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Old 02-24-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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Hi guys! So my fiance and I are moving to New York in the next month, and I need some advice on where to look for places. We are looking for a 2 bed and looking for rent around 3k. We are both 27, and I will most likely be traveling into Manhattan for work. He will be traveling around the area and on Long Island for meetings, so he will have a car. I know that is the worst idea, having a car will be the worst part I think but he will need to keep it for those traveling days.

We have been told that Williamsburg is nice, as well as Park Slope. Any other areas you would recommend? We used to live in Chicago, and right now we are moving from Denver. We like the artsy neighborhoods, but we are also ok with moving to a more "family" area that is nicer and quieter. We want to be able to walk to some coffee shops or places to eat. We also have two dogs, I know a lot of places aren't super dog friendly so I don't know if that is a big issue or not.

Any advice is welcome! Thank you!
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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Park Slope is gorgeous and Williamsburg is exciting.

The only problem is your husband is going to be driving everywhere and the traffic around Brooklyn is terrible. Especially if he's doing a lot of business in Long Island. He will suffer. And coming home in the evening and finding a parking space in Park Slope? Good luck. Don't know about Williamsburg.

You might want to consider getting a place in boring Queens. You could find a place near the subway or the Long Island Railroad for your commute to Manhattan, and he would be a hop, skip and a jump to Long Island. Of course a place with parking would make a huge difference for him. An instead of 3K, you might get something for 2K.

On weekends, when there is no traffic, you could spend time driving to all the interesting Brooklyn neighborhoods.

I know some people like the excitement right at their doorstep. But for me and my then finance, we were perfectly happy doing nothing much between Sunday night and Thursday night. And there are good local restaurants everywhere.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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Why dont you look at Queens?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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3000 dollars a month rent smh..

you might as well live in bk heights somewhere
and jump on the b.q.e.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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I would echo the sentiment to look at Queens. There are more driving options to Long Island, and you can still find a place relatively close to Manhattan in your price range. I would look at Astoria and Long Island City which has the liveliness you're seeking, (Astoria has both an influx of artists as well as family oriented). The issue with Brooklyn to Long Island driving wise, is it would quickly become a logistical nightmare. Your only 2 options are the Belt Parkway or the BQE, both of which can become parking lots at any given time.

You can also look into Woodside and Jackson Heights which both have a lot of ethnic restaurants to choose from.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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There are only a few nabes in Queens that are all of walkable and commuter friendly to Manhattan.

OP did not say if the husband will be in LI all the time, and whose convenience gets the higher priority.

If OP is the priority, she can look at Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Hts. (historic district) in Queens. Street parking is hard to find in most of Queens but I know there are a couple of parking garages available in Jackson Hts. If you want to walk to cafes to eat, these would be the neighborhoods to consider albeit Brooklyn is much better in dining.

If husband is the priority, she can look at Bayside, Little Neck or Douglaston. There are limited walkable dining options in these places but they can drive to either Bell Blvd. or Great Neck Plaza for these activities.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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Queens also has much lower car insurance than Brooklyn, especially if you do not have a garage for the car.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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Your only 2 options are the Belt Parkway or the BQE, both of which can become parking lots at any given time.
And the Jackie Robinson (Interboro).
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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And the Jackie Robinson (Interboro).
Only if you live in the right corner of Brooklyn. Don't think anyone looking to spend $3k/month in rent is planning to live in Ocean Hill...
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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Only if you live in the right corner of Brooklyn. Don't think anyone looking to spend $3k/month in rent is planning to live in Ocean Hill...
Or bottom left corner of Queens. I use the Jackie all the time. It comes in handy, much more so than the BQE does. Matter of fact I can get to the Jackie, the LIE and the Belt all relatively quickly. Around me the OP can probably rent an entire rowhouse on his budget and still be walking distance to the "artsy" L train.
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