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November 27, 2012

Sandra asks…

Which town in NJ is the best place to live close to NYC?

I am planning on moving to NJ soon and I want to know where is the safest, cheapest place to move that will be a short commute to NYC. I cant afford a really expensive apartment so I need something reasonable but still in a safe area. I am a single female and don’t want to live anywhere too crazy. I can handle a little bit of crime but cant be in a town and be scared to leave the house.

Administrator answers:

If you want an easy commute, find someplace within walking distance of a PATH station. Unlike commuter trains, PATH is cheap and runs frequently, and unlike buses, it doesn’t get tied up in traffic. PATH has stops in Hoboken, Jersey City, Harrison and Newark. Hoboken is very pricey, so look in the other three. In Newark, the Ironbound section is close to the PATH station, safe and not too expensive. You could also look at neighborhood along the Newark Light Rail (subway). From Bloomfield Avenue to Grove Street, there are decent places to live. The light rail is also cheap, runs frequently, and connects directly with PATH.

I beg to differ with One K. I know the area very well. Newark, especially, has some terrible areas but also some nice ones. Because of people like One K, rents in Newark are half of what they would be in a town with a better reputation. Same for Harrison and Jersey City.

Maria asks…

What are some safe and affordable neighborhoods for female students in NYC area?

I am going to NYC next week with my daughter and her roommate-to-be to look for an apartment. They will be attending classes beginning in October in midtown Manhattan. Looking for something safe and affordable ($1800. per month or less) with easy access to transit. What areas would fit this criteria? Thanks!

Administrator answers:

The best place will be Midtown. Upper West Side is also a nice neighborhood. It’s quiet and there’s reliable transportation. About 10 minutes away from midtown by subway.

Have you also checked with the school? Because they usually have recommendations or have residence halls. They may have arrangements with apartment buildings for their students.

Cheaper apartments can be found in Astoria, Queens. It’s a few minutes away from midtown.

I heard Brooklyn is also nice and cheaper than Manhattan apartments.

This is where I got my first apartment:

http://www.studenthousing.org/

Check this out too:
http://www.nystudenthousing.com/home.html

Sandy asks…

What is the best way to deter rats from getting in my car without harming myself.?

The building where I live chooses to keep the buildings garbage outside. It happens to be connected to the building parking lot where I park my car. The rats go through the garbage and bring the good stuff up to my car where they can eat comfortably. I’ve found things like pizza crust, chicken bones, chinese ribs and rice and a bottle cap with a half smoked cigarette. I live in NYC and these are some tough rats. Putting poison around only makes me liable for possible damages. I dont know what else to do. The building mgmt. refuses to do anything about it. They told me to take them to court. I incurred thousands of dollars in bills in these last two years. I had to change my wires because they chewed through that and the continuous engine cleanings. Getting very expensive and I cant afford to move. Looking for Pied Piper. Help!

Administrator answers:

I assume its not your apartment. To sue then is useless, since you are not the owner. I bet, the owner does not care, but still I would tell him and complain every time I pay the rent.
Then….move out. Sure you can afford to move out.
Maybe you even find a cheaper place, without rats. Dont be lazy.

If its your apartment, then you are a part of the community, and paying partly to run the building. So you have more possibilities.
As the owner you can sue. But before that, you can call in a community meeting, tell announce the cause, and call for to move the garbage. Communities usually pay for professional ratkillers (dunno correct term)
Dont worry, rat poison will not harm you…..just dont pick it up and eat it, hehe.
I also had a rat problem in my apartment. I put poison, often, never harmed me.

Charles asks…

My 30th birthday is in Aug and I plan to visit NYC with about 7 girlfriends. Where do we stay?

We are not sure if we plan to arrive the 26th (night) or 27th (morning) and plan to depart the 29th. We will likely fly Southwest if it is cheapest. I have been there 1x and just toured the city for 1 day. I would like a safe, affordable, convenient location. Can you help me? Where should we stay?

Administrator answers:

If there are 7 or 8 of you, a hotel room(s) can get expensive. You’re better off renting an apartment. You can get a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment (some have pull out sofa beds in addition) by the night or week. You’ll save a lot of money and have more room plus a kitchen, utensils, etc.

