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Old 02-14-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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Just find something in Astoria and call it a day.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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People get so caught up with 'living in Manhattan' that they're willing to trade safety, and quility of life for it.


For $1,500 you can rent a 1br or (more likely) a studio in Astoria and be close to the city while enjoying a wide variety of restaurants and decent options for entertainment.
The commute to midtown is no more than 30 mins if you're close to a subway station.
You will also feel more 'at home' as the population is for the most part of European background (Greek, Eastern European) with some Arabs, and Hispanics.

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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People get so caught up with 'living in Manhattan' that they're willing to trade safety, and quility of life for it.


For $1,500 you can rent a 1br or (more likely) a studio in Astoria and be close to the city while enjoying a wide variety of restaurants and decent options for entertainment.
The commute to midtown is no more than 30 mins if you're close to a subway station.
You will also feel more 'at home' as the population is for the most part of European background (Greek, Eastern European) with some Arabs, and Hispanics.
Yea, it's scary to see what ppl are willing to do and sacrifice just to end up in a crappy tenement broke and unhappy.

Anyone remember Luda from Ukraine with the lottery won green card?
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: London
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To be honest, street harassment will happen anywhere, no matter what the neighborhood, no matter what borough. I've been catcalled and groped in "safe" neighborhoods.

I don't think it's the greatest idea for the OP to move to East Harlem, but his girlfriend shouldn't be shocked if street harassment happens in other places.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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To be honest, street harassment will happen anywhere, no matter what the neighborhood, no matter what borough. I've been catcalled and groped in "safe" neighborhoods.

I don't think it's the greatest idea for the OP to move to East Harlem, but his girlfriend shouldn't be shocked if street harassment happens in other places.

Yes but in some places much more than others, let's please be truthful here.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: London
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Yes but in some places much more than others, let's please be truthful here.
I'm just reminding the OP of the harsh reality that can happen anywhere, as I unfortunately found out. It's terrible when you believe that you're safe as a woman, only to find out that you're not. To be truthful is to tell the full story.

edited to add: OP, I sent you a PM regarding street harassment in the city, hope that helps.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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People get so caught up with 'living in Manhattan' that they're willing to trade safety, and quility of life for it.


And they forget that living in another borough can actually SHORTEN their commute based on what they can afford.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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and they forget that living in another borough can actually shorten their commute based on what they can afford.
this!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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this!!
as in where? Long Island City?

We don't mind a small studio instead of a 1BR but we want to be at a nice neighborhood and great location obviously.
Perhaps the east village will also be worth looking into.

Thanks again for all the replies!
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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as in where? Long Island City?

We don't mind a small studio instead of a 1BR but we want to be at a nice neighborhood and great location obviously.
Perhaps the east village will also be worth looking into.

Thanks again for all the replies!

I live in Queens (further out than LIC) and it takes me just 25 minutes to get to work via the subway in the morning (more if trains are congested or running behind of course). That is much shorter than my commute would be if I lived in Harlem (ooo Manhattan!) for example, and had to switch trains on my way in. Even when I lived in Manhattan, I used to walk to work, which took the same time as it takes me now on the train!

1. Find out where you're working
2. Figure out your budget
3. Find apartment with good commute in decent neighborhood that you can afford
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