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Old 08-13-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Hi folks--

My husband and I are moving to NYC in December and will be on a tight budget. We'd like to spend under $1500 for a 1-bedroom, preferably closer to $1300. We're not super picky, but our basic criteria is that our place 1) not be a closet, 2) not be decrepit, 3) have a usable kitchen, 4) be reasonably close to Manhattan and w/in city limits, 5) have at least some restaurants, bars, and commerce catering to young professionals, and 5) not be in a dangerous* area. (Obviously, a neighborhood's safety is subjective, but what we mean is an area that most young, urban professionals who are used to city living would be comfortable with)

So, that being said, here's the short list of areas we are of aware of that we think could work with our budget and criteria:

-Greenpoint, Brooklyn
-Astoria, Queens
-Washington Heights
-Inwood
-maybe Harlem (not sure we're comfortable with being part of the gentrification wave going on there, though...)

Any other neighborhoods you'd recommend we consider? Any thoughts, comments, insight on the places already on the list?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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Greenpoint is going to be very difficult for $1300. Perhaps $1500 will get you something decent - I don't really know. I do know that my friend recently found a place for $1250 in Greenpoint very close to the G train and it IS a "closet" (no kitchen counter, no living room, etc. - just a very basic 2-room studio with the kitchen appliances on one wall in the second room).

Perhaps if you are willing to live in Greenpoint over by the bridge or much further from transportation, you can find something for that range. Also it's possible that bumping from $1300 to $1500 would give you many more options than what my friend was seeing, since she wasn't able to go above $1300.

In Queens, I would add Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights and Forest Hills to that list, however, Astoria is probably best for restaurants and bars.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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All in Brooklyn, I'd add Sunset Park east of 5th avenue, Bay Ridge, and Bed-Stuy around the Bedford-Nostrand G stop (I've spent some time in the area and initially being quite scared am perfectly fine there at all hours, though I rarely take the subway in/out of there). And probably Clinton Hill, too but I am not personally a fan of the area, so I have no info there. You may be able to find a deal in Greenwood Heights/South Park Slope, between 17th-26th streets (I rent a 2BR for $1400 here) or Kennsington. It also depends on where you're commuting to. Takes me about 40-50 minutes to get to the 50s in Midtown from the Prospect Ave R train, for example.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I would second Sunnyside....especially Sunnyside Gardens. Sunnyside feels like a small town within the city providing all sorts of ethnic cuisine and plenty of pubs, groceries, laundry etc. The commute to Manhattan is 15-20 minutes. It is also a very safe neighborhood. It is a very affordable hood as well. You can easily find 1 bedrooms between 1250 and 1500.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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Greenpoint is going to be very difficult for $1300. Perhaps $1500 will get you something decent - I don't really know. I do know that my friend recently found a place for $1250 in Greenpoint very close to the G train and it IS a "closet" (no kitchen counter, no living room, etc. - just a very basic 2-room studio with the kitchen appliances on one wall in the second room).

Perhaps if you are willing to live in Greenpoint over by the bridge or much further from transportation, you can find something for that range. Also it's possible that bumping from $1300 to $1500 would give you many more options than what my friend was seeing, since she wasn't able to go above $1300.

In Queens, I would add Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights and Forest Hills to that list, however, Astoria is probably best for restaurants and bars.
In Queens, I would add Rego Park to the above list.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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Hi folks--

My husband and I are moving to NYC in December and will be on a tight budget. We'd like to spend under $1500 for a 1-bedroom, preferably closer to $1300. We're not super picky, but our basic criteria is that our place 1) not be a closet, 2) not be decrepit, 3) have a usable kitchen, 4) be reasonably close to Manhattan and w/in city limits, 5) have at least some restaurants, bars, and commerce catering to young professionals, and 5) not be in a dangerous* area. (Obviously, a neighborhood's safety is subjective, but what we mean is an area that most young, urban professionals who are used to city living would be comfortable with)

So, that being said, here's the short list of areas we are of aware of that we think could work with our budget and criteria:

-Greenpoint, Brooklyn
-Astoria, Queens
-Washington Heights
-Inwood
-maybe Harlem (not sure we're comfortable with being part of the gentrification wave going on there, though...)

Any other neighborhoods you'd recommend we consider? Any thoughts, comments, insight on the places already on the list?

Thanks in advance for your help!
lets start with this question: do you know what neighborhood you and your husband will be working in when you move here?
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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you have one advantage moving to NYC, you will be comparing the night life whereever you end up to Hyde Park

"my life needs a spark, get me out of Hyde Park"
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: The Bronx but from The Height$
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Hi folks--

My husband and I are moving to NYC in December and will be on a tight budget. We'd like to spend under $1500 for a 1-bedroom, preferably closer to $1300. We're not super picky, but our basic criteria is that our place 1) not be a closet, 2) not be decrepit, 3) have a usable kitchen, 4) be reasonably close to Manhattan and w/in city limits, 5) have at least some restaurants, bars, and commerce catering to young professionals, and 5) not be in a dangerous* area. (Obviously, a neighborhood's safety is subjective, but what we mean is an area that most young, urban professionals who are used to city living would be comfortable with)

So, that being said, here's the short list of areas we are of aware of that we think could work with our budget and criteria:

-Greenpoint, Brooklyn
-Astoria, Queens
-Washington Heights
-Inwood
-maybe Harlem (not sure we're comfortable with being part of the gentrification wave going on there, though...)

Any other neighborhoods you'd recommend we consider? Any thoughts, comments, insight on the places already on the list?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Astoria is pretty cheap. Washington Heights and Inwood is not a yuppie neighborhood at all. Its mainly lower-income Dominicans. Harlem is changing, it still has very dangerous sections, so be careful in choosing the part of Harlem you want to live in. Be prepared to have racist or hateful remarks yelled at you, depending on the section you live in.
I can't help you with Greenpoint.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It still amazes me that people at the very bottom of the rental market for NYC don't even consider the Bronx, even though that is exactly where you find the best and biggest apartments for the buck.

All of the neighborhoods mentioned so far are great but it should alsp interest you that for 1,300 in many decent Bronx neighborhoods you will find a huge 2br apartment that is totally renovated with a new kitchen and new bath,newly refinished floors,newly painted,etc.Not a closet or a dump.A similar 1 br is around 1,000 or 1000 or so..
I would think people would at least look so they actually know what they can actually get for their money if it's that tight.
Yes,you will likely have a longer trip to Manhattan ( by about 15 minutes) if that is your primary concern but at least you will be making an informed decision.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Do you have a car?

If not, try to stretch your commute a bit, with Parkchester, Bronx (40 minutes door to door to midtown, 50 to Lower Manhattan). 1BR's around $950, 2BR $1100. Nice sized 2BR's and tons of shopping amenities. You could cab or take the Bx40 or 42 to Throggs Neck, for some good restaurants and nightlife.

BTW....Parkchester's a shorter commute to Mid or Lower Manhattan than Inwood.
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