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Old 10-03-2015, 04:51 PM
 
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Hi all. I currently live in Ridgewood, and my girlfriend lives on the UWS near Morningside Park. We've been talking about finding our own place together, but she absolutely doesn't want to move to Queens. She doesn't want to leave Manhattan, or the west side, for that matter.

I've been looking at potential compromises. She wants to stay as close to the Morningside Park area as possible. I have a car. PROBLEM. I drive almost every day, need my car for my work because not only am I driving to Westchester, CT, and LI, but I have to haul gear and people frequently (musician). Further problem, I don't get back home until 8-9 PM at the earliest, and 2-3 AM at the latest. So parking is not fun. And my car is non-negotiable.

I'm looking at neighborhoods north of her area, particularly Inwood, as she's lived there before and liked it well enough. But I need street parking, just don't have the budget for a garage.

I've read through a lot of threads about parking in Inwood. Most people say it's very difficult, a few say it's not so bad. Keep in mind that I am getting back after all the commuters. Ridgewood is impossible for parking as well. I'm no stranger to parking a 15 minute walk away (I live close enough to Bushwick that I often park near the Halsey Street L train). That doesn't bother me, and that condition is something that most threads don't address. I'm totally fine with walking several blocks from where I park. My parking strategy is basically to make sure I don't have to wake up for ASP that starts at 7:30/8/9. I can deal with 10:30/11. With those things in mind, is Inwood within the realm of practical possibility for me? The only other solution I can envision is getting into an 80/20 building and then getting a garage, but I don't want to plan my life around winning a lottery.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:44 PM
 
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Hi all. I currently live in Ridgewood, and my girlfriend lives on the UWS near Morningside Park. We've been talking about finding our own place together, but she absolutely doesn't want to move to Queens. She doesn't want to leave Manhattan, or the west side, for that matter.

I've been looking at potential compromises. She wants to stay as close to the Morningside Park area as possible. I have a car. PROBLEM. I drive almost every day, need my car for my work because not only am I driving to Westchester, CT, and LI, but I have to haul gear and people frequently (musician). Further problem, I don't get back home until 8-9 PM at the earliest, and 2-3 AM at the latest. So parking is not fun. And my car is non-negotiable.

OK, but sounds like you're the only one compromising. If she really wants to live together and absolutely refuses to move to Queens, then she should be the one offering to pay for your parking spot, which, if you move to Inwood or some place further up, should be cheaper than paying for a spot on the UWS.

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Old 10-03-2015, 08:12 PM
 
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Hi all. I currently live in Ridgewood, and my girlfriend lives on the UWS near Morningside Park. We've been talking about finding our own place together, but she absolutely doesn't want to move to Queens. She doesn't want to leave Manhattan, or the west side, for that matter.

I've been looking at potential compromises. She wants to stay as close to the Morningside Park area as possible. I have a car. PROBLEM. I drive almost every day, need my car for my work because not only am I driving to Westchester, CT, and LI, but I have to haul gear and people frequently (musician). Further problem, I don't get back home until 8-9 PM at the earliest, and 2-3 AM at the latest. So parking is not fun. And my car is non-negotiable.
A lot of people living around Morningside Park have cars.

I would even say - most people.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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Going from having two places, one in Queens and one in Morningside Park, to one place in Inwood (cheaper than Morningside Park, right?) ought to free up some money for a garage.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:35 PM
 
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It's not impossible to find a spot relatively close to her current place, it's just the early ASP that kills me in that neighborhood, so I just can't go up there unless it's a Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday night to avoid it. Also she is east of the park. Is it easier further west?
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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She won't move to Queens, but she'd move to Inwood?
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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She won't move to Queens, but she'd move to Inwood?
3 trains to get to her work and friends (one of which doesn't run at night or on weekends) vs. just 1.
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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Just put some merengue on the car stereo, turn it all the way up, and double-park anywhere east of Broadway in Inwood. I've been watching this for years and never seen anyone get a ticket.
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