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Old 07-10-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Default Queens neighborhoods

Hi everybody, I'm moving to NY in the next month or so, and hope that you guys can help me figure out some of the differences in neighborhoods.
The basics on my situation: late 20s, writer and tutor, finishing a PhD, white male, and have been living in urban areas for most of my life (DC, Boston, Oakland). I started out looking in Brooklyn, but the places in my price range (roughly $1k/mo, prefer a studio or 1br over roommates) were concentrated in Bushwick, or were a really long commute given that I'll be up at Columbia about once a week. So I started looking at Queens, and several places seem like a really good mix of easy transportation, food options, etc. I'm not so concerned with living in a trendy area, or having the hottest nightlife. I often write in cafes, value diverse areas and good cheap eats, and will have to make regular (but not daily) trips to Morningside Heights.

I know I'll have to check the neighborhoods out myself to get a feel for the area, but any quick comments about Astoria - Sunnyside - Woodside - JH? Those are the places that I'm leaning toward, but if there are good options that I'm overlooking, I'd love to hear those too!
Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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You've chosen a lot of the better areas; you might also consider Forest Hills, but it's definitely a longer commute.

But if you're going to be at Columbia, have you thought of Washington Heights or Inwood? You'll definitely have to make sure the block is decent (some aren't, some are great), but there may still be things in your price range, and the commute to Columbia would probably be fairly easy.

(Caveat: if you do decide to look into these areas, make sure you check out the status of the repairs on the 1 train, which is the line that runs between upper Manhattan and Columbia. They're slated to start a 2-year renovation of the stations on the line, and it's going to disrupt service. You can probably find details on the MTA site, or look for the article on the Manhattan Times website.)
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:21 PM
 
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I suggest you also consider Rego Park.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:36 PM
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You'd have an easier commute from the Northwest Bronx. You might find something in your range in Kingsbridge.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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As much as I like Rego Park, the commute to Columbia will be about an hour. Cafes are scarce in RP. Sunnyside sounds like the closest and easiest commute.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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You'd have an easier commute from the Northwest Bronx. You might find something in your range in Kingsbridge.
I think I agree with this, especially if getting to and from Columbia is an important factor.You should probably at least look parts of Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingsbridge Heights and Van Cortlandt Village.All are in The NW Bronx and on the 1 train and only 20 mins or so from Columbia.
The Hudson Heights area of upper Manhattan is also very nice.
There is a reason why all of the above neighborhoods are filled with Columbia faculty,staff and grad students.

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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Thanks all for the advice, esp. on neighborhoods in NW Bronx -- it's not an area that I'm familiar with, but now it's on the list of places to check out.
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