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Old 12-13-2016, 07:27 PM
Location: Hudson Valley/Upper Downstate/Lower Upstate
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Originally Posted by JustShovelIt View Post
I grew up in Maspeth I'm going on 3 years now living about an hour south of Albany and rail commuting from Hudson. I can see pre-internet that it would be really radical and scary, but most time off hours I'm either on the web doing pretty much the same thing I did back home or trying out new recreation like all the apple picking and hiking and so on, and the only really big drag I've noticed is no or terrible takeout food if I don't feel like cooking. I go to the city on the weekends still to be with friends/family since its not insurmountably far away. During the week I haven't really made ties upstate yet and get by with socializing at work, but thinking of doing a college class at night or something to meet people. I'm trying to either transfer to a position telecommuting a day or two a week or a similar job in Albany, but even if I didn't manage it I'm OK with the commute. Just wondering if anyone else ever tried it or knows something I don't? I feel especially like if the autopilot cars come about that it would be really doable.

The response I usually get back home about moving upstate is something tongue in cheek like this: Ask A Native New Yorker: Should I Move Upstate?: Gothamist but it hasn't been my experience so far so was just looking for other perspectives?
I live in the Hudson Valley, and my family has split their time/residency between the City and here for decades. Speaking from experience, commuting, especially post-IBM era, is a reality for most living in the X-burbs. That said, there are time constraints to commuting. Even if you work remotely, are self-employed in some capacity you have to commute fairly regularly. Some people simply don't want the hassle. In addition, many New York City residents simply love urban life. The access to employment sources, vibrant night-life and mass transit options (particularly in New York) are second to none. That said, not everyone wants to be surrounded by humanity. Some people need space to think...Artists, actors, writers, intellectuals all require some degree of solitude. Upstate New York, particularly places closer to the NYC metropolitan area, tend to draw these "creative" types. Personally, having lived in both Upstate and the City, I prefer solitude. Also, I'm fairly "outdoorsy"...That is, I love nature and experiencing/exploring the natural environment.

Nights' like this, when it's icy cold and snowy, and I can hear the North Wind...Dreaming of trekking through the still wood or riding. That makes me happy, it makes commuting worth it. If you're not into that lifestyle, Upstate New York isn't really an ideal place to live...
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ckhthankgod View Post
Center Square/Lark Street is the place to go to: Historic Center Square Neighborhood - Albany, NY

Lark Street in Albany



Downtown Troy, parts of Downtown Schenectady and its Upper Union Street area and Saratoga Springs are some other parts of that area that would be better

Saratoga County is actually the fastest growing County in the state and there are plenty of nice suburbs in that area(Colonie, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Niskayuna, East Greenbush, Clifton Park, West Sand Lake, Rexford, Scotia, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, etc).
Yes, Lark Street is cool and full of nice little restaurants, but my favorite is the New World Bistro Bar on Delaware.

New World Bistro Bar

300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209
(518) 694-0520


There are also a few areas in Albany with old townhouse-type homes and interesting architecture. We were walking through one such area and found a guy having a stoop sale. He was from Brooklyn originally, and he and his husband had bought one of those houses and restored it. He loved living there.

I have heard that parts of Troy are being revitalized with shops and restaurants.
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Old 12-19-2016, 03:57 AM
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i can tell you why we wouldn't since odds are it is pretty close to why we did not retire or relocate to our pocono home.

jobs suck. pay is way to low and jobs are mostly lower end . if i wanted to work a bit in retirement there was little i could do that was not low pay .

no public transportation system if we couldn't drive

few specialists and medical facility's

nothing to do all winter

to much in chores and maintenance on a house to take care of ,especially in a wooded area

after a while even the summers became boring .

the list went on and on and that more rural life we thought we would like really was not what we would want .

in fact even housing was more . here in queens no one stays with us ,all the kids live locally . so we have an apartment .

in pa we needed a big house since there all the kids and grand kids stay over . the pa house cost us more a year than living in queens .\

so we ended up selling it .we don't regret it for a second .
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