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Old 07-04-2013, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Years ago I lived in Chicago in Lakeview/Wrigleyville/Boystown and loved it (my neighborhood was the only thing I loved about Chicago, but I digress). Can anyone think of a comparable neighborhood in or near NYC (preferably not in Manhattan)? I loved the residential feel, the low-rise buildings and the cute and funky shops, coffee spots, restaurants and bookstores around every corner. Now I live in Fresh Meadows, which is residential and has mostly low-rise buildings, but there's nothing cute or funky about it. Any thoughts? Just wondering what's out there.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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East and West Village I think fit your description
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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That's what I was thinking, but I'm hoping to get some ideas outside of Manhattan.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Try the Brooklyn brownstone nabes. All have different vibes, but one might put you in mind ofparts of Lakeview, llike Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, or Prospect Heights, Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill. (These last three have considerably more black folks than you'd find living in most of Lakeview.)

The Wrigleyville thing is sort of fratty and young, and I'd be hard-pressed to name a place in Brooklyn that feels a lot eee like that, though some such bars be found everyhwere. It will be interesting to see what restaurant/bar/entertainment options will develop aroun the Barcflay's Center. Its just that the college frat boy thing isn't really a Brooklyn staple, so much as the Brooklyn hipster thing is becoming one. I dont know what neighborhood in Chicago Williamsburgh would be like.

BUt all of the neighborhoods first mentioned would have what you might be looking for as they're mostly low-rise, relatively upscale,with interesting retail and restaurant scenes, but all with, as I say, different personalities.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Eew! Okay, definitely do NOT want a frat-boy vibe. I must have blocked that out when I lived there. Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Earth
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This is more like it.

Chicago's Milwaukee and North Damen intersection
http://goo.gl/maps/pp7c3

http://goo.gl/maps/G7uOz

reminds me of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn minus the terminal
http://goo.gl/maps/ez24b
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Between the Bays
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This is more like it.

Chicago's Milwaukee and North Damen intersection
http://goo.gl/maps/pp7c3

http://goo.gl/maps/G7uOz

reminds me of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn minus the terminal
http://goo.gl/maps/ez24b
That first intersection looks like it could get chaotic to cross.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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That first intersection looks like it could get chaotic to cross.
It can be. This neighborhood outside of downtown Chicago is the closest thing to Brooklyn even though some of the streets are wider. I like to drive under the EL tracks with shops lined up on both sides. The only borough I haven't toured off the beaten path is the Bronx. Brooklyn and Queens look pretty active at street level. I like visiting both cities for my chaotic urban fix and listen to old school house and hip hop. The crazier the better.
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