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Old 02-09-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Why do you have to live in Greenwich Village?
Don't necessarily "have" to. Just seems from afar like the most appealing part of the city to me. Once I actually visit there I can confirm this or change my mind
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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Figure out your school first, then decide where to live. I had a friend who lived in Sunnyside, Queens and taught in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her commute was a nightmare because she had to go through Manhattan. The crowds weren't the problem, it was just very long.

Also, most teachers have to be at school so early they they miss the real crush. Manhattan offices open late, especially compared with the West Coast. Many start at 9:00. Law firms usually open at 9:30 and many attorneys don't arrive until 10:00.

I don't think crowds will be your problem.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Figure out your school first, then decide where to live. I had a friend who lived in Sunnyside, Queens and taught in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her commute was a nightmare because she had to go through Manhattan. The crowds weren't the problem, it was just very long.

Also, most teachers have to be at school so early they they miss the real crush. Manhattan offices open late, especially compared with the West Coast. Many start at 9:00. Law firms usually open at 9:30 and many attorneys don't arrive until 10:00.

I don't think crowds will be your problem.
Solid advice. In my case, I'd only accept a position if I could reasonably commute from one of my preferred parts of the city. I'm not entirely sure what those areas are yet. But, the Village is almost certainly going to be one of them. I have a 45 minute commute now in SF. Is there anywhere (low income neighborhoods likely) that could be worse than that? I'm aware some places have fairly poor subway access. Any schools with poor subway access are likely out of consideration, unless the total commute time was still under 45 minutes.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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Do you mean 45 minutes door-to-door? That's going to be really tough. It all depends on how far you are from the station, if you have to transfer, if the train is express or local, how far the school is from the station, etc., etc.

Also, as you have no seniority, you might not have a lot of choice as to where you're placed. Teaching jobs are very competitive, especially in this economy.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Solid advice. In my case, I'd only accept a position if I could reasonably commute from one of my preferred parts of the city. I'm not entirely sure what those areas are yet.
You sound like you are very new to the city and learning about it. Make the most of it. You might be surprised how much you really like other parts of the city too. Don't limit yourself to Greenwich Village - you might end up very disappointed. My only advice is to be open-minded. And remember the 40x the rent rule.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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You sound like you are very new to the city and learning about it. Make the most of it. You might be surprised how much you really like other parts of the city too. Don't limit yourself to Greenwich Village - you might end up very disappointed. My only advice is to be open-minded. And remember the 40x the rent rule.
Very new to the city indeed. As in my only time visiting was in 1992 as a kid with my parents! I hope to arrive in town in early June and begin scoping places out. Not committed to moving just yet, but living in NYC is on my "bucket list"!
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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I will live with roommates. Also, I'll be in my 10th year of teaching, so I won't be starting at $45k. I'd be starting at $67,547 a year.
I hate saying this, especially not knowing your exact conditions, but even with roommates, the Village is a stretch if you're not at $80,000+. It's not only housing, but basically anything in that area of Manhattan is going to be exorbitantly expensive, but if you have enough in savings, that might pull you through. I love the Village, but it's got to be one of NYC's most expensive neighborhoods, even for the well-off.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:54 PM
 
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I hate saying this, especially not knowing your exact conditions, but even with roommates, the Village is a stretch if you're not at $80,000+. It's not only housing, but basically anything in that area of Manhattan is going to be exorbitantly expensive, but if you have enough in savings, that might pull you through. I love the Village, but it's got to be one of NYC's most expensive neighborhoods, even for the well-off.
Yeah, I realize I'm going to be just getting by at that rate. I do avoid sit-down restaurants with waiters. And if I go out on a weekend and drink, I'll bring a flask out with me to avoid buying many drinks. And I'm a minimalist by nature, so I don't need a lot of nice things. With that said, I'd be open to 'hoods not right in the village that would be fairly close and safe. LES might work if I can find the right spot. Also open to any other suggestions from people that actually know the area!
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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At your salary, which you stated was $67,547, you can afford rent up to $1,689. That's not even going to get you a studio in Greenwich Village. Are you open to roommates? I understand you want to live in a neighborhood you've dreamed about, but NYC neighborhoods are very accessible and convenient - so even living in Brooklyn or wherever, you can always hang out in your dream neighborhoods at the drop of a dime.

If you can narrow down where you will be teaching, that would help you decide. The more convenient your commute, the more energy you'll have to explore the city!

You can always choose to sublet at first until you get settled, and then find your true home.
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If you're living in Greenwich Village and your subway pass through midtown on the way to an outer borough (say, Queens), your subway is still inbound in a way. So packed at first, then likely emptying out.
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