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Old 04-23-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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Hi I'm 22 yrs old and just got a job in NYC. I don't know anyone living there, so I need to find a studio/1 bedroom around $1500/month. I know this will be difficult and I don't mind living in less trendy neighborhoods, but I want to make sure I'm in a safer neighborhood. My job is in Times Square so somewhere that provides an easy commute is better.

I'm looking mainly in Brooklyn because it's more affordable and I know with my limited budget I would never be able to live in Manhattan. Any advice on the best neighborhoods would be great! Also any websites you may know of for apartment hunting would be helpful!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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I'm looking mainly in Brooklyn because it's more affordable and I know with my limited budget I would never be able to live in Manhattan. Any advice on the best neighborhoods would be great! Also any websites you may know of for apartment hunting would be helpful!

Things I learned today: Brooklyn is cheaper and closer to times square than Queens.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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Move to Bed stuy, you can get a one bedrrom for $1100. Go to craigslist.org. or try downtown Bk or park slope.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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as a 22 year old just moving to the city and looking for safety, idk bed stuy would be the best place for him/her...i've personally never been to nyc at all...however, i do have a friend there and he lives in the bed-stuy area. i told him i thought it was unsafe and he said the part he stays in isn't that dangerous, but then his definition of seedy was probably different than mine seeing as too he was born and raised in new york. then he says, "even still, i wouldn't recommend you move there at all, there are other areas that are better suited for you in the city".
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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as a 22 year old just moving to the city and looking for safety, idk bed stuy would be the best place for him/her...i've personally never been to nyc at all...however, i do have a friend there and he lives in the bed-stuy area. i told him i thought it was unsafe and he said the part he stays in isn't that dangerous, but then his definition of seedy was probably different than mine seeing as too he was born and raised in new york. then he says, "even still, i wouldn't recommend you move there at all, there are other areas that are better suited for you in the city".
You might want to refrain from giving neighborhood advice if you have never been to NYC.

A $1500/month budget will certainly get you something on the nicer side in Queens or Brooklyn, especially if you are open to a studio. Times Square is actually a decent area to have to commute to, as there are trains in both Queens and Brooklyn that would offer a one-train commute (take it from someone with a two trains and a bus commute, one train commutes are heaven). There are tons of threads on Brooklyn neighborhoods. Go for a search, tons of info to be seen.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Hi I'm 22 yrs old and just got a job in NYC. I don't know anyone living there, so I need to find a studio/1 bedroom around $1500/month. I know this will be difficult and I don't mind living in less trendy neighborhoods, but I want to make sure I'm in a safer neighborhood. My job is in Times Square so somewhere that provides an easy commute is better.

I'm looking mainly in Brooklyn because it's more affordable and I know with my limited budget I would never be able to live in Manhattan. Any advice on the best neighborhoods would be great! Also any websites you may know of for apartment hunting would be helpful!
from what i see park slope seems like it will fit your budget. i will have a budget of about 1500-2000 for a one bedroom as well, and i got a lot of hits online for apartments in that range, so i can imagine there are many more actually available but just not advertised online.

i would recommend these sites for apartment hunting:

Brownstoner: Brooklyn Real Estate and Renovation (specific to brooklyn, it's a website that you can get a bit more information about brooklyn as a whole)

No Fee NY Apartments from Urban Edge

StreetEasy: Find New York City Apartments For Sale & Manhattan Real Estate To Own (i think someone on the site recommended this to someone else in another thread)

NYC Apartments: Thousands of Apartment Rentals, Including No-Fee (same as above)

and to help you figure out transit times from a particular area or a specific address to your job/other places of interest:

511NY. Get Connected to Go.

mta.info | Home Page

i'm planning to move there as well, and these are some of the resources i've come across. if you read through the first two pages of the forum you should find a long thread meant to help those moving to nyc, a thread i started, and at least two others. you'll find all kinds of advice, links, stories, etc. may i also suggest that when you have a few areas that pique your interest you come back to the forum and search for the area/street and i'm sure you'll find a thread (or two) where people are asking for other's opinion on the area. also i would recommend you look up the crime statistics for the area. most importantly i would suggest you visit the city and get a feel for some parts of brooklyn before you make the move.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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No way. $1500 in Park Slope is a bargain find and is rare. Anything that is advertised as Park Slope for that price is almost certainly NOT in true Park Slope. Park Slope is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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You might want to refrain from giving neighborhood advice if you have never been to NYC.

A $1500/month budget will certainly get you something on the nicer side in Queens or Brooklyn, especially if you are open to a studio. Times Square is actually a decent area to have to commute to, as there are trains in both Queens and Brooklyn that would offer a one-train commute (take it from someone with a two trains and a bus commute, one train commutes are heaven). There are tons of threads on Brooklyn neighborhoods. Go for a search, tons of info to be seen.
i'm not sure if you read past the "i've personally never lived in nyc", but i go on to say that a friend that lives in bed-stuy (a born and raised new yorker, btw) had a conversation with me about the area. i simply gave a summarized version of our conversation. as a person that is currently planning a move i felt i would share this information with the OP. idk if he/she plans on visiting the city before the move, but i would hate for them to move to that area, completely blind to the reality.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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No way. $1500 in Park Slope is a bargain find and is rare. Anything that is advertised as Park Slope for that price is almost certainly NOT in true Park Slope. Park Slope is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
this is where i step back and say that the websites classify the apartments as park slope. it very well may be on the outskirts or even in a neighboring area, but very close. i've read warnings about that....

i should also note that many of those places were pretty small, but check those websites and put in the search parapets the op mentioned and see if anything comes up.
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