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Old 10-12-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Mt. Vernon, NY
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Hello everyone, I'm new on here and this is my first posting. I've lurked on City-Data for a while, but now I've come here looking for some advice.

I'm looking at moving to Queens with a few friends within the next few weeks. I was born and raised in Westchester and never lived in any of the boroughs. I really like parts of Brooklyn as well, but the commute from Brooklyn to Westchester for work would be a huge pain (I'm a recent college graduate looking for work in the city, so my job in Westchester is temporary).

While my sister was in law school she lived in Fresh Meadows, but I don't want to be that deep into Queens. I'd prefer a shorter commute into the city and an easier drive to Westchester. We've been considering neighborhoods like Astoria, Sunnyside, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Elmhurst. Can any locals give me some more advice on conveniently located neighborhoods that are also fairly safe? We're not looking for the most ravenous nightlife or the most action; we want something that gives us easy access to public transit (one roommate goes to Fordham University and the other will be working in Mantahhan most likely) and also provides me with easy highway access to get up to Westchester for work (and to see my family who all live in Southern Westchester). Any advice/input on Queens neighborhoods is welcomed!

My daily commute would involve either the Triboro Bridge (RFK) or the Whitestone Bridge depending on which route I take and where in Queens I move to. Do any locals have a good route to avoid the bridge toll in at least one direction. I have a friend in the Bronx who manages to avoid the toll, but I'm not quite sure how he does it. If it's feasible, I'd probably like to bypass the toll on my way home from work.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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If the commute (Triborough) and Queens is writ in stone, then it seems Astoria is a good bet for you.
But if you're commute to Westchester is going to be short term, why not let your roommates select based on their destinations. After you get a permanent position then you can redo the thinking.

For YOU, it sounds like Riverdale or anywhwere in the most Northern parts of the Bronx (Parkchester? Pelham?) would be ideal. But then why not just live in Westchester and save on the City Income Tax.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Mt. Vernon, NY
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If the commute (Triborough) and Queens is writ in stone, then it seems Astoria is a good bet for you.
But if you're commute to Westchester is going to be short term, why not let your roommates select based on their destinations. After you get a permanent position then you can redo the thinking.

For YOU, it sounds like Riverdale or anywhwere in the most Northern parts of the Bronx (Parkchester? Pelham?) would be ideal. But then why not just live in Westchester and save on the City Income Tax.
One of our roommates is moving to New York from out of state, so that puts some pressure on us to move in sooner. I'll be keeping my Westchester address, so I won't need to worry about paying NYC income tax. My permanent address is my parents' house in Westchester, and I plan on keeping that.

I like parts of the North Bronx/Lower Westchester for commuting reasons as well, but I don't think that would work well for everyone. When I get a more permanent job I'll probably be in Manhattan, which makes the commute from Queens easier. With the way the job market is looking, I don't know how quickly I'll find something new. My job in Westchester used to be summer only -- when I was home from college I'd work here, but because I graduated it's become a full time thing until I find something "real" in my field. This job is also very secure, it is impossible for me to lose it which is really nice and guarantees me financial security to move out of my parents' house, haha.

Ideally I'd stay in Westchester until I find a job in Manhattan, but because our roommate with a time pressure to move, I've been forced to look at places sooner. I don't mind the commute from Queens, I'm just trying to figure out what is the most doable for me, but still convenient for everyone else. I have a co-worker who lived in Kew Gardens, and he said without traffic his commute was a smooth 30 minutes. My current commute from where I live in Westchester to where I work in Westchester is already 25 minutes with all the red lights and small town traffic (I take no highways to work now).
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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I think Rego Park & Forest Hills are good options.
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