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Old 03-19-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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What's missing from the description is the desired quality of the apartment. If the OP wants to live in a luxury highrise with amenities such as a doorman, gym, pool, residential lounge, have new finishes and appliances, etc. then hands down - Jersey City is his best bet. If he's willing to compromise on stuff and, say, live in a walk-up with no amenities - he can actually live on the UWS or UES and be in Manhattan. Plenty of older housing stock renting at a discount. I would personally avoid SI at all costs. It has a rather bad reputation with the ladies in NYC (as a blue collar/mobbed up neighborhood), which let's be honest, judging by the headlines it still to some extent is. Perception is even more important than the reality though... At the same time, Jersey City waterfront and near-PATH high-rises are mostly populated by white-collar young professionals and carry no stigma. Also, as someone mentioned, he will save on taxes, so the extra PATH card cost would be a wash.

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Old 03-19-2019, 11:29 AM
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What's missing from the description is the desired quality of the apartment. If the OP wants to live in a luxury highrise with amenities such as a doorman, gym, pool, residential lounge, have new finishes and appliances, etc. then hands down - Jersey City is his best bet. If he's willing to compromise on stuff and, say, live in a walk-up with no amenities - he can actually live on the UWS or UES and be in Manhattan. Plenty of older housing stock renting at a discount. I would personally avoid SI at all costs. It has a rather bad reputation with the ladies in NYC (as a blue collar/mobbed up neighborhood), which let's be honest, judging by the headlines it still to some extent is. Perception is even more important than the reality though... At the same time, Jersey City waterfront and near-PATH high-rises are mostly populated by white-collar young professionals and carry no stigma. Also, as someone mentioned, he will save on taxes, so the extra PATH card cost would be a wash.
Whatever gangs are on SI are in the far southern area. The northern area is filled with diverse families and young people. You can have a house, gym, pool, new appliances, on SI.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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Also, as someone mentioned, he will save on taxes, so the extra PATH card cost would be a wash.

This was an unexpected COL savings for us moving HK to JC. Ironically our rent is only $40 cheaper p/month and parking garage is the same. On the other hand the total savings combining taxes and car insurance is about $1,500 p/month.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:40 AM
 
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Whatever gangs are on SI are in the far southern area. The northern area is filled with diverse families and young people. You can have a house, gym, pool, new appliances, on SI.
That very well may be, but few things will get you swiped left on Tinder faster than listing your location as "Staten Island". So if the OP cares about his sex life, which as a guy in his 40-ies I am presuming that he does, better err on the side of caution.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:05 PM
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That very well may be, but few things will get you swiped left on Tinder faster than listing your location as "Staten Island". So if the OP cares about his sex life, which as a guy in his 40-ies I am presuming that he does, better err on the side of caution.
Many people have sex inside cars I believe its a location independent activity. I've seen people surfing Grindr on the train and bus in the Bronx. Don't discount dating Brooklyn people either. There's a lot of interdating between the Coney Island area and the Staten Island area because of the bridge.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:22 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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There’s also the J train that goes to city hall and passes through South Williamsburg and running along the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. You should be able to find rents for 1BR within your costs with the prices generaly going lower the further away from Manhattan you go.

If you’re willing to trade-off a smaller place for a walking commute near the top end of your budget, you can potentially find a place in Chinatown, the Little Fuzhou part of the Lower East Side, or Two Bridges.

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Old 03-20-2019, 08:54 AM
 
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Just find a place in Manhattan. Don't listen to these Out Borough people crying all day long about this and that. Just live in Manhattan.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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You are not subject to NYC local tax in NJ.

Not sure this is accurate. If you work in town, you pay NYC Tax in my experience.

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Just find a place in Manhattan. Don't listen to these Out Borough people crying all day long about this and that. Just live in Manhattan.

This. If you want to experience Manhattan, live there. Nothing like the buzz kill of having a great day/evening, and then having to take a train/bus back out to the burbs.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:03 AM
 
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Not sure this is accurate. If you work in town, you pay NYC Tax in my experience.
You do not. City municipal employees hired after 1973 and residing outside of NYC are subject to NYC Tax. Everyone else who work in NYC and live somewhere else are not subject to NYC local tax.

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Old 03-20-2019, 11:21 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Just find a place in Manhattan. Don't listen to these Out Borough people crying all day long about this and that. Just live in Manhattan.
Yes please follow the cut-out lemming transplant dream to live in NYC and only live in the Manhattan bubble. Expect people to only come to you because the world only revolves around Manhattan, don't worry you will surely meet Manhattanites that think exactly like this. But remember let say you live on 14 street and decide to move to 23rd street you will loose all your friends since they will think even that is to far to travel...(true story)
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