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Old 07-23-2008, 03:31 PM
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Hi.
My son is a resident at Columbia. He and his wife were living happily in Park Slope (Brooklyn) until the commute and the high rent started to take its toll, so they've now moved to within a few blocks of Columbia. (Not the greatest neighborhood, but close to work for both of them.)
Here's why I'm writing. They have just discovered that they are going to be parents in February. (Surprise!) Their lease will be up around that time and while a 450 sq.ft. place in a not-so-safe neighborhood was fine for the two of them - they don't really want to raise a baby there.
They've been thinking of these places:
"...off the island, upstate or over the Hudson (NY OR NJ). Of course, then we face the fact that MY commute (the one dropping off and picking up [the baby]) would be longer, and [her husband] might have to get a used car or vespa. ...we were impressed with the Rye, NY, area, but I couldn’t be that far out everyday. Something more like Melrose or Morris Heights, NY (both upstate and on a major rail line).

Do any of you locals have any suggestions for a good (safe) neighborhood for a young working couple with a baby? I'm not sure about pricing, but I'm guessing 1200 - 1500/ month will be their limit.

THANKS!!
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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They should check into Riverdale in the Bronx, since there are some apartments that would come in that price range, especially in areas with multi-family houses. The commute is not bad to get into Manhattan, and it's a very family friendly area, and quite safe. I know several young doctors with families who live in the area, and it seems to be a good mix for them.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:07 PM
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Thanks so much for the quick response bmwguy! I'm going to collect all my responses and hopefully give them some great places to check out!
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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You're welcome. Forest Hills/Forest Hills Gardens in Queens is also popular with families and offers some decent commutes to Manhattan, though to get to the Columbia area would take longer than a Riverdale commute, but I would say that it's definitely worth consideration.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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How about Fort Lee, NJ? Right across the river from CPMC!
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:19 PM
 
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Morris Heights and Melrose are both in the Bronx.. not anywhere close to upstate, and much more dangerous than Morningside Heights.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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Morris Heights and Melrose are both in the Bronx.. not anywhere close to upstate, and much more dangerous than Morningside Heights.
So...
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:48 PM
 
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How about Fort Lee, NJ? Right across the river from CPMC!
fortlee is their best choice...safe area mostly families and right across the GWB to the A train..commute time would be about 30mins rush hour
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:20 PM
 
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He just said he wanted to move to those areas in "upstate NY", so I was clearing that up...
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:37 PM
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Thanks analyticalkeys,
I have a feeling my son and daughter-in-law just heard about Morris Heights and Melrose and thought they were upstate. I appreciate your clearing that up! I'm so glad I found this forum! I'm in Texas, so anything I can do to help them out makes me feel a little closer to them. (Once a mom, always a mom - even when they grow up.)
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