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Old 07-15-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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I am moving to NY City for one year to start in Sept. I am late 40's Divorce two kids at University. My net is about $9k a month and will be working in the financial district. My question is about neighbourhoods etc. I am living in Canada and the taxes here are about the same which is a crime. I like to stay outside and do things in the park but wondering about locations for apartments until I decide if I want to buy. I spend 20 years commuting so Long Island and New Jersey etc are out of the question. I want to be close to work, in a safe doorman building with a decent view. Would you recommend Central Park area, or down by work. What are the subways like if I stay up by Central Park, in term of crowded, smelly etc. I am considering using an agent but want to know what I am talking about so as not to be screwed. What is there to do at nights and weekend in I stay buy MSG ( Rangers not Knicks).

I have only been 3 times to New York and stayed with wife in theatre district, just needed a midlife crisis move
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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Since you clearly have enough money for a nice apartment, choice of location is totally a matter of individual taste.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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I like to stay outside and do things in the park but wondering about locations for apartments until I decide if I want to buy. I spend 20 years commuting so Long Island and New Jersey etc are out of the question. I want to be close to work, in a safe doorman building with a decent view. Would you recommend Central Park area, or down by work.
I would probably suggest Battery Park aka BPC first. It checks all the boxes of being close to work, lots of relatively upscale and safe doorman buildings, and many with a view as well.

If BP doesn't seem large or outdoorsy enough, yeah you could live on the UES near CP. But you'd probably be want to close to 86th & Lex in order to catch the 4/5 express trains. Anything except the 86th and 59th st stops, you're looking at catching the 6 first and then changing, which is not a great thing for someone busy, time-sensitive and has a good budget. However, keep in mind living in the 80s on, say, Park ave will probably not get you a view of either the park or the river.

You'll probably find some fashionably hip people at work living in Soho/Tribeca but neither of those really has much outdoor space.

Get a Zipcar membership so you can escape the city at times and really enjoy the outdoors
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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thanks for the advice. Living in the 80's with the train descriptions is all ready giving me a headache. Soho doesn't sound what I am looking for. Battery park is down by Staten Island Ferry is I recall. I was only there a couple times and did sight seeing. I like the idea of running in the park or roller blading etc or just a walk, but was hoping for a nice view and just walk out of the apartment and real close.

I will probably need a broker, it just if she/he says a certain area and there is lots to do, I want to be able to see if they are honest. I was only really near Central Park, Theatre District and a walking by WTC ( 3 weeks beofre 9/11). And remember a clothing store than had really nice close at about the 1/3 or the cost as home, mostly suits for men, and I purchase a camel hair overcoat and loved it . Cost about $500 us at the time and near 1300 canadian. I also dont really understand the different code names for neighbourhoods. I know where the financial district is, soho, time square, central park and hells kitchen( someone told me its actually very nice in parts now)
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