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Old 08-06-2012, 03:16 AM
 
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A friend is loaning me his townhouse to live in as a temporary respite to get me out of Kentucky. It is an opportunity to live free of charge in NYC and may free me from bondage here in Appalacia. I grew up in Westchester before moving away from the East coast for university and life. I love New York and have visited often, spending most of my time in downtown Manhattan, absorbing everything the Village, Soho, TriBeCa, and Nolita has to offer. Lately, I have become enamored with Brooklyn and the multi cultural and hip gentrification that is "fast forwarding" almost too rapidly. If you turn your head too quickly, you'll miss a neighborhood shed years of gritty armor and take on a new cloak of trendy wine bars and boutiques.

This is all a preface to my trepidation towards moving to Staten Island. I literally know nothing about the place other then the ways to get into Manhattan by ferry and express bus. Being a writer allows me to set my own work hours and I never have a place I must be. What can be told about Staten Island? There must be wonderful Italian and seafood restaurants. Are there bars and watering holes where conversation and interaction are meaningful and provocative? Surrounded by water, there must be beautiful parks and walks that can stimulate a sleeping muse. If anyone can provide me with some salient information, I would greatly appreciate it. This is a traumatic move, and although most likely temporary, may be a last chance to get out of a purgatorial nightmare labeled Louisville, Kentucky. Thank you.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:24 AM
 
Location: NY,NY
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Do a forum search, staten island.

There's even a recent thread, did you miss that?
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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Why would you not do it? Only you can determine if it's a good professional decision, but there's nothing about Staten Island that should keep you from making the move. Depending on where the house is, living there without a car might be a pain, but it's still possible. Personally, even though I live in Manhattan now, I get out on the weekends as much as possible. I'll take the peaceful and down-to-Earth areas of the city over Manhattan's rat races any day. This city has so much more to offer than just SoHo and trendy Brooklyn, and as a writer, I think you'll come to appreciate that. Go for it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:41 AM
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Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Watch some reruns of the TV show "Mob Wives" and you will get a general idea of what Staten Island looks like.The portrayal of life there is a bit exaggerated of course but the streetscapes are not.

I get your self declared ignorance but not the fear.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Staten Island has a lot of oddities on it and is becoming quite diverse. It's a fine place, I feel, though how far from the ferry would you be?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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PM me the area or address and maybe I can give you more info. I've lived here all my almost-49 years. Just like any urban area, there is the good and the bad. It's relatively quiet, but if you post your interests, we may be able to help with that as well.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Yeah SI is really diverse so it would depend on the area you live. The further north you go ending in St. George and the ferry to Manhattan, the more noise, businesses, hustle and bustle you will encounter. The further south you go toward Tottenville, the more quiet and charming SI can become.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Maybe you can partay with Big Ang and the other 'mob wives' while on the isle of staten...lol
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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My fear stems from not knowing a thing about Staten Island and being so used to Downtown Manhattan. I will be living in the Bull's Head area and I will have my car. It would be great to hear from folks what their favorite restaurants, bars, hang outs etc. are, since I literally have no familiarity with the borough and always feel the well publicized places are usually not the best. I have been checking out Jersey City and Hoboken which seem quite close to the Bull's Head area. My tastes run the gamut, but risking sounding like a pretentious jerk, I am well traveled and enjoy an artsy-fartsy kind of scene. Sports bars and beer joints usually are not what floats my boat. The West Village is probably my favorite area of NYC and some of my favorite restaurants are Lupa, Gotham Bar & Grill, Perry Street, Raouls, Saul in Brooklyn, SHO, Frankie's Spuntino;favorite bars include Kettle of Fish, Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn,Zinc Bar in the Village, Arthur's Tavern, Shade, Bar 89; I love water, working out, art, and just hanging out with irreverent people who don't take themselves too seriously and like to laugh. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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Most of threads were about where to live and real estate. In addition, many of the replies were consumed by anger and recrimination revolving around a cultural bias. I always thought New Yorkers were more open to each other and did not become entrenched within a class structure. Thanks
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