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Old 01-01-2017, 07:40 AM
 
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If you don't mind small, but within a reasonable proximity to other cities, Ithaca NY may be another place to consider. It has some of the things you are looking for(on a Finger Lake, a visible Black community, a cosmopolitan flair for its size, has an outdoorsy culture, a barbershop, etc).
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VUM6GiJT3aM

Mayor's Office | Ithaca, NY - Official Website

Superintendent's Office | Ithaca School District

Southside Looking for New Leader | Ithaca | ithaca.com
Ithaca's Southside Community Center hosts Kwanzaa celebration - The Ithaca Voice

https://m.facebook.com/SouthsideCCIthaca/

Greater Ithaca Activities Center | Ithaca, NY - Official Website

Co-founder of Ithaca (City is about 17% Asian)

Visit Ithaca, NY - Official Site for Ithaca, NY & Tompkins County

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvceuAgE9s

Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4ps4Xg5zzwY

Visit Stewart Park – Ithaca, NY USA | Friends of Stewart Park

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Old 01-01-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:08 PM
 
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If you don't mind small, but within a reasonable proximity to other cities, Ithaca NY may be another place to consider. It has some of the things you are looking for(on a Finger Lake, a visible Black community, a cosmopolitan flair for its size, has an outdoorsy culture, a barbershop, etc).
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VUM6GiJT3aM

Mayor's Office | Ithaca, NY - Official Website

Superintendent's Office | Ithaca School District

Southside Looking for New Leader | Ithaca | ithaca.com
Ithaca's Southside Community Center hosts Kwanzaa celebration - The Ithaca Voice

https://m.facebook.com/SouthsideCCIthaca/

Greater Ithaca Activities Center | Ithaca, NY - Official Website

Co-founder of Ithaca (City is about 17% Asian)

Visit Ithaca, NY - Official Site for Ithaca, NY & Tompkins County

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvceuAgE9s

Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4ps4Xg5zzwY

Visit Stewart Park – Ithaca, NY USA | Friends of Stewart Park
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I really liked your Rochester idea, and that upstate area as a whole has some nice scenery. Ithaca is pretty nice as well. Since you mentioned that area, I have had NY on the brain. My S.O. does not love NY, lived there for 10 years and had issues with the cleanliness of the city. Mostly the fact that there are no alleys and the trash is on the street. So unless I can find relatively clean area within NY, then I may consider Nyack. Does Tarrytown have a visible black community? My next options may be Stamford/Norwalk, but I have no experience with those areas. If anyone has live in Stamford or Norwalk, would be great to hear your critique.

The other city I am considering is Toronto, obviously that would involve paperwork and planning. Also, it appears to have gotten mixed reviews by the minority community. My really good friends love it there, but they cannot give me the perspective or review of the black professional scene. Thanks for all your posts, it has been great to have these places to look into.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:10 PM
 
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New Orleans?
I enjoy the NO thoroughly! I considered this, but I have heard that crime is still an issue and people don't exactly feel safe even in the best parts of the city. Katrina still lingers and race relations are not the best. Do you find this to be true or have you heard otherwise?
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:50 PM
 
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I really liked your Rochester idea, and that upstate area as a whole has some nice scenery. Ithaca is pretty nice as well. Since you mentioned that area, I have had NY on the brain. My S.O. does not love NY, lived there for 10 years and had issues with the cleanliness of the city. Mostly the fact that there are no alleys and the trash is on the street. So unless I can find relatively clean area within NY, then I may consider Nyack. Does Tarrytown have a visible black community? My next options may be Stamford/Norwalk, but I have no experience with those areas. If anyone has live in Stamford or Norwalk, would be great to hear your critique.

The other city I am considering is Toronto, obviously that would involve paperwork and planning. Also, it appears to have gotten mixed reviews by the minority community. My really good friends love it there, but they cannot give me the perspective or review of the black professional scene. Thanks for all your posts, it has been great to have these places to look into.
Actually, Ithaca is about an hour SW of Syracuse and about an hour and a half/2 hours SE of Rochester.

Yes, Tarrytown has a visible Black community, as do many other places in Westchester County(Mount Vernon, White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Peekskill, Pelham, Tuckahoe, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, etc).

Nyack is nice and is a very diverse small community with a very urban look/feel.

I dare say that even Syracuse's East Side(east of Syracuse University and around/south of East Genesee Street/Salt Springs Road) could be another option. I say that due to it being a side of town where a lot of the Black middle class in the city lives, it has the institutions(barber shop, cultural, etc), diverse places to eat, events due to proximity to colleges, but there is a blue collar side to the city as well. It is on Onondaga Lake, which has been getting cleaned up by Honeywell and has this nice park: Onondaga Lake Park Onondaga County Parks

Also, to be fair, what about the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of VA?

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Old 01-01-2017, 08:16 PM
 
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Out of the cities you mentioned, awesome suggestions by the way, which have the best and most vibrant downtown core? I am leaning toward a commuter town from NY, because I am city person.
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:05 AM
 
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Out of the cities you mentioned, awesome suggestions by the way, which have the best and most vibrant downtown core? I am leaning toward a commuter town from NY, because I am city person.
Personally, I like Nyack, but that's just me. New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and White Plains are big enough to where they have their own thing and may have areas that better suit you. I've heard good things about Mount Vernon's Fleetwood neighborhood in the NW part of the city and the area of the city around/north of the Cross County Expressway is middle class. Places like Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Peekskill are a part of the River Towns of Westchester County, which include Ossining, which also has a visible Black community(very good Girls HS Basketball program, btw). Ultimate Guide: Rivertowns - Westchester, NY

The New York Rivertowns Online | RivertownsGuide.com

That area is across the Hudson River from Nyack. To be honest, there are quite a few places in NY State that could or would work. I didn't even mention small places like Beacon and Hudson, both of which are Hudson River cities known lately for their arts/antiques scene and are about 20% Black. Hudson is south of Albany and Beacon is a little further north of the River Towns.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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Personally, I like Nyack, but that's just me. New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and White Plains are big enough to where they have their own thing and may have areas that better suit you. I've heard good things about Mount Vernon's Fleetwood neighborhood in the NW part of the city and the area of the city around/north of the Cross County Expressway is middle class. Places like Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Peekskill are a part of the River Towns of Westchester County, which include Ossining, which also has a visible Black community(very good Girls HS Basketball program, btw). Ultimate Guide: Rivertowns - Westchester, NY

The New York Rivertowns Online | RivertownsGuide.com

That area is across the Hudson River from Nyack. To be honest, there are quite a few places in NY State that could or would work. I didn't even mention small places like Beacon and Hudson, both of which are Hudson River cities known lately for their arts/antiques scene and are about 20% Black. Hudson is south of Albany and Beacon is a little further north of the River Towns.
Here is an article from the NY Times about this River Town community: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/re...s-mad-men.html

A couple of Peekskill articles: Peekskill: A Hudson River Town That

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/re...tle-urban.html

Ossining is about 15% Black and Peekskill is about 24% Black.

Some Nyack information: Visit Nyack, New York | One Visit Will Capture Your Heart.

Groups Trustees | Village of Nyack

Nyack is about 20-21% Black, with the village South Nyack at about 16-17% Black: Village of South Nyack | 282 South Broadway

Hudson info(about 20% Black): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/tr...-new-york.html

The Weekend Escape Plan - Hudson -- New York Magazines

Hudson, New York

Hudson, NY, Upstate's Downtown!

City Of Hudson: Homepage: [Digital Towpath]

Beacon info(about 19-20% Black): https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/r...scovered.html#

City of Beacon, New York

Beacon NY – Former Mill Town Built for Romance
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