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Old 02-09-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Are there any neighborhoods as cheap as Jamaica and Hollis but a little more safer? And is Queens affordable on a 40-50K salary?
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I make 46k and I do just fine in my own 1 bedroom apartment on the border of Astoria/Jackson Heights. I used to live in Maspeth, which is more affordable but the transportation stinks in that area.
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:15 PM
 
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Oh..i see...i heard Jackson Heights/Astoria was really expensive though...if you don't mind me asking...how much rent do you pay? And is your neighborhood safe? Thanks Rachel
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I pay $750 for a 1 bedroom apartment by myself, which is really a steal. I just happened to get lucky finding this. My landlord is a nice old man not looking to make a big profit, which is unlike most landlords. I found it through craigslist. There was a broker's fee (1 month's rent), but worth it. Another apartment I looked at (for 750) was in a more congested area of Astoria right by the Steinway stop on the R,V,G line. That's a more popular area, but more crowded. The area I live in isn't as expensive since it isn't as close to all the action of Astoria. I'm about a 5 minute bus ride/12 minute walk from the N/W line.

It's a nice neighborhood and I don't feel unsafe. The neighborhood seems to be mostly older people (70s, 80s, who have been locals for years) and young professionals not originally from NY. This area isn't nearly as crowded as a lot of Queens, but at the same time, I like how I can walk 10 minutes to central Astoria with all the shopping.

Just keep looking at craigslist. Don't be in a big rush to get a place, and check out the apartments that seem too good to be true (I thought mine was, but it was actually really nice for the price). Do a search for upper ditmars, that's where I am. I don't know if you'll find too many though right now, since it's winter. Come spring and summer and you'll find more probably.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Coincidentially, I'm looking on craigslist too! Hope to find a great deal like yours.
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