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Old 07-24-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, the Village
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Hellooooo NYers who know more than me about commuting. I've lived in Manhattan for 6 years and I want out! I still work here near Bryant Park, but I'd like to live in an area (NJ, Penn, CT, Upstate NY, LI) where I'll see trees, hills, grass, real nature, be close to water of some sort.

I'm originally from the beach (in the South) and went to school in the mountains, so I'm ready to get back to the basics and away from crying sirens and and whining yuppies! I'd also love a CAR, but will commute to the City via Express bus or rail.

I'd prefer a commute of one hour or less door to door, maybe walk or bike to the train station. I'm a nature girl who also wants culture and some young/old folks around my home with lots of personality. Where does this exist???

I'm also single, so not looking at too many familys and schools around. Don't want to be that yet.

Give me your advice everyone!
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:54 AM
 
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What's your budget?
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Queens
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I'd like to live in an area where I'll see trees, hills, grass, real nature, be close to water of some sort.
You can find that in the outer boroughs
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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Cold Spring in Putnam County comes to mind. It has a very walkable downtown main street lined with quaint small restaurants and shops with lots of character. It's right beside the Hudson River and there are quite a few nature things to do also in Putnam and Dutchess County. The Metro North station is right at end of Main Street, and the train will get you to Grand Central in less than 1 hour. You can walk to Bryant Park from there. Lots of weekend folks from the city come up here to unwind, too.

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Old 07-24-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Nyack?
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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Agreed that Cold Spring is really nice.

I envy you frankly, wish I had the balls to do what you're doing and get out of here!
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Cold Spring is very nice, indeed. A little closer in, you might consider Croton, but both are going to have more families than singles in them. Nyack is also a nice small town, and you might find slightly more singles there, but it's also more built up than Cold Spring. How far into nature do you want to be? Are we talking about a green suburban area or exurban?
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Try piermont in Rockland county, very close to NYC, but there is literally plenty of nature and water
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:33 PM
 
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If not to NJ, then I would suggest Westchester County. Over in Rockland County the trip to the city is a real pain, as you have to get across the Hudson and there's not the mass transit support from Rockland that there is from either NJ or Westchester.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Hey, sounds like a good move. You might check out Irvington as well. Love Cold Spring, too, but the train ride, pretty as it is, is an hour and a quarter, kind of a grind.

I was seriously thinking of moving to Irvington, though, and had worked out a commute that would have involved a hike on the Croton Aqueduct Trail on the way to the train, which is a 40-45 min ride to Grand Central. Unfortunately, 3-beds were a little too pricey, considering everybody wants to get their kids in the schools up there. But smaller apts. were pretty reasonable, from what I could tell.
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