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Old 02-22-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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My wife and I are possibly moving to NYC for a job relocation.

We've got cats, but no children, and we're looking for a nice place to live that isn't too incredibly expensive but safe. I've never actually been to NYC before, so I'm not very familiar with the layout.


The location of my new job will be on West 25th Street, so I don't know how realistic it is to find a place at most an hour commute from door to door.


My total income is about 100k a year total.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks,

Mike
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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I'm thinking that you might want to look in Brooklyn. Don't bring a car and you'll save a ton of money. You don't need a car here.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:45 AM
 
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If your income is $100K, then you can spend up to $2500 a month on your rent (the general formula is that your yearly income is 40x the monthly rent).

You can definitely get a commute within an hour, it all depends on what your requirements are. The cats may be the one sticking point, but a lot of people in NYC have cats or small dogs, so it's not impossible, just might require extra searching.

For $2500, you can get a one bedroom in just about any part of Manhattan, but it may be smaller or not as recently renovated as you may hope for. You could probably get a nice 1-2 bedroom in one of the better Brooklyn neighborhoods, but again, nice depends on your taste/requirements. If you wife is going to look for a job once she gets here, her job can push you over the threshold from decent apartment to nice apartment.

On your budget, I would check out the UWS between 96th & 110th, Amsterdam to Riverside Drive. It's about 20 minutes or so to the 23rd St. 1 stop. There are lots of neighborhoods in Brooklyn that would fit your budget- are you more interested in bars and places to go out, or are you looking for a quiet, tree lined neighborhood?
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies.

Viralmd - Yea, I have 2 cars currently, but I didn't expect to need one there, so I was planning on dropping them off at my brothers place before heading up there.


StinaTado - Yea I assumed to pay between 2500-3200 a month for rent. I guess I'm going to have to get accustomed to the size of the apartments there vs a place here in Houston.

I figured it would take some looking to get my cats in, but I just can't part with them, so I'm willing to search for a place that will accept them.

And yes, my wife will also be transfering from her old job to a new one, she's a manager in retail, so it won't be an issue for her to relocate.

Oh and I do like bars, but I can assume there will be some around the area I work, which is fine. As far as home, I like quiet neighborhoods over super busy, so that would definitely be a preference but not an ultimatum.

I'll check out those areas you've mentioned and hopefully my new answers have helped narrow the search.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Wait, is the 100K just for you or for you and your wife? If it's for both of you, you won't qualify for an apartment for more than $2500 a month. If it's just you and your wife is making at least an extra $20,000 a year, then you'll have plenty of options and can in live just about any neighborhood you want. I'm partial to the UWS because I work there, live there, and love being close to the park. I find it to be quieter than downtown but still quick and easy to get everywhere. No matter where you live, you won't have nearly as much space as you do now, obviously, but you can still get a nice, centrally located place for $3000. The pay-off is that you won't spend as much time at home either because there are more things to do.
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