U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-22-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
2,646 posts, read 4,995,231 times
Reputation: 2263

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBoros View Post
Have you been to Montclair, NJ??

As much as I love the neighborhoods you've described.... If montclair is a 10, these neighborhoods are a 5 or 6.
Asking NY'ers to give a fair assessment of NJ will never, ever happen (Never, Ever). They'll recommend East New York over Alpine 99 times out of 100.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-22-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
4,085 posts, read 11,219,593 times
Reputation: 1940
Quote:
Originally Posted by helloworld201 View Post
So, I currently live in Jersey City, NJ. Just started a family, so I'm looking around for nice suburbs that have a decent commute to NYC, but that are a little cleaner, more family friendly, and slightly more affordable than JC. Doesn't need to be super close to Manhattan, but an hour or so commute to midtown Manhattan would be ideal. I work in midtown manhattan, for what it's worth. We make around 80k per year currently.

So far, I have visited Montclair, NJ, and that is at the top of my list as far as affordability, proximity to NYC, school system, decent downtown area, and diversity (the lowest priority on my list, but it's still on my list). Are there any other suburbs similar to Montclair in these respects? They do not need to be in NJ-- I'm willing to move to other states in the Tri-state area as well.
You could try Glen Ridge next door. It's not very diverse, though. Bloomfield has a cute downtown, but I'm not sure about schools. Maplewood might work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-23-2010, 07:26 AM
 
343 posts, read 895,661 times
Reputation: 240
Quote:
Originally Posted by openheads View Post
Asking NY'ers to give a fair assessment of NJ will never, ever happen (Never, Ever). They'll recommend East New York over Alpine 99 times out of 100.
LMAO...

Alpine is so pretty tho.... Talk about small town feel with a buncha rich people. I feel like im on an episode of desperate housewives when drive down closter dock rd.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-23-2010, 10:28 AM
 
11 posts, read 41,606 times
Reputation: 21
God, I have lived in JC and worked in Manhattan for about 7 years now, and I can't believe I don't know about most of these places. I have a day off of work today, so we're doing a Westchester day today. Will post my assessment soon!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-23-2010, 10:30 AM
 
343 posts, read 895,661 times
Reputation: 240
Quote:
Originally Posted by helloworld201 View Post
God, I have lived in JC and worked in Manhattan for about 7 years now, and I can't believe I don't know about most of these places. I have a day off of work today, so we're doing a Westchester day today. Will post my assessment soon!
Drive up 87, and check out eastern Yonkers, and bronxdale, tuckahoe etc.

also along the cross county on the way to mount vernon you may want to check out some of those hoods as well..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-23-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
12,411 posts, read 15,933,357 times
Reputation: 8722
Many Jersey towns, Montclair being one of them, have a variety of neighborhoods. Montclair has what can only be describes as estates. It also contains middle class homes and a few boarded up hovels.
They have, I heard, the best police force in NJ - because of all those gorgeous homes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-26-2010, 08:09 AM
 
4 posts, read 17,638 times
Reputation: 15
I grew up in Jersey City but now live in Glen Ridge and work in Montclair. Love it here ... my kids are doing well in the school system, have lots of activities, and what's great is the train takes you right into Penn Station. Send me a PM if you want more info.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-26-2010, 09:38 AM
 
11 posts, read 41,606 times
Reputation: 21
So, I know I said we were doing a Westchester day on Friday... and we had every intention of doing so, but... We went back to Montclair! Hung out at a restaurant and Starbucks on Bloomfield Ave... It was awesome. Sigh. I'm about 95% sure we're just going to go with Montclair. But, I am still thinking that keeping our options open would be prudent at this early stage!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-26-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
4,085 posts, read 11,219,593 times
Reputation: 1940
Quote:
Originally Posted by helloworld201 View Post
So, I know I said we were doing a Westchester day on Friday... and we had every intention of doing so, but... We went back to Montclair! Hung out at a restaurant and Starbucks on Bloomfield Ave... It was awesome. Sigh. I'm about 95% sure we're just going to go with Montclair. But, I am still thinking that keeping our options open would be prudent at this early stage!
Montclair is great. I stayed there with a friend there while I was scoping out neighborhoods and apartment hunting in the city. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The commute into Penn Station is 40-45 minutes. The only potential downside is the weekend schedule when the train doesn't run as frequently. Glen Ridge is very nice, too, though and merits a look. Good luck!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-26-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
2,954 posts, read 10,792,683 times
Reputation: 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBoros View Post
Also, note that within city borders if you are looking to purchase a house or a condo your taxes will be much lower than in Nassau (Long Island) or Westchester (Non-New York City) County.
But you would have to pay NYC income tax. If you have a high household income this could be worse. If your household income is not as high, you may save in NYC. But then you have to deal with NYC school bureaucracy, etc. Also, the commuter train in from some suburbs can be faster than the subway from the outer parts of the outer boros. I did it for years from Bay Ridge, it took me twice the time it took coworkers to get in from Pelham.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top