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Old 04-28-2012, 07:52 PM
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I started asking about neighborhoods in my last thread, but I thought I'd start a new thread to ask my questions more in detail.

I'm moving to NYC in late June (probably around the 20th), and will need a place to live for less than <$1500/month (preferably around the $1000-$1200 range, but I know that might be tough to find). Ideally, I'd like to find a 1BR apartment, since I dislike living in studios. Finding a roommate would open up more options, and I'm open to the possibility, but let's not focus on that for this thread.

I'm going to be working in Manhattan in the Flatiron District. I'm open to living in any borough, but a less than 45 minute commute door-to-door would be ideal. I don't need to live in a "hip" or "trendy" area, and have no need of nearby bars/nightlife, but it would be nice to have grocery stores, coffee shops, etc. within walking distance. It would also be nice to be near a park, though it doesn't need to be a large one.

So, where should I look at living? I know Astoria and Sunnyside in Queens pop up a lot in these threads; any other suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:04 PM
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You could try Rego Park. If you get a place that is near the subway, the 45 min commute might be possible. A studio goes for around $1200. I'm not sure about one bedrooms, maybe $1500-$1600.

Rego Park has quite a bit of shopping and some decent amenities. I'm not sure about a park, but you could look at google maps. Rego Park Center
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:29 PM
Location: New York
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$1200 apartments aren't too hard to find. If you want proximity, try Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside. Those are some pretty good places to live in and it takes only about 30 minutes (train ride) to get to Flatiron. Woodside has a pretty nice park; I try to jog on the track every morning.

Another nice place to consider is Elmhurst which is at your convenience - it's like the center of everything. You can walk to the Queens Center Mall and Queens Place Mall and there's also 82nd St, just a couple of blocks so not too bad.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:37 PM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Queens. Astoria and Sunnyside, as you already found. Rego Park, Forest Hills and Jackson Heights are all also doable on that budget and have decent commutes. Not much in the way of parkland in that part of Queens, though, although you wouldn't be too far from Flushing Meadows. If parks are important to you, you could try Sunset Park in Brooklyn as well.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:59 PM
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Forest Park is very nice. It would be quite a hike from Rego Park, but I've done it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:04 PM
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Thanks! I'll look into some of these areas more. Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:53 PM
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Washington Heights between 181 Street-207 Street, west of Ft. Washington Ave. A train (express) and 1 train nearby, very safe and clean neighborhood if you are within the stated parameters.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:23 PM
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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You could live in Jersey City or Bayonne or Hoboken for 1500$...there are alot more places on the Jersey side..
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 PM
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I mostly second the Great Gatsby, but I would give slightly different boundaries: west of Broadway from 168th to Fort Tryon Park. Also, the small pocket of Inwood west of Broadway and north of Isham Park. Actually any place in Washington Heights or Inwood west of Broadway is safe and has nice apartments, but there are some noise issues outside the specific areas I outlined.

Pros: Safe, apartments are big and nice, quick commute via A train, tons of green space.

Cons: the A becomes local at night, so if you're coming home late you have a looooong trip. Also, if most of your friends live in Brooklyn or Queens your social life will take a hit which may not be great for someone first moving to the city.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:33 AM
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a box on the street
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