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Old 05-28-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I'm visiting NYC for the first time in August and I'm doing the weekly apartment rentals thing. Just need some advice on areas to look for/avoid, since I'm not from the area, and most info on the internet about this sort of thing seems dated. You guys live there, so you should have the most accurate info.

I'm trying to keep my budget to under $120 a night and I'm finding lots of hits in Astoria and Long Island City, various parts of Brooklyn, and South Bronx/The Hub.

Looking for: access to subway into Manhattan for the touristy things (ideally less than 15-20 minutes to the island) AND/OR ability to walk a bridge into Manhattan, close to grocery stores/markets, safe neighborhood for exploration and walking at night particularly back to the apartment from the subway. The area doesn't need to have hot nightlife (would probably prefer something quieter anyway) or a ton of amenities nearby, aside from subway access and a grocery store.

Astoria seems to appeal most to me, but I am open to suggestions. All things being equal, we'd take a place in Manhattan. We're from Toronto and in our late 20s, so people who look different from us (we're white) isn't a problem-- people are people and they're the same almost everywhere. Washington Heights and Harlem seem to have the cheapest rentals and I'm fine with staying there... as long as the locals would be fine with seeing us there. What's the 411 in 2012 on safe areas/places there where we won't be hassled?

Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Plenty of five star hotels, in the Downtown brooklyn area, as well the Midtown manhattan area. Of course their is tons of smaller hotels by the south half of brooklyn, as well as resteraunts. $40 dollars a night is probably what you are looking for, good luck. Once you are in a five borro, area you should be near to a bus/train line which is 2.50 cents to 5.00 dollars.

New Jersery has some access to the city, but I am not sure of. Long Island has the LIRR, but I am not too sure of access.

Note that bedbugs are still present, along with westnile.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I'm visiting NYC for the first time in August and I'm doing the weekly apartment rentals thing. Just need some advice on areas to look for/avoid, since I'm not from the area, and most info on the internet about this sort of thing seems dated. You guys live there, so you should have the most accurate info.

I'm trying to keep my budget to under $120 a night and I'm finding lots of hits in Astoria and Long Island City, various parts of Brooklyn, and South Bronx/The Hub.

Looking for: access to subway into Manhattan for the touristy things (ideally less than 15-20 minutes to the island) AND/OR ability to walk a bridge into Manhattan, close to grocery stores/markets, safe neighborhood for exploration and walking at night particularly back to the apartment from the subway. The area doesn't need to have hot nightlife (would probably prefer something quieter anyway) or a ton of amenities nearby, aside from subway access and a grocery store.

Thanks.
You can find a hotel in Long Island City (which is near the Queensboro Bridge) within your price range that would meet most of your other criteria.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Have you tried the TripAdvisor forums? I have always had better luck there when visiting a new place. These forums are great for living advice of all kinds, but notsomuch for tourists. Don't mean to steer you away, really I don't, but the TripAdvisor forums are really helpful for visitors.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I haven't used them for this trip, but for foreign destinations I have. I'm not a typical tourist, I plan on visiting all five boroughs and getting a feel for being a local by staying in apartments over hotels and making notes to avoid any and all tourist traps. I tend to immerse myself in the local culture when I travel, even overseas. I'll get joy from walking a tree-lined street in some place I've never been versus waiting in line at MoMA, which is awfully similar to a lot of museums I've been to. I like to browse the city-data forums, I find the information here a little more constructive than elsewhere.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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I think Astoria would work well for you, as would Sunnyside. Just make sure the place is very close to a subway (within 5 minute walk) and you most likely will be fine in terms of neighborhood amenities, safety and commute time. Astoria has the added advantage of being a fun neighborhood to explore on its own.

If you list out some of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn you are finding in your price range, perhaps people could give some feedback. There are many lovely neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but there are also some really crappy ones, and ones that are very far from Manhattan (90 minutes+). If Brooklyn were a city instead of a borough, it would be something like the 4th largest city in the US.

I don't know anything about Washington Heights or the Bronx, so can't advise on those.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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VRBO® is Vacation Rentals By Owner has apartments for cheap

Harlem is not bad at all. It has done a complete 360. What are you into?
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