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Old 07-24-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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Okay, I have been reading the posts, but I am actually looking for an area in Queens that has parks, places where I can run safely in the evening with my dog, places that are not overcrowded with people demanding the same usage of green space. Any place in Queens that fits that bill and is also near subway/LIRR?

I want a quaint area with a cute downtown - think Irvington, NY, Westfield, NJ, or Frederick MD. After all, I am a young professional and would like a place I can hang on weekends and during happy hours, yet be able to explore the greenery.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, NY
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Look no further than Forest Hills. Very safe. Access to subway, LIRR. A couple of small charming parks, and borders two enormous parks on its north (Flushing Meadows, which has a lake) and south (Forest Park, which has a bridal path). Mix of apartments; very pricey English garden exclusivity (Forest Hills Gardens: only residents and their guests can park); old fashioned Midle class Queens authenticity (neighborhood around Metropolitan Ave); and well-kept modern suburban sterility (the single family homes north of Queens Blvd).

Major shopping areas on Austin Street and 71st Avenue ("Contitental Ave. to Queens natives). Metropolitan Ave. has lots of stores, restuarants, and a few antique shops. "Big box stores" at the intersection of Metropolitan Ave. and Woodhaven Blvd.

No neighborhood is perfect, but as far as Forest Hills is concerned, there's nothing else quite like it. Look into it.

The area around Austin/Continental/subway is somehwat congested, but the rest is not. Good Luck.

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Old 08-18-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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I am a recent college graduate from Westchester. I will be working in Long Island, but I have a car and I don't want to sit in traffic over the bridges while paying $12 every day. I also do not want to live in Long Island, as I am sick of suburban life. What are some safer areas in queens were driving shouldn't be too big of a problem?
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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You want an easy commute to Manhattan? what is your budget?
Astoria is nice, LIC is becoming nice, Forest Hills is nic for a family (not good for a single IMO) but the commute is longer. Sunnyside and Woodside are both decent commutes.

Do you care about schools? What other factors?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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lachicdina, I am in the same situation with you. I am now living in Princeton NJ and just started a job at 5th Avenue. So, commuting takes me nearly 4 hours a day We need to move NY (my husband and my dog) because I am working on PM shift; but I have NO idea about NY. You know, Princeton is a calm, quiet and very safe place. Moving to NY sometimes terrifies me.
We need to be near subway station because my husband is working in Princeton so he is going to use subway+train.
I heard about Queens but I want to be safe while walking my dog, while away from home, etc..
We can pay max, $1800. We are a young couple but we love suburban places, we want to live somewhere SAFE.
Any ideas? Forest Hills? Astoria?
Please help!
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: 23608
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How is the area near St. John's university? I am thinking about attending there next semester.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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Okay, I have been reading the posts, but I am actually looking for an area in Queens that has parks, places where I can run safely in the evening with my dog, places that are not overcrowded with people demanding the same usage of green space. Any place in Queens that fits that bill and is also near subway/LIRR?

Any suggestions?
Try Glendale, where I live. Forest Park is very close by, and so is the M train in nearby Ridgewood. Middle Village and Forest Hills are also good choices.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Flushing, Queens, NYC, NY
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I live in Flushing, it is extremely safe, fairly inexpensive. It is mostly Chinese in my area, thus there are great Chinese restaurants! It is extremely safe and very quiet.

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Hi,

A friend of mine is moving to NY and is considering living in Queens because she doesn't want to live in Brooklyn and can't afford Manhattan. I honestly don't know much of Queens so I was wondering if anyone from that area could tell us what the best neighborhoods are.

Thanks!
May I ask why no Brooklyn? I'm a Queens resident but I don't see any reason to like one and not the other. Maybe she has some fear of hipsters but that's no reason to discount the whole borough... only North Williamsburg!

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Jackson Heights? Don't move there unless you speak Hindi/Urdu.

Astoria isn't as nice as it used to be. All of the Italians, and many of the Greeks have fled.
I'm assuming your underlying assumption is that any neighborhoods that aren't majority white are bad neighborhoods... not true at all. Jackson Heights and Astoria are both good neighborhoods in my opinion.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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Isn't Astoria still majority white? I know a lot of yuppies have been moving there and there's still plenty of Italians and Greeks there.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Flushing, Queens, NYC, NY
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just stay away from whitestone bayside flushing jamaica and far rockaway
you kidding? Flushing is the best! I've never seen any crime in my year-plus in this neighborhood. What do you have against Flushing? Sure, it's mostly Chinese families, but they tend to not commit crimes or cause disturbances.
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