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Old 11-25-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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Ok guys, thank you for all your help! I finally made a decision and did go for the housing allowance. I am not sure if it was the best decision, but I do like the idea, that I do have more choice, rather than having to commit to one option upfront without even seeing it (serviced apartment in Hoboken).
I am now thinking about where I would get best value for money (hopefully 1-2 bedroom apartment) with a relatively short commuting time to time square. My budget for rent is $1700 (excluding utilities). It should be a halfway residential area with coffee places and bars and can be as far out as Queens or Brooklyn. Of course I wouldn't shy away from any East Side apartment for this budget as well.
Any recommendations?

Cheers,
Tom
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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Yorkville on the UES. You can just take the 456 to Grand Central then the shuttle to Times Square. Personally, I'd probably just take a bus to 42nd to avoid the crowded trains then walk over to Times Square. You can get a nice sized studio for $1700 in Yorkville, which is a very elegant neighborhood.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Yorkville on the UES. You can just take the 456 to Grand Central then the shuttle to Times Square. Personally, I'd probably just take a bus to 42nd to avoid the crowded trains then walk over to Times Square. You can get a nice sized studio for $1700 in Yorkville, which is a very elegant neighborhood.
It's residential, but ELEGANT?? No. The problem with Yorkville (I grew up on Gracie Square, so I know whereof I speak) is the LONG walk to the subway.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It's residential, but ELEGANT?? No. The problem with Yorkville (I grew up on Gracie Square, so I know whereof I speak) is the LONG walk to the subway.
Right,Yorkville( I once lived at 88th and York) is anything but elegant.

I also have a friend who works near Grand Central and who used to live in Yorkville but who now lives in Bedford Park( Bronx) across the street from the Botanical Garden metro north station.He loves to tell people how it now takes him 20 mins to get to Grand Central but when he lived in Yorkville it took him 20 mins just to get to the subway stop at 86th and Lex.
I think this is why apartments in Yorkville tend to appear to be relatively inexpensive( compared to most of the UES).
There is a reason for everything.It is almost like a "two fare zone" even though it's in Manhattan.

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Old 11-26-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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can you use your 1450 to live in another location in NJ? if so i'd take that and live in Weehawken where you wouldnt be dependant on the Path train and also you'd prob find a place for less than $1450. you'd be in the city faster especially going to Time Square becuase all the weehawken buses let you out at Port Authority.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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Come on guys, you wouldn't describe East 86th street as elegant? How many more neighborhoods are more elegant than that? Gracie Mansion is in Yorkville for crying out loud!

Describing Yorkville as "anything but elegant" like it's an ugly, unrefined neighborhood is just flat out inaccurate.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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Come on guys, you wouldn't describe East 86th street as elegant? How many more neighborhoods are more elegant than that? Gracie Mansion is in Yorkville for crying out loud!

Describing Yorkville as "anything but elegant" like it's an ugly, unrefined neighborhood is just flat out inaccurate.
It's residential. Not bad but NOT elegant. Park Avenue in the upper 60s and lower 70s is elegant. Fifth Avenue in that same area and in the lower 80s is elegant. Yorkville is NOT elegant.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It's residential. Not bad but NOT elegant. Park Avenue in the upper 60s and lower 70s is elegant. Fifth Avenue in that same area and in the lower 80s is elegant. Yorkville is NOT elegant.
Right.And parts of Greenwich Village are elegant,parts of Riverside Drive and some of it's side streets are elegant,parts of Carnegie Hill are elegant,many of the blocks between 5th and Park on the UEs are elegant.Parts of Harlem are elegant.Most of Brooklyn Heights is elegant.Yorkville is not.

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Old 12-01-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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Anyone knows more about Weehawken? It sounds quite interesting in terms of rent, time to commute to Time Square, etc..

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Tom
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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Anyone knows more about Weehawken? It sounds quite interesting in terms of rent, time to commute to Time Square, etc..

Cheers,
Tom
Weehawken is fine, but there are very little amenities. In Jersey City and Hoboken, you have many, many restaurants, stores, bars, etc. Also in Jersey City and Hoboken the Path train to NYC runs 24 hours a day. Weehawken you don't have that. Harder to get around.

In both Hoboken and Jersey City you can get a very nice, maybe 800 square foot one bedroom, in a walkup brownstone. Near the PATH.
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