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Old 01-18-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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If you can afford a decent place in Park Slope, why not look to a closer-in NJ, Westchester, or LI suburb? You should be able to find an area with good schools, etc., that's a bit closer than Pennsylvania in terms of visiting the city. In Westchester, if you want someplace "artsy," you might consider Hastings-on-Hudson. You may even consider less trendy areas in the city, such as Bayside, Queens, or Riverdale, the Bronx, as both areas have decent schools, yet are not too removed from attractions in the city. I don't think it's an all-or-nothing proposition, Park Slope or Pennsylvania, as there is a middle ground, where you can find decent schools, especially at the middle and high school levels (since that can be a challenge in NYC), unless you were to use a private school in Park Slope.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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You are asking this question of people who have MADE the choice. Most of us live here, in New York City.
On a Pennsylvania forum you will get different answers.

I came from Pennsylvania and it has one overarching thing in its favor: it's CHEAP. But then West Virginia or Mississippi are probably even cheaper. All irrelevant.

But if your JOB is in New York, the commute to Pennsy is an unbelievable nightmare...I'd choose waterboarding instead.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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Sharing a one bed room with a teenager would be hard and the fact that the place in PA is bigger is a huge plus for the suburban place, but I hate the suburbs so I'd still take Park Slope thats actually one of the place I wanna move to when I have a family.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Jamaica, Queens
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which suburb in PA? i just turned 20 and moved to nyc im in queens and as someone who just spent my entire teenage years growing up in PA suburbs right outside of philly, take my advice strongly and DONT do that to your teen. suburbs are really not all there cracked up to be my town was voted the 15th nicest place to live in the country and there were tons of 14 and 15 year old heroin addicts living in 700,000 dollar homes. the boredmn and lack of culture in the suburbs are nothing but trouble when your a teen there so dont do it!
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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Why not a 2-bedroom elsewhere in the city? If it had to be either Park Slope or PA suburbs, I'd choose Park Slope. I don't like the suburbs.
Park Slope is easily one of my favorite nabes in the whole city, but I personally love PA, especially Scranton and Lehigh Valley.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: North NJ by way of Brooklyn, NY
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Park Slope is easily one of my favorite nabes in the whole city, but I personally love PA, especially Scranton and Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley is one of the areas I am considering moving to, I have friends who moved there from Queens in 2010 and love it.

I still say look outside of Park Slope in other parts of Brooklyn or even Queens and get a 2 BR. No teenager will want to share a 1BR with their parent. There are plenty of places that are park accessible that don't cost an arm and a leg. And considering the trains and buses give you access to anywhere, it's more important to find something you will both be happy with in the long run.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:14 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Find another NYC neighborhood. You don't even have to leave Brooklyn. As for quality schools, start getting your tween prepped for the specialized high schools exam or for other public high schools with high admissions requirements. I have known a few ppl who moved to PA and most returned to NYC. I'm wondering why you think that Park Slope is your only option. There are nice neighborhoods all over. Go explore.

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Old 03-15-2015, 02:35 PM
 
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i live in new england ct to be exact i live 2 hours from nyc 2 hours from boston i have family that lives in chester county pa in exton. they live about an hour from philly an hour or so from lancaster, 45 minutes to king of prussia exton is one of the bigger cities.

i love pa more than i love ct i was born and raised in ct but i have always had a love of other states and pa is one of them there is so much to do and see but it also has its drawbacks. some parts of pa its the middle of nowhere you are very far from a big city it gets quiet at night.

but on the other hand pa has so much to see its affordable to live and you get more apartment space for your money


with nyc rent can be sky high depending on where you live, the cheeper apartments have smaller spaces and the more expensive ones have larger spaces but keep in mind nyc also has smaller spaces that are sky high in price and it has to do with location.

yes nyc has everything great but there are also drawbacks i love to visit the city i have family that lives in Manhattan its great to spend a few days or even a day in the city but after a while i feel like id rather be home.

i grew up in a small city on the outskirts of town in a quiet neighborhood and i loved it


what about moving very close to a bigger city in pa where there is more to do so you have both the city life and the quite life at the same time
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:07 AM
 
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Lived in PA for about 5 years. Nah, I would rather be near my routes. I would go live in Brooklyn personally. Assuming I'm single and still in my early 20s.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Harlem, NY
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I wouldn't move to park slope. It's not even hot. Now had ya said downtown Brooklyn in one of the new towers Id consider it
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