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Old 07-20-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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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.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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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.
Check out Bayside in Queens.. 30 mins to Penn on the LIRR. Family Friendly like montclair, within school district 29, the best in the city. Also check out Douglaston Manor, and Just a little across the border in Great Neck Long Island... Anywhere on the LIRR Port Washington Branch, has towns that feel like Montclair, and are all centered around their respective train stations.

Good Luck!
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:07 PM
 
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Check out Bayside in Queens.. 30 mins to Penn on the LIRR. Family Friendly like montclair, within school district 29, the best in the city. Also check out Douglaston Manor, and Just a little across the border in Great Neck Long Island... Anywhere on the LIRR Port Washington Branch, has towns that feel like Montclair, and are all centered around their respective train stations.

Good Luck!
Thanks for these suggestions! I will definitely check them out.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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Is Penn Station or Grand Central more convenient for you?

If Grand Central, the river towns in Westchester (e.g Hastings, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow) are nice. The towns along the sound also (Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye).
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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Thanks for these suggestions! I will definitely check them out.
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.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Check out Bayside in Queens.. 30 mins to Penn on the LIRR. Family Friendly like montclair, within school district 29, the best in the city. Also check out Douglaston Manor, and Just a little across the border in Great Neck Long Island... Anywhere on the LIRR Port Washington Branch, has towns that feel like Montclair, and are all centered around their respective train stations.

Good Luck!
FYI - Bayside is in school district 26

Fresh Meadows and Auburndale (just to the west of Bayside) also have a suburban feel.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Right now I either come in on the Path/NY Subway or into Port Authority on the bus. But, as long as I'm living in a nice place, I'm willing to come into Penn or Grand Central. Thanks again for all the suggestions. Looks like we need to take a few more day trips to Westchester and LI.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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There were apps on some retirement sites that would allow you to compare neighborhoods. I think you would plug in a town and they would come up with towns of similar demographics. I can't find it, but these are tools on the net that could be helpful -

This will help you to compare Montclair with other cities and towns you name:
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New Jersey has some nice towns, but it's hard to find a way to sort them all out. I always thought Teaneck was nice and areas of Maplewood are lovely. Union, though I haven't been there for a long time. Bloomfield?

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Old 07-22-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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cambria heights, queens probably the most beautiful & quietest suburb in nyc. only problem, it lacks subway. your best bet is to take Q84 to Jamaica center E, J, Z station. you have castle hill, bronx especially south of norton ave. better access to subway than cambria heights take the Bx22 to CHA station 6 diamond it will take you about 30 min to get to midtown. but north bronx neighborhoods like eastchester, wakefield, woodlawn etc. can take you at least an hour to get to midtown. good luck!
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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cambria heights, queens probably the most beautiful & quietest suburb in nyc. only problem, it lacks subway. your best bet is to take Q84 to Jamaica center E, J, Z station. you have castle hill, bronx especially south of norton ave. better access to subway than cambria heights take the Bx22 to CHA station 6 diamond it will take you about 30 min to get to midtown. but north bronx neighborhoods like eastchester, wakefield, woodlawn etc. can take you at least an hour to get to midtown. good luck!
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.

Cambria Heights is on the Q4 and X64. Q84 is Laurelton

Just sayin.....
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