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Old 07-29-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Rtp
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Hey all,

I am a recent graduate from grad school and I looking for an apartment to move in by mid September/early October. I am in my late 20's, starting work mid august with a salary of 50+k. My budget is 1200-1500.

What's important to us:

  • A safe neighborhood with a suburban feel to it, diverse, because my boyfriend is moving in with me and we are an interracial couple(BW/WM).
  • An easy and convenient commute to midtown, I wouldn't mind a commute of 50.
  • I don't really care much of bars of clubs for we don't really go out often.

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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For places with suburban feel and close to the subway try Astoria, Kew Gardens, and Briarwood.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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try rockaway park or belle harbor in queens
close to the beach...commute is about an hour to lower manhattan
crime is low in the area
you may be able to get a nice rental right on the boardwalk in your price range.
you dont want to go lower than beach 102nd street in rockaway though, it gets ghetto beyond that. anything thats beach 102nd street and above is good.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: bronx - north
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Mott Haven 15 mins to the city.... But seriously - Morris Park, Pelham Parkway sounds like a good fit.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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Hey all,

I am a recent graduate from grad school and I looking for an apartment to move in by mid September/early October. I am in my late 20's, starting work mid august with a salary of 50+k. My budget is 1200-1500.

What's important to us:

  • A safe neighborhood with a suburban feel to it, diverse, because my boyfriend is moving in with me and we are an interracial couple(BW/WM).
  • An easy and convenient commute to midtown, I wouldn't mind a commute of 50.
  • I don't really care much of bars of clubs for we don't really go out often.

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Thanks
I would suggest the "Hudson Heights" area of Washington Heights (above 181st and west of Ft. Washington). Very green, quiet and diverse. My husband and I are also BW/WM and we feel very comfortable here.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Central and south-central Brooklyn, like Midwood, Gravesend, even a little north of here like Kensington. Don't cross Morris Park in The Bronx off your list, either.

When I got my first job out of school, I was earning the slightly unbelievable sum of $10,400/year. And I managed to find a nice apartment--on my own, without consulting either websites or realtors. So I never believe anyone who insists that you have to be earning this-or-that amount to live in NYC.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Rtp
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Default advices on ....

Thanks to all really appreciate your inputs. I think I might look into Queens and Hudson Heights, although I am familiar with Hudson Heights.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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If you are looking for diversity Mott Haven ain't it...it is mostly black/Hispanic but it is extremely close to the city as in 20 minutes to Grand Central and well within your price range. However you should consider Parkchester in the Bronx...which is a large, suburban apartment complex..they have a website..google it. You may also consider Concourse area of the Bronx, which is the area surrounding Yankee Stadium...it is getting a huge makeover, including the new stadium, new sidewalks/street/lighting improvements, a metro-north stop (8 minutes to Grand central), new watefront park/esplanade, bike trails, lots of greening/trees/landscaping/plazas, a new mall called the Gateway Center (also has a website..google it) which will include retail and restaurant amenities like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, Applebee's etc., and there are also a number of rehabbed/new/affordable housing options in the area that are well within your price range as well.

Good luck, congratulations, and welcome to the city!
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