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Old 07-09-2010, 08:06 PM
 
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My husband and I are hoping to leave beautiful Fort Green to live somewhere within an hour commute to NYC. I grew up in Woodstock and would like to find a town with an artsy/hippy feel that is close to the city and not crazy expensive. Does such a place exist? We are also planning to have a family soon and want to live somewhere with good schools and nature/beaches nearby. Any help would be so appreciated.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:11 AM
 
Location: NY,NY
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Well, you might find it interesting that many of the original gentrifiers/urban pioneers moved on from Park Slope, Fort Greene, etc. to places like Nyack, NY and/or Maplewood/South Orange, NJ. Not cheap, but if you can afford to buy in Ft. Greene you can afford those towns.
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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So you want a "Woodstock" at half the commute time. Who wouldn't?
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Pkwy (da Bronx)
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Nyack definitely comes to mind, but as jcoltrane has said, it's not cheap. I was there once for day trip. I always wanted to return.

I will keep my eye on this thread. I hope folks offer more suggestions. I love working and playing in NYC, but ultimately my goal is to live just outside in a more peaceful, laid-back and, yes, "hippy" environment.

Best of luck
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The problem with Nyack is the commute, since it's easily an hour and a half to Manhattan, no matter which way you travel: bus, train to GCT (TapanzeExpress bus to Tarrytown station), or train to Penn (through NJ - transfer at Secaucus).

In Westchester, I would look to Hastings-on-Hudson, that is a small community, but has some hippie elements to it. There are some with a few dollars in Hastings, but it's not into the leagues of super wealth as other villages in Westchester. You would have a good school district, and be under an hour to GCT.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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In Westchester, I would look to Hastings-on-Hudson, that is a small community, but has some hippie elements to it.
Hippie is a stretch but near NYC it's hard. The other town that comes to mind is Cold Spring, but that's farther than Nyack by quite a bit even though it's on the east side of the Hudson.

Maplewood is very nice. It gets a lot of young Slope parents but I don't know about artsy or hippie.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:24 AM
 
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Hippie is a stretch but near NYC it's hard. The other town that comes to mind is Cold Spring, but that's farther than Nyack by quite a bit even though it's on the east side of the Hudson.

Maplewood is very nice. It gets a lot of young Slope parents but I don't know about artsy or hippie.
True, but Hastings is about as bohemian/artsy as you can find in Westchester with good schools. If schools were not an issue, Peekskill might also be a consideration.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:09 AM
 
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The problem with Nyack is the commute, since it's easily an hour and a half to Manhattan, no matter which way you travel: bus, train to GCT (TapanzeExpress bus to Tarrytown station), or train to Penn (through NJ - transfer at Secaucus).

In Westchester, I would look to Hastings-on-Hudson, that is a small community, but has some hippie elements to it. There are some with a few dollars in Hastings, but it's not into the leagues of super wealth as other villages in Westchester. You would have a good school district, and be under an hour to GCT.
Oh no, I'd have to strongly disagree. I worked in Hastings-on-Hudson for many years and don't find it remotely hippy. Not one tiny bit.

Maybe Beacon.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/ny...29Rtownwe.html
I haven't been there. It seems pretty far away though.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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All of the hip/quasi-hippy people I know who moved upstate live near Woodstock: Saugerties, Kingston, New Paltz, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Hudson. I'm sure if there were something affordable closer to the city they would have moved there, but there isn't. One-hour is well within commuting range for bankers and attorneys and all of those towns have become very expensive.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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yup, you'd have to go north to the Albany/Troy area, Northeast to New England or southwest to New Hope/Lambertville NJ

i don't consider Montclair NJ to be all that hippy
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