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Old 07-19-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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Hey all,

I'm going to NYC next week for a few days to apartment hunt. I'm not looking in Manhattan because it's just too expensive. Can anyone give me some advice on what neighborhoods to check out? I will be checking out Astoria (from what I've researched I love what this place has to offer in terms of night life/restaurants/closeness to midtown) but am open to other suggestions.

Places I'm open to:

-Brooklyn
-Queens
-The Bronx

Important to me & other info:

-Within a 30 minute subway ride to midtown (would be ideal)
-Safe neighborhood
-Will live with other people to make the place more affordable
-Would love to live in an area where I don't necessarily have to go to Manhattan to have fun all the time (not a huge partier, but I like going out for drinks and dancing, going to restaurants and any fun events really--pretty easy going here)
-I'm a 22 year old female, so I would love to be in a neighborhood with people close (ish) in age to me
-I won't have a car, so the easier access to public transit I have, the better

Thanks guys
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Queens: Forest Hills. There are plenty of young professionals living there, and you can easily afford a very nice 2-3 bedroom apartment with a roommate. The area has a lot of cute local shops and only a 30-45 min subway trip into midtown.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: NYC
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For what you're looking for, Astoria probably is your best bet. I'm not sure what your budget is, as the rents in Astoria have risen, but I still know some people who've managed to find good deals.

Asides from Astoria, check out Sunnyside. It's right next to the 7 and will have you in Midtown in 20 minutes. There have been more options springing up as far as nightlife goes as well.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I keep suggesting Sunnyside, even though my apartment is in the Upper East Side. Sunnyside is affordable, has good buildings, and a nice vibe. It reminds me of the old neighborhoods that Jane Jacobs described in her classic book, but which have pretty much disappeared in Manhattan. However, I think the word is out: when I searched for an apartment in June, there simply were no suitable places available!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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I'll definitely check out Sunnyside and possibly Forest Hills as well...any others? Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Newark, NJ/NYC
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I'd check out Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Check out Bushwick just to annoy anon1.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Downtown Jersey City, near a PATH station.
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