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Old 06-07-2010, 09:30 PM
Location: New York, NY
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Hi folks! I'm a life long Chicagoan planning to relocate to NYC in the next year. I'm looking for someone who is really familiar with both cities could help me get a sense of what some NYC neighborhoods are like by comparing them to Chicago hoods. I'm particularly curious what Chicago area Astoria would be comparable to.

I'd also really appreciate any recommendations you can offer about what NYC hoods I should look into. My favorite neighborhoods in Chicago are Hyde Park, Andersonville, or Lincoln Square/Ravenswood.... I've never been a fan of super trendy or night-life focused areas (e.g. River North, Wrigleyville, etc.) or ultra hipster hoods. I'm fine with neighborhoods that are a little rough around the edges and it's really important to me to be in a racially and ethnically diverse area, but I'm also not comfortable with being part of a wave of young white people taking over a neighborhood that's not theirs to take...which is why I refuse to get excited about Logan Square, Pilsen, and West Town in spite of some pretty cool stuff that's opening up there. So yeah, any comparisons you can make and suggestions for NYC areas to look into would be awesome. And btw, I'm definitely on a budget! (And just as a side note-- I see people ALL the time on the Chicago boards making assertions about a neighborhood when they haven't been there in 10 years....I know NYC hoods change even faster than here, so I'd really appreciate if you only comment on neighborhoods you've spent time in in the past 2-3 years.) Thanks in advance for your help :-)
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