the music I appreciate and love has come out of there. I also heard that it harbors a lot of creative, avant-garde, and artistic (musically and literature-wise) individuals…I guess most would consider them hipsters, and I know that is definitely the scene I am looking for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some sheltered, oblivious person; I know there’s “bad” parts of Brooklyn and understand the dangers of being in a neighborhood that’s “not yours,” but that honestly doesn’t phase me. With this said, my question for those who actually KNOW Brooklyn and at least have a general (and accurate) idea of Danbury, CT is: What neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY would be most suitable for an 18-year-old, mixed (Jamaican, German, Italian), creative, music and literature-loving, female with a middle-class budget?

Administrator answers:

I grew up in CT and have been living in Brooklyn since I was 19. I was only in Danbury twice as a teenager and I have a rough idea of what it’s like.

I don’t know what part of the Bronx you were in but if you knew you wouldn’t feel totally comfortable there, that rules out a few neighborhoods in Brooklyn (the ones that most everyone agrees are really dangerous).

When I moved to Brooklyn 13 years ago, I found a cheap place on the south side of Williamsburg. I guess I was a ‘hipster’ since I was young, in art school and big into the underground music scene. At the time, my neighborhood was still a pretty rough lower income area and there was a huge drug problem. It was predominantly Hispanic to the point that there was only one other white person in my building of 32 apartments. Over the years, that’s changed dramatically. Though it’s still heavily Hispanic, almost half the people in my building are now what you’d call hipsters or yuppies. 2 bedroom apartments in my building are now going for $1500/month (I got mine for $750 in 1997). This is still considered to be the cheaper part of Williamsburg.

When Williamsburg started to get expensive, a lot of people moved to Greenpoint. Those two neighborhoods are basically the same at this point. People who were priced out of those areas moved to Bushwick. Now that apartments aren’t super cheap there anymore, they go even further into Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. Those are all neighborhoods that a lot of people think of as ‘dangerous’ but they aren’t as bad as they were years ago. They even built a bunch of luxury condos directly across the street from the projects in Bushwick. Park Slope used to be somewhat affordable and ‘artsy’ but it’s expensive now. Red Hook had some amazing deals but it’s also more expensive now and a pain in the butt to get to unless you ride a bike everywhere.

The point is, you don’t really have much of a choice when you’re working with a middle class budget. You choose the safest place you can that you can afford. If Manhattan used to be a place you wanted to live in, I’m going to guess you’d prefer to be as close to Manhattan as possible. If that’s the case, you’d be looking for the same thing everyone else is looking for. A friend of mine who makes about $35,000+ a year was looking for an apartment a year ago. She preferred to live in Williamsburg but was able to find a place in Crown Heights right next to the subway stop so she took it. When the lease was up a few weeks ago, she had to move again and just took a place in Bed-Stuy.

At this point, it seems like people will live almost anywhere that they can afford. It’s just a matter of what you will put up with. Unfortunately, the prices seem to rise first before the area becomes considered ‘good’ in anticipation that it will become the next ‘cool’ neighborhood. So almost anything affordable is probably going to be in a questionable area. There are total crap parts of Bed-Stuy where you’d probably never live but you could get lucky and find a cheap place on a good block. I’d take a place like that as long as I didn’t have to walk down a bad block to get to the train.

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