Try craigslist first, but be careful. There are a lot of scams, especially those that seem too good to be true (like a lavish 2 bedroom for $100 a night). Don’t use Western Union! And don’t send a deposit until you do a google search of the address or renter’s name and email address. Http://newyork.craigslist.org/vac/

If you want to be safe and not worry about getting scammed on craigslist, then I’d highly recommend a reputable website like Hotel-Alternatives.com. You’ll have to pay tax like a hotel (like 14%), but these are apartments typically located in hotels, so you get the benefits of an apartment with the safety and service of a hotel. Http://www.hotel-alternatives.com

Good luck and Happy B-day!

Mark asks…

What neighborhood in NYC should a single, mid 20s, professional woman move to?

I am a young, single, professional, woman and will be moving to New York City from Colorado this fall. I will be working in Brooklyn but would like to live in Manhattan. I am guessing I would take the L to work so I was wondering which neighborhoods might be good for me to look for an apartment? I would like it to be young, vibrant, close to the L, and not overly, overly expensive. Which neighborhoods would be best and why?

Administrator answers:

Despite what other respondants to your question have suggested, there are people living in Manhattan who are neither rich nor homeless. The majority of Manhattanites fall into the inbetween category. And while it’s true that, on the average, Manhattan is a little more expensive than Brooklyn, there are parts of Brooklyn that are _much_ more expensive than some parts of Manhattan.

That said, Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, is your obvious choice. It’s Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhood and it’s very close (via the L) to Manhattan. It’s also a neighborhood “in transition”, which means that it used to be run-down but has recently become gentrified. For you, that’s good news. It means that you can choose between (on the one hand) newer, cleaner, more-elegant and more expensive housing and (on the other) buildings that are older and less expensive. All things considered, if I were you I’d look there first.

But I’d be remiss not to also mention Manhattan’s East Village. It’s cheap, it’s trendy, it’s one stop from Brooklyn on the L, and it’s closer than Brooklyn to Manhattan’s inexpensive cultural attractions (such as Off Broadway theater and museums) and to its nightlife.

Finally, don’t forget that your new job in Brooklyn may not be the one you retire from. If your next job is in Manhattan, are you going to want to move just because you changed jobs?

Sharon asks…

How do I find an apartment in NYC if I’m moving from Texas?

My wife and I are looking to move to NYC after I graduate in May. I’m and Electrical Engineering major. If I’m looking at (single income family) $50K-$70K starting salary:
What would be a reasonable price for an apartment?
What part of the city should I look in?
How do I procure an apartment without ever seeing it?
Should we bring all of our furniture?

Administrator answers:

Don’t look in Manhattan , try Brooklyn or Queens . A decent apartment might run from $ 1200 to $ 3000 . Look in areas that are further from Manhattan . Get a good realtor and tell them what you need . Don’t bring your furniture sell it and buy when you find an apartment , it is cheaper .

Lizzie asks…

How can I find Renters rights in NYC?

My landlord is witholding $600 for “repairs” to my apartment . The only damage was some nail holes (from hanging things on the wall) and he had to repaint, but I lived there 2 1/2 years. Doesn’t this fall under “normal wear and tear?”

Administrator answers:

I also live in NYC…if the nail holes are not numerous/excessive they can be considered “normal wear/tear”. Check this out so you can have an idea of what “normal wear/tear” constitutes: http://www.allbusiness.com/legal/contracts-agreements-real-estate/4110-1.html

If I were you, I would fill those holes. All you need is a small amount of all purpose joint compound. You can find it at Home Depot or Lowes. They even come in small tubes with a sponge on the tip for those that haven’t used compound before. Filling in holes doesn’t cost $600. As a Landlord he was going to repaint anyway. If this is the only damage you say there is, then it isnt reasonable to withhold the deposit.

In the past, when I moved out of my apartment I bought some cheap white paint and repainted just to make sure the Landlord wouldn’t have any excuses. Total cost was about $25 and some time.

Check out these websites so you can get a clear idea of what your tenant rights in NYC are:

http://tenant-adviceandalert.com/site_map.htm

http://www.housingnyc.com/html/resources/dhcr/dhcr9.html

Take photographs of how you left the apartment and the alleged “damage”, these are top evidence in small claims court.

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