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Old 07-05-2018, 01:45 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Could do top of the hill in Washington Heights. No need to up the cost of travel with the Metro North or Express Bus (pretty expensive relatively to commute on!). It's really nice up there on Pinehurst and 184th or something like 187th and Fort Washington.
Upper Manhattan is a completely different lifestyle to Riverdale, which is more suburban and a bedroom community. The quieter the better in Riverdale. The OP would spend a little more in transportation, but not have to put with the crappy subway service, nor the panhandlers and bums everywhere. Metro-North is a much better ride and they have quiet cars too.

Washington Heights I couldn't do. Too hilly, and then you have loud ghetto people in parts too with their parties late at night. No thanks. And God help you if the A goes out. Your life is tied to that stupid train.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:49 PM
 
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That's about a 45 minute ride. I haven't factored in the walk from the subway or the walk to the shuttle but let's say 5 - 10 minutes each way. Roughly an hour....

With Metro-North you'd have a much more predictable commute that isn't tied to traffic, but one more transfer. The monthly would cost $208, plus you'd need a Metrocard ($121 for the monthly for the subway and shuttle bus).
That's doable, good to know. I'll keep it on the short list and see if there are any apartment listings near the metronorth at a price point where an extra $200 in commuting costs is still worthwhile. If I can get an equivalent apartment in Riverdale versus Upper Manhattan for, say, $600 less in rent, the transfer and extra commute costs would make sense. Plus I could change my transit to the bus if it's better in some seasons than others. But at least now I have a sense that we'll probably only want to look up there if it's a great place for a great price.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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Could do top of the hill in Washington Heights. No need to up the cost of travel with the Metro North or Express Bus (pretty expensive relatively to commute on!). It's really nice up there on Pinehurst and 184th or something like 187th and Fort Washington.
What does really nice mean? Nice apartments, pretty neighborhood? Parks, restaurants, charm?

I haven't been around upper manhattan neighborhoods hardly at all, with the exception of one friend's area around Convent/145th. Was also hoping to get a sense of what the neighborhoods are like and what areas area sketchy and maybe not great to be a woman walking around alone in.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:56 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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That's doable, good to know. I'll keep it on the short list and see if there are any apartment listings near the metronorth at a price point where an extra $200 in commuting costs is still worthwhile. If I can get an equivalent apartment in Riverdale versus Upper Manhattan for, say, $600 less in rent, the transfer and extra commute costs would make sense. Plus I could change my transit to the bus if it's better in some seasons than others. But at least now I have a sense that we'll probably only want to look up there if it's a great place for a great price.
This is a building I recommend:

2475 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10463

It is steps from the Spuyten Duyvil station, located in Spuyten Duyvil with beautiful views of the Hudson. You could likely see the train station from you apartment in that building or several others. Most of the other buildings along Palisade Avenue like the historic Charlotte Brontė Villa are co-ops or condos, but on occasion they may have rentals that open up. One bedrooms in that building (2475 Palisade Avenue) have been around $2,000 tops, so it certainly fits into your budget.

There's a step street to reach the Spuyten Duyvil station. Coming back perhaps you could take one of the shuttle buses up the hill to avoid the stairs, but the stairs aren't impossible. I've done them.

It's a beautiful part of Riverdale, where the buildings are built into the cliffs overlooking the Hudson. You can also see Inwood Park across the river. The only down side is it is a bit isolated from shopping. You would need to take a bus or do shopping in Manhattan if you don't want a car, or you can always rent a car.
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