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Old 04-02-2011, 10:06 PM
 
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Hey all,

My fiance and I are moving to NYC within a couple months - any advice would be much appreciated.

I'll be working from home mostly and will have to be in Midtown Manhattan about once a week and my fiance is unemployed so commute won't matter.

Manhattan is too expensive, and Brooklyn also seems expensive and a little too hipster-ish, so we've decided that Queens is where we want to live. We want to have fairly easy access by subway to Manhattan and Brookyln, and want to live in a neighborhood where everything we need is within walking distance.

The neighborhood we live in Seattle now has some bars, restaurants, grocery stores, hardware store, drug store etc all within easy walking distance, but it's a good 5 or 6 miles from downtown and not super hectic.

I know NYC is completely different and way more urban in general, but I guess the relative equivalent is what we're looking for.

As for price, we want a 2 bedroom and would want to spend $2000/month max, hopefully closer to $1600.

So far, we've looked into Astoria and Woodside and they seem like they might fit the bill. Are we on the right track? Any other neighborhoods people would suggest?

Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:50 AM
 
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I suggest Astoria, Woodside & Sunnyside.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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You can also try Jackson Heights. Living in Jackson Heights - NY Times 2011

My top three choices would be Astoria, Sunnyside and Jackson Heights.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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I recommend Astoria.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Thanks, appreciate the input so far - any other recommendations that aren't on our radar?

So far we are leaning towards Sunnyside. Overall, how are the grocery stores and nightlife there? Would it be pretty easy to find a couple of neighborhood bars? Are there a good number of grocery stores?
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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Sunnyside
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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Yes you're on the right track.

My recommendations echo most of the rest (in order of personal preference);

Astoria
Long island city
Sunnyside
Woodside

And I'll trow Forest Hills in the mix, just because it's one of my fav. Queens neighborhoods.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Forest Hills.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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Forest Hills.
Forest Hills and Rego Park.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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I'll second all the Queens choices mentioned so far, and put an emphasis on the Ditmars portion of Astoria which is somewhat more affordable than the rest of Astoria in ways because it is further out from Manhattan (but that's fine since you won't be going into the city very often). The Ditmars area has wonderful shops and restaurants and the fantastic Astoria Park.

I'll also add that if you're going for the most bang for your buck while still having easy access to midtown manhattan, parts of the Bronx can give you some good neighborhoods and a good lot of space for very low prices. It's a bit of a haul to get into Brooklyn, the public schools are generally crap, and don't expect to partake in much nightlife in Manhattan either, but if those aren't anywhere near necessities for you, then the Bronx can be your friend. Also, if you're going to be commuting to the western portions of Manhattan, then I'd proffer Morningside, Washington Heights, and Inwood within Manhattan as possibilities.
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