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Old 06-23-2014, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Well, for example Mathjak posted that he lives in Queens, saying it is less expensive than Manhattan but that Manhattan is accessible from there. Are you saying that places like Queens are outside the city limits of New York City? If so, I need to bring more precision to my posts here.

Like you, I don't especially care for cramped quarters, so I am not personally looking to check out NYC. I just thought (and I still do) that it was refreshing to note someone interested in going there (for the reasons I stated so I won't repeat them).
I used to live in Queens and took the train to work on Wall Street (lower Manhattan) every day for 10 years.

NYC has transportation compared to none.
You can live in any of the 5 boroughs (even LI) and have an easy commute into downtown.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:25 AM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Manhattan is very costly . We like living in an area in queens which is only 17 minutes from manattan but much more affordable.

Still costly as far as areas outside the tristate area but not to bad in comparison.

MJ, love your photography but seriously, 17 minutes from Bay Terrace? Time for a new watch.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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What borough is Little Italy in? I have a friend who lives there, and he keeps bugging me about coming to visit during a big food fair. Feast of San (something)?
It is the Feast of San Gennaro - San Gennaro - and it is in Little Italy in lower Manhattan. At least what's left of Little Italy. Which isn't much. Chinatown and Soho have gobbled up big parts over the years - and other parts have been "rebranded". Also - there aren't many Italians left.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/ny...anted=all&_r=0

Also - I don't know what you like to do when you travel. But my husband and I absolutely hate huge crowds (don't mind small crowds - the kind you'll find at the Florida/Georgia game - I'm talking wall to wall). And huge crowds are hard to avoid in most major cities these days when the word "free" is attached to the word "festival" .

Anyway - I'm still waiting for someone who says he/she lives in Manhattan. I would also suggest that anyone who is entertaining the thought of moving there on a discretionary basis look seriously at the cost of living there in a place one would care to live. Most people who don't have big $$$ can forget about living anywhere in Manhattan in a decent neighborhood in a decent building. If one recalls an area like the West Village being relatively inexpensive - that recollection is now seriously outdated (by at least a couple of decades). E.g., this little beauty in the West Village for $2500/month (notice the vintage radiator and charming window A/C unit):

Studio in West Greenwich Village Rental ID#150473

Note that I don't dispute that rentals are considerably cheaper outside Manhattan. My niece lived in this very nice new building in Brooklyn (starts at about $2300 for a tiny studio - but the units even have washer dryers!):

DKLB BKLN - live your way

FWIW - my niece is just starting out in her career. And found that commuting to Manhattan from Brooklyn was a big PITA (she works a lot of very long days/nights). So she's in Manhattan now - and getting less in the way of an apartment for more money.

Anyway - as with most retirement moves - best to investigate a bunch before making a long distance move. And - at least in the case of Manhattan/NYC - the advice about renting before buying usually won't be necessary. Robyn
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Center City
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But it just does my heart good to note the positive reactions of some posters to the OP's desire to take the road less traveled and move TO New York City rather than escape from it.
I couldn't agree more. Outside of the one or two sourpusses who can be counted on to rain on any- and everyone's parade, it has been very refreshing to see all the encouragement that this OP is receiving for a retirement dream a bit out of the norm. Bravo everyone!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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MJ, love your photography but seriously, 17 minutes from Bay Terrace? Time for a new watch.
Google says 59 minutes to MOMA on the QM2 bus. I imagine the subway would be faster. But Google doesn't list a Google subway option. Robyn
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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I am still several years away from retirement, but lately I have been playing with the idea of relocating to NYC from FL to retire. My thoughts are as follows: I am a single woman, native of FL and like the idea of mass transit that could get me all over the city and have access to transportation to other areas, such as Boston, etc. -- all without the need of driving a car. I also like the idea of no longer owning a SFH so when something breaks I can call the super/landlord instead of worrying about it myself. I don't have any close relatives in NYC though I do have a couple of cousins who live there and a couple of others who live in Connecticut. I Have an adult daughter who currently lives in FL but who knows what she will be doing in a few years. I realize that the winters are cold in NYC, but I have been thinking that since I would be retired I would have the option of staying inside on the coldest days.

I am not wealthy but I would have a reasonable pension in addition to SS to cover living expenses, etc. I would be willing to downsize to even a studio apartment since I do not need much space. In addition, I am thinking that the increased housing expense might be offset by the money I would be saving on car insurance, car payments, car insurance and even homeowners insurance.

I have not been to NYC for about 30 years so I realize that I would need to visit and give it a try before doing anything permanent and I also realize that I could live there for a couple of years and relocate again if I decided to do so.

I am wondering if anyone here as any thoughts that they would like to share with me concerning this idea. I searched but did not find any posts on this specific topic. Am I crazy for even considering this idea?
Actually NYC is a very convenient place for retirees with the only major disadvantage being the cold winter weather.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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An 'outside-the-box' possibility for your outside-the-box thinking, might be to look for a 'housing exchange' particularly during the December to March season. There are a ton of people in NYC and elsewhere who become winter 'snowbirds' and pay big bucks for Florida rentals during the season.

Such an 'exchange' would give you a place to stay for an extended 3-4 month period, with little/no added housing cost, while you gave your dream a serious 'test drive.' Sometimes, such exchanges can also include vehicles. -- Good luck!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:54 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I used to live in Queens and took the train to work on Wall Street (lower Manhattan) every day for 10 years.

NYC has transportation compared to none.
You can live in any of the 5 boroughs (even LI) and have an easy commute into downtown.
However, on the NYC subway/elevated passengers are actually pushed and pressed against other people during busy times of the day. Doesn't that sondd sanitary and pleasant?
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:33 PM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Google says 59 minutes to MOMA on the QM2 bus. I imagine the subway would be faster. But Google doesn't list a Google subway option. Robyn
Most people in Bayside would jump on the LIRR, it's a little under half an hour to Penn Station. To MoMA as an example is another 10 minutes on the subway.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:37 PM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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However, on the NYC subway/elevated passengers are actually pushed and pressed against other people during busy times of the day. Doesn't that sondd sanitary and pleasant?
Don't knock it till you tried it. . .
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