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Old 07-07-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Morningside Heights, NYC
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Default Moving to Brooklyn! Advice appreciated!

Hey guys,

I've been living in a shoebox in Manhattan and need to move somewhere within an easy commute to Staten Island for work. I originally wanted to live within walking distance of the hospital, but had difficulty finding a roommate / cheap rent in Dongan Hills. So, I decided living in Brooklyn would be doable if I lived in Bay Ridge and took the 30 min bus ride over to SI.

My question is, why the hell is the rent in Bay Ridge so damn cheap? I'm talking $500-600/room when I'm used to paying $900 for a windowless Harlem. I've seen nothing but glowing reviews for the place in terms of safety, things to do, etc (except for a waste treatment facility that stinks up the area every summer, but I'm hoping to live in the 90's / 3rd ave near the water and plenty of breeze to carry the stink away). There has to be a catch, right? Is it really just because it takes a little longer to get into Manhattan?

For $600/month, should I be expecting a cockroach-infested dump? The ads say they include laundry in building etc. I'm having trouble in deciding what price point I should look at.

Also, I understand the Verrazano has terrible traffic, but am I correct to assume that Brooklyn-> SI traffic is nonexistant in the morning, and vice versa after work?
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Hey guys,

I've been living in a shoebox in Manhattan and need to move somewhere within an easy commute to Staten Island for work. I originally wanted to live within walking distance of the hospital, but had difficulty finding a roommate / cheap rent in Dongan Hills. So, I decided living in Brooklyn would be doable if I lived in Bay Ridge and took the 30 min bus ride over to SI.

My question is, why the hell is the rent in Bay Ridge so damn cheap? I'm talking $500-600/room when I'm used to paying $900 for a windowless Harlem. I've seen nothing but glowing reviews for the place in terms of safety, things to do, etc (except for a waste treatment facility that stinks up the area every summer, but I'm hoping to live in the 90's / 3rd ave near the water and plenty of breeze to carry the stink away). There has to be a catch, right? Is it really just because it takes a little longer to get into Manhattan?

For $600/month, should I be expecting a cockroach-infested dump? The ads say they include laundry in building etc. I'm having trouble in deciding what price point I should look at.

Also, I understand the Verrazano has terrible traffic, but am I correct to assume that Brooklyn-> SI traffic is nonexistant in the morning, and vice versa after work?
It's cheap because it's a fairly long commute to Manhattan--that's the catch. It's fine for you though, because you aren't trying to trek out to Manhattan anyhow. I guess another part is that it doesn't have much in nightlife and is pretty far away from any decent nightlife. Otherwise, it's a fine neighborhood.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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its really a great neighborhood overall.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Morningside Heights, NYC
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I love it when things work out >_<

Thanks. I just didn't want to waste my time to schlep all the way there to look at $600 apartments if they were going to be terrible.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I love it when things work out >_<

Thanks. I just didn't want to waste my time to schlep all the way there to look at $600 apartments if they were going to be terrible.

I live on 3rd @ 91st. It's a great neighborhood by any definition! It's still reasonable here due to the distance from the city. Which by the way is not all that bad if you can utilize the N or the D. I see the SI buses loading up @ 86th & 4th, they get pretty crowded but the seem to run pretty regular.

Welcome to the neighborhood.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Morningside Heights, NYC
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I live on 3rd @ 91st. It's a great neighborhood by any definition! It's still reasonable here due to the distance from the city. Which by the way is not all that bad if you can utilize the N or the D. I see the SI buses loading up @ 86th & 4th, they get pretty crowded but the seem to run pretty regular.

Welcome to the neighborhood.
Thanks so much. Don't mind crowded buses as long as they don't just pass by you. I've taken the N/R before to meet with friends for Karaoke and it wasn't bad at all from lower Manhattan. It was only terrible because I was coming all the way from Harlem :P
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Thanks so much. Don't mind crowded buses as long as they don't just pass by you. I've taken the N/R before to meet with friends for Karaoke and it wasn't bad at all from lower Manhattan. It was only terrible because I was coming all the way from Harlem :P
Even using just the R to downtown locations isn't really as bad as some think. I use to travel every day from my place (91st & 3rd, Bay Ridge) to WFC-2 @ South End & Liberty. Train time was only 30-35 minutes! Occasionally they have track workers down there along 4th in BK which can slow the process a bit, but normally it's pretty reliable.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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I think Bay Ridge is a bargain when I hear what people are paying for rent in other neighborhoods. As another poster noted, it's probably due to the limited public transportation options, but that doesn't seem to be an issue for you (working in SI).
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