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Old 10-09-2013, 01:47 AM
 
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Ok Im goin to cut to the chase. I need advice on which neighborhood in NYC to move to. So a little about me and what I'm looking for. Im a 26 yr old AA male. I am employed as a bartender. I am into hip hop, tattoos, reading, sneakers, and the NBA. I like going to dive bars and cocktail bars. When I club its normally a AA club. I need to live somewhere close to a nightlife scene because like I said Im a bartendef. It doesnt have to be 10 minutes away but I'd prefer to not have to transfer trains and or buses. I would prefer a more urban than residential style. I will not have a car so walkability is a must. Another must is diversity. 1 of my biggest gripes against Chicago is how segregated it is. I do not find high crime areas to be that big of an issue I actually live in a crime ridden ghetto right now. This is important because I would like to stay under $800 for a studio if thats possible. So basically anything thats cheap, urban (densely populated, fewer single family homes, and a straight shotto to night life. I'd rather work in a hipster area than frat boy/yuppie, and 35 year old upper middle class area. In fact I refuse to work in the fratboy area. (Think Wrigleyville in Chicago). Obviously I've looked at Brooklyn but may be priced out. I've thought about Harlem and just recently started researching South Bronx but I fear it may be to residential. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:17 AM
 
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800 for a studio isn't out of the question in Brooklyn at all.

I can't recommend where to go if you want a majority-AA neighborhood, but even in most middle class white neighborhoods (like where I live in Bay Ridge) you can find a studio for around $800. I used to live in Canarsie, which is mostly black (but not the right kind of black if you don't speak patois/creole), and studios can be found there for $600 or less.

All of Brooklyn loves basketball, but I'm sure the same can be said for the Bronx.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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I say Hunts Point section in South Bronx. Studios range from $600 -$800. You're also close to the 6 train line which takes you fast to the clubs and bars in Manhattan without having to transfer. And there is even a club scene i Hunts Pointn...strip clubs which the communityty leaders like Majora Carter hate and they try all the time to pressure the NY state liquor authority not to renew their license. The area is not very diverse consists mainly of Ricans who talk about leaving the area all the time but in reality never do. But Hunts Point could very well serve as a greatand affordablepace to shower and sleep...til it's time to party again!

Sorry for the typos, my keypad is malfunctioning.

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Old 10-09-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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Bobby Im not looking for a majority AA neighborhood. I'd like it to be mixed with a good enough number of black people so that I do not feel out of place. I'm glad to find out Brooklyn is stillan an option. For the price point how far away would that put me from Williamsburg? I definetly dont want to live in the neighborhood but Im sure there is $ to be made working at a bar or restaurant there... Whitlock I will have to look into Hunts Point. $600 for a studio in NYC definitely intrigues me. I've read on more than 1the thread on here that Mott Haven is "up and coming"is is it really?
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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I work in Hunts Point, New York at [url]www.internetspecialistsny.com[/url] it's a very poor area. I don't think there is much going on there. But its a couple of stops to the city so that's a plus. It's much closer to the city then queens where I live. If you are up for a 30 minute train ride to the city. I would recommend Queens. Then again parts of queens are really residential.

I have a coworker who lives in Hunts point. He's into tatoos and sneakers and is probably close to your age. So what do I know.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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Bobby Im not looking for a majority AA neighborhood. I'd like it to be mixed with a good enough number of black people so that I do not feel out of place. I'm glad to find out Brooklyn is stillan an option. For the price point how far away would that put me from Williamsburg? I definetly dont want to live in the neighborhood but Im sure there is $ to be made working at a bar or restaurant there... Whitlock I will have to look into Hunts Point. $600 for a studio in NYC definitely intrigues me. I've read on more than 1the thread on here that Mott Haven is "up and coming"is is it really?
Mott haven is not up and coming. That's all hype from a poster who has commercial interest in the area, and his goonie sidekick. However, you don't care about crime rate so really any part of the city is in play for you.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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I don't think your rent range is realistic. In my own neighborhood I have seen studio prices go from $900-$1000 a few years ago (like 7 years ago) up to $1200 to $1400 for a studio in the past two years. Prices have gone way up! I can't imagine this increase is relegated to one area or borough. So if someone might have knowledge of rent prices from 3 years ago, there's a good chance the rents have gone way up from what they knew back then.

I did do a search for apartments for $600-$800 on craigslist and there are a fair number of $750 or $800 studios in the Bronx. But since I am not familiar at all with the Bronx, I don't know what the locations are or quality of neighborhoods.

In Brooklyn there are hardly any listed. One "small basement studio for one person" in Canarsie for $750, one basement studio in Sheepshead Bay, one in Gravesend and one in Borough Park. Only one for each of those neighborhoods, and none others listed at all. I realize craigslist is not the only place to find an apartment, but this is an indication that under $800 is way below market rent for a studio in pretty much any area of Brooklyn.

Here's the search for the Bronx http://newyork.craigslist.org/search...&housing_type=

Queens http://newyork.craigslist.org/search...&housing_type=

Brooklyn http://newyork.craigslist.org/search...&housing_type=
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:59 AM
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It looks like you get a lot more options if you up your rent range to $900-$1000 in Brooklyn. It sounds like Bed-Stuy would be a good match for the OP, especially since apparently he's indifferent to high crime.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Mott haven is not up and coming. That's all hype from a poster who has commercial interest in the area, and his goonie sidekick. However, you don't care about crime rate so really any part of the city is in play for you.
Haven't heard from your friend for a while. He maybe too busy on south Bronx development.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Haven't heard from your friend for a while. He maybe too busy on south Bronx development.
He's a lame.
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