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Old 10-17-2007, 03:36 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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The only thing I would reccomend up there for an Englishman is Hudson Heights which is a very small neighborhood from the GWB up to Fort Tyron park, west of Broadway. The rest of Northern Manhattan really isn't that nice.

Inwood used to be the big Irish neighborhood in Manhattan, but it became heavily Dominican 20-30 years ago. There are only a few older Irish people still left up there.

I think there is a huge potential for gentrification in Inwood and Washington Heights, but beyond Hudson Heights, most places up there aren't that nice at the moment.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Elvira Black View Post
Would you have given this advice 5 or ten years ago? Would you have said Inwood was "so so" back then, or a total ghetto? Are the rising rents there just a coincidence, or might it have something to do with the fact that any area with a 212 area code is now much more desirable, no matter where it may be?

And do you think that Inwood, which is already getting more expensive, will remain a "so so" place for much longer?

Ditto for Wash Heights--aka "upper" upper west side, with that coveted 212 area code.

PS I remember a time when much of the Upper West Side was considered very dangerous as well--esp back in the bad old days when a large portion of Manhattan was more dangerous by far than any area in the Bx is today (IMO).
Good points. Sometimes change seems good, when areas go from really bad to so-so. Then maybe one day the so-so areas will eventually become nicer areas.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:20 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Originally Posted by bluenose2803 View Post

Im moving from England to NYC to take the NewYork Bar exam and im just looking for a cheap rent in a nice area...im not too bothered about the area as long as its not dangerous and its in Manhattan or surrounding areas.
I've had a look on a couple of sites and they are offering fairly cheap apt in Inwood, Washington Heights, etcetc. Are these okay areas?

Any help would be appreciated!



How long will you be here if you don't pass the bar? Or if you do?
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:23 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Firstly, English people are not as rabidly phobic about blacks/hispanics as we are, I don't think. Maybe the OP can tell me if this is the case or not.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:03 PM
Location: New York City
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The only place suitable for an English person, outside most of Manhattan and a few parts of Brooklyn, is Riverdale in the Bronx. I actually know an English family living in North Riverdale but that's as far as English people go in the outer boroughs, and even that's rare.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:48 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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That seems rather a broad statement/stereotype to me. People live where they can afford to, as a general rule, don't they? Though some parts of Riverdale are surprisingly "affordable" by NYC standards, so not a bad recc all in all.
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