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Old 07-18-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Aside from knowing I just want to leave Manhattan and rest of NYC, I don't even know where to start, so, please excuse me if my questions sound naive, vague, or just plain dumb.

Do you live in rental apartments (modern high-rise?) or condos?

I've never visited Hartford, CT before but it sounds appealing to me. I have seen pix of Hartford and I like the fact that it looks like a more approachable and livable city than Manhattan - without the uber tall, ugly, glassy towers. It seems like a smaller scale city without a lot of the hype.

I plan on taking a day trip to visit Hartford around August. I have no idea what of Hartford the bus is planning on making a stop in. Does anyone having any recommendations on where to eat or have a drink?
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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The majority of Hartford is rental apartments, but there are condos around the downtown area. If you’re looking for modern high rise, you’d want to check out Hartford 21. It’s a recently completed apartment tower downtown. For a good place to grab a drink check out the hartfordadvocate.com. It’s a weekly entertainment based newspaper.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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Park Place Towers may be another hi-rise to interest you. But keep in mind that most of Hartford city itself is pretty poor and run down, most professionals live in places like the adjacent city of West Hartford or more suburban areas (though they do live in these two towers and the parking, etc. is somewhat "gated"). West Hartford has a lot of rentals and condo type buildings though they generally are not as "hi-rise" and the two examples myself and the other responder gave.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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Hartford is nothing like Manhattan, you cannot even compare them. I'm not sure what pictures you were looking at but downtown is definitely uber ugly! Most people do NOT live there, they work there and live somewhere else. You can't live downtown and walk everywhere you need to go (like NYC), there isn't even a grocery store.

But if you're coming anyway check out the area around Bushnell Park, stop in at Dulce for happy hour, and have dinner at Trumbull Kitchen or Feng if you like sushi.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Hartford is not an ugly city. In fact, I have been told by out-of-towners that it is quite attractive. Much of Hartford residents live in lower scale housing like 2 or 3 family houses. There is large number of 6 plexes that are called "Perfect Sixes". There are some large towers that are mentioned but these are few. Downtown does lack some of the amenities that you may need like shopping and grocery stores but there is adequate bus service to shopping centers in adjacent communities for that. Most that live downtown do not seem tom ind since they live there because of access to many great restaurants. Jay
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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I think downtown Hartford is actually quite beautiful with a lot of varied architecture, but some of the parts outside of downtown look pretty ugly. But honestly, no uglier than the Bronx or parts of some other similar sized CT cities like Waterbury or New Haven outside of downtown, etc.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Hartford is not an ugly city. In fact, I have been told by out-of-towners that it is quite attractive. Much of Hartford residents live in lower scale housing like 2 or 3 family houses. There is large number of 6 plexes that are called "Perfect Sixes". There are some large towers that are mentioned but these are few. Downtown does lack some of the amenities that you may need like shopping and grocery stores but there is adequate bus service to shopping centers in adjacent communities for that. Most that live downtown do not seem tom ind since they live there because of access to many great restaurants. Jay
Jay, to be honest the word attractive is used in describing Hartford since downtown or the West End are what come to mind. There's some great architecture here, I agree. Unfortunately, Hartford lost MANY of its attractive, historic buildings in the 1950s and 60s thanks to highway construction and other "urban renewal" projects. These areas aside, the city overal doesn't strike me as attractive. Or safe for that matter. In fact, yet another homicide was reported in Hartford in (where else?) but the North End. People who find Hartford attractive probably haven't ventured down Albany Avenue lately or Main Street NORTH of downtown - and it's no coincidence that I-84 bisects that area, and when you north of the highway you enter into a whole different world. I'm not hating on Hartford, these are facts.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:59 AM
 
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Agreed, Hartford is nothing like Manhattan, but it is a very livable city, with good housing opportunities, a bit of culture, and more employment opportunities than many other places. It's also a place where one can get involved with their community and know your neighbors.
Plus, it's easy to get to NYC/Boston on the bus if you're right in town.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Western Mass
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I think downtown Hartford is actually quite beautiful with a lot of varied architecture, but some of the parts outside of downtown look pretty ugly. But honestly, no uglier than the Bronx or parts of some other similar sized CT cities like Waterbury or New Haven outside of downtown, etc.
I agree with you. We spent a lot of time at the Riverfront Recapture. I wish more people would take advantage of that.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Hartford is a vibrant city, despite its reputation. You just need to dig a bit to find it.
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