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Old 09-16-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Albany NY
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Hi everyone! I am a fun twenty year old female from Albany, NY looking into schools for Massage Therapy. I found the Academy of Massage Therapy online and it seemed pretty good. It's in Hackensack, NJ located at 321 Main Street. Has anyone attended the program? Is this a decent neighborhood and school? If I decide to go, does anyone know where I should look for an apartment/room?

I also was wondering if I will really need my car to get around or if it is definitely do-able to not have a car? I work as a nanny now and make good money, I am unsure of what job I will be looking for when I move, but that will all be figured out beforehand. I am not planning to leave for a few months to a year.

I am looking for either a studio, or efficiency even, as I really will only need a place to sleep and study during the week. Are there a lot of college kids in the area? I will be 21 when I move there so I'll absolutely need some friends for weekend fun.

I was hoping my budget for a studio/efficiency/room could be approx $500.00/month if possible. How far is it from NYC? Are people friendly towards transplants in NJ? I don't mean to sound ignorant, I'm just trying to find out everything I can about everywhere I am looking!

Any information would be great, thank you so much!!
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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I live in Hackensack.. And are you taling about the Vocational school?.. because that school is very good.

And Main St. is a nice area. you may need a car for traveling to ceratin areas outside of hackensack (depending on where you are) but its not a high priority in hackensack because the bus station on main st. and all the busses that pass through the city.

Hackensack is very diverse. If you rent in Hackensack they may be a lot available near first st. and central. which happens to be the lowest class section of the town. Summit ave and prospect st. is full oft he rich people and then around essex st to main st and along passaic st. is the blue collar/mid-class area..

the low class area isnt that bad. cops are evreywhere near first and central. And the HS is on beech and first and that area is always packed during the day because it's an open campus and a lot of the kids hang out after school in that area.

You will like it here. Very mixed culturally, they're a lot of Whites, a lot of Blacks, and a lot of hispanics.

Not far at all from NYC, when you get oft he GWB from NYC one of the first signs lead to the Hackensack area. about a 7 mile drive to the bridge.

oo and 500$/mo is not goin to be easy to find at all... maybe 700-900 is a range for a studio.

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: N.E. I-95 corridor
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You will like it here. Very mixed culturally, they're a lot of Whites, a lot of Blacks, and a lot of hispanics.
are there still many italians esp. old school italians in Hackensack nowadays?
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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are there still many italians esp. old school italians in Hackensack nowadays?
No, not that many.. i mean there is old fashioned ones but they're old and only few.
There is a good amount of Italians in Maywood, Rochelle Park, and S. Hackensack..

im only half an italian in hackensack.

South Hackensack has always been full of italians and still is, so if you mean by that then yea..
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:50 AM
 
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No, not that many.. i mean there is old fashioned ones but they're old and only few.
There is a good amount of Italians in Maywood, Rochelle Park, and S. Hackensack..

im only half an italian in hackensack.

South Hackensack has always been full of italians and still is, so if you mean by that then yea..

Yeah, plenty of Italians in S. Hackensack, and lot's of food, you have tony's or Mama Martino's or Teggiano's or Parisi's, you get the idea.
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