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Old 07-19-2010, 02:39 AM
 
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Hello i am currently living in reno,nevada and i would LOVE to move to Brooklyn. I've been reading ALOT about the different areas. Race, education, economy, etc

I am looking for a majority white populated area however with MANY smaller minority groups because i like seeing different cultures however i like to feel like I "Fit" in and not feel like an outcast due to race. I see that Bay ridge has this.

I Also see that Bay Ridge is relatively cheap for apartment rent. I currently pay $900 for a town house in northern reno, but i see bay ridge is about 400 dollars more(which isnt too bad given the city) .

I would like to know more about the public education in this area or around near by neighborhoods.

Also how is the economy ? Jobs? average cost of living for 2 adults?

How would you compare Greenpoint to bayridge in these aspects?

please can anyone give me real experience rather than website style information? thanks

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Old 07-19-2010, 04:49 AM
 
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Bay Ridge is not "white" in the way you are used to it. It is an ethnic Italian/Arab/Irish area and not the WASP American whiteness of Reno. It is a completely different culture. You will need to adjust.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Ditto for Greenpoint - meaning, not "white" as in "suburban white" - lots of Polish, Italian, and some Hispanic/Latino. And hipsters.

OP, have you been to NYC? I know it might not be cheap, but before considering such a huge move, I think you'd really have to come an see/feel it for yourself - I can guarantee it's a massive difference from Reno on almost every level. Or maybe you're just at the "fantasizing about it" stage.

In terms of employment, I think (and I'm just guessing) that a large percentage of people in both neighborhoods (save for the really old-timers) commute into Manhattan to work. It all depends on what type of work you're looking for.

Also, by "public education," do you mean for (future) children? If so, you could probably find some parents' groups on Google that discuss this. If you mean higher ed, then you should check out the CUNY website (City University of New York); closest to Bay Ridge would probably be Brooklyn College or Kingsborough Community College.

Both Bay Ridge and Greenpoint have a lot of positive features - but again, both are going to be far different than Reno.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Thats why i said majority white with different ethnic groups...and reno isnt white. Especially my area. In my area its almost all hispanic. I will adjust fine
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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I also recommend a visit. I can't imagine anyone wanting to move here without every visiting - unless it's a temporary move or unless you already have the job offer.

$1200 in Bay Ridge gets you a small one bedroom apartment iin an older building. It's not comparable to a town house.

Greenpoint and bay Ridge are extremely different. Greenpoint is more hipster-oriented with the spillover from Williamsburg and the many work spaces for artists. Bay Ridge is more old school and removed from Manhattan.

My friend just moved to Greenpoint and found an apartment for $1250. The thing is that it overlooks a street with noisy buses and can't be more than about 300 sq feet for the entire apartment (if that). No laundry in the building.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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Thats why i said majority white with different ethnic groups...and reno isnt white. Especially my area. In my area its almost all hispanic. I will adjust fine
OK, I was just trying to offer some context - different people have different expectations regarding what constitutes ethnic/racial diversity or homogeneity. Thing is, in NYC, almost all neighborhoods are fairly homogenous - yes, there are neighborhood that are largely Haitian or Dominican or Italian or Hasidic or Korean or Russian, but from my experience it's hard to feel completely "out of place" based solely on one's race/ethnicity/religion.

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$1200 in Bay Ridge gets you a small one bedroom apartment iin an older building. It's not comparable to a town house.
Exactly. Not to suggest that the OP doesn't know this - I don't know whether s/he does or not - but the housing stock in NYC, at the lower end of the price range, is not comparable to those at the same price point in other areas of the country.

You might also consider Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, or Midwood (and the sub-area known - recently - as "Madison") - the first three are largely Russian/Italian/Chinese, the latter Russian/Jewish.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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Ive been to NYC a few times but never brooklyn, only manhattan and queens. Also thanks for reassuring me. I love multiple cultures i am not racist, but it just makes sense being around more of people who look like you.. Also Ive check into sheepshead bay. It looks beautiful, but as for midwood, it looks pricey. i have no problems with the jews even though (as previous post i am indeed a "wasp")
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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Ive been to NYC a few times but never brooklyn, only manhattan and queens. Also thanks for reassuring me. I love multiple cultures i am not racist, but it just makes sense being around more of people who look like you.. Also Ive check into sheepshead bay. It looks beautiful, but as for midwood, it looks pricey. i have no problems with the jews even though (as previous post i am indeed a "wasp")
Most of brooklyn is fine. Bay Ridge isnt all white like it used to be a lot of asian live there. Crime isnt a problem in bay ridge you should be fine there.
Is ried popular in nv? Do you think he is going to get reelected?
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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No reid isnt very popular. We hate him. infact im a republican so i care less. But people are mixed about the race because Angle is very far right(nevada is a republican state but not SUPER right) and reid has abandoned us
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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Thing is, in NYC, almost all neighborhoods are fairly homogenous - yes, there are neighborhood that are largely Haitian or Dominican or Italian or Hasidic or Korean or Russian, but from my experience it's hard to feel completely "out of place" based solely on one's race/ethnicity/religion.
You meant heterogenous, no?
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