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Old 07-27-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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If you are looking for a slice of suburban Atlanta (for example), no you won't get it in the Bronx or NYC for that matter ( well maybe a small slice of it, but nothing you would afford). This isn't the south or the midwest, so you should not expect it to be. However, if you are looking for a similar housing option, which includes a single family/multifamily home, with garage parking, backyard, green grass, terrace, tree lined street, etc, then yes, you will find that in much of the Bronx, including the Southern Bronx at very affordable prices. And with the Southern Bronx, you will also be close to the city!
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Just for the record, you can live in NYC and have a backyard, garden, birds, fruit trees, bbqs, a garage, etc...and affordably at that. You won't get it in Manhattan, but you will in the outerboroughs, especially the Bronx, Southern Bronx included. There are quite a few new/newer construction homes that are suburban style and would meet your criteria. You should educate yourself about what is available in NYC before you make the move to "greener" pastures.
Same in Queens, plus we have older housing stock that's stood the test of time. It's beautiful and more affordable than you would ever imagine. If you don't like the NYCDOE, go private. The middle school years are probably toughest. Many of the public elementary schools are doing a good job and there's a good selection of public specialized high schools.

It's sad that folks are sleeping on some of the nicest parts of the city because even if they're safe, with beautiful homes, and are comprised of solidly middle class professionals, white people (for the most part) won't live there if said residents are brown and black. The commutes aren't even long when you consider the express bus options, the LIRR and Metro-North. It's lovely if you don't work in Manhattan (my mom worked in a neighborhood school and dad close enough to take the bus or drive).

Being black and middle class, I don't think there's anything scary about me or my friends/family. Maybe it's the fear of being one of few. As a "minority" I don't understand that fear either since, for me, that's everyday life. I've also been the only one on many occasions. People may stare and say rude things sometimes (like "who do you take care of?" when they think I'm someone's home attendant) but I've gotten past worrying about what people think.

Before you leave here completely, why not take a chance on something different? I don't think it's worth pulling up stakes for the 'burbs or out-of-state if you really like the city. There are other options.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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I simply don't like living here. I've been here for 2 years now, which granted, is not an extensive amount of time but long enough for me to fairly say if I like it or not.

I don't like the constant struggle to keep up everybody else. I'm a more relaxed personality. I'm more at home in a small bar that is half empty, not a bumping club where people can hardly hear each other talk. I work to live and I feel like in order to be truly happy in NYC, you need to have the live-to-work mentality.

I also put great value in politeness and I feel that respect is given, not earned. These are values that the majority of NYC'ers don't value, at least in my experience.

I also don't like the fact that everyone is so eager to make a massive first impression all of the time. It makes dating very hard for someone like myself. I prefer the gradual approach.


Basically, I think if you are the relaxed type you shouldn't even consider living in NYC. Go out west or move to Europe.
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