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Old 06-05-2007, 10:39 PM
 
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I'm from LA and want to try living in the NYC area. I realize Jersey City isnt in NYC, but its very close right? I want the amentities of NYC withou the price because i am a recent college grad with not that much money. i have a lot though, being from Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey (near Manhattan Beach), but i dont know if it's enough to support myself on a probably a minimun wage job in the lifestyle i'm used to.

i'm looking for an area that is safe, preferrably near a DT of some sort, maybe in a mid-/high-rise condo or apartment complex.

do you think i will get the whole NYC feel from Jersey City or should i just go for NYC for a shorter time and then go back with family LA?

the main thing is safety though. i would rather pay double or triple for a safer neighborhood.

thanks for any replies, opinions, and ideas
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:57 AM
 
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The whole damn NYC metro is expensive, not just the city. Jersey city is it's own city. It has safe areas and high crime areas. The trick to find a decent area with easy access to transit, for a good price.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Jackson Heights, NY
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Also, yeah, everything is expensive . . . try Pennsylvania! LOL!

All joking aside . . . you can find "deals" with roommates, etc. in Queens, Brooklyn, Washington Heights and Union City, NJ (which is closest to NYC -- 7 minutes, I believe).

I'm in Queens (Jackson Heights), the area is fine, great food (it's mostly a Spanish area [I'm white] and not too far an Indian area [more great food]). Still, we are mixed here -- all the signs are in Spanish and you get used to it and I see quite a few African-American's, Asian people, Indians and Caucasions here, too; with the strongest influx being Hispanic. Thus, no worries about it.

Roommates in this area . . . you know, you moving into someone's "room for rent" run from $400 to $1,000 a month. I know, because I pay $400!!! It exists and in the past I've lived in Manhattan (Chelsea and paid $500 a month -- in a roommate situation; but it was a TINY ROOM). Here, in Queens, I have some square feet, a huge living room, two other roommates (each of us with our own rooms), a separate kitchen and a foyer. It can be found!

Where? Try college bulletin boards, the Village Voice personal ads under "Roommates", roommate services, friends or just walking around an area and checking the windows of buildings! I see signs here ALL THE TIME reading, "Room for Rent" call etc. . . .

You just have to look for it . . . I even know some people who have secured rooms in Manhattan in great neighborhoods for $700 to $1,500 a month. Again, these are shares . . . not apartments by yourself.

If you work here, in NYC, temporary jobs (depending on your experience) in office work pay from $15.00 to $25.00 an hour. Not always easy to get, but once your secure work, pay is better here due to the high cost of living.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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How much is the commute time from Jackson Heights to Wall Street/
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:17 PM
 
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Jersey City is mostly pretty safe. The unsafe areas are generally not near the PATH so you probably wouldn't end up there anyway. However Jersey City is dreary and ugly to look at, with decaying buildings. The downtown near Grove and Exchangle Place is very expensive. I went back to look for an apartment in near Journal Square in 2001 and even they had become more expensive--at least $800/mo. for anything decent, and not that close to PATH. I don't know what it's like now. Whatever you do don't bring a car there without having secured off street parking first.




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I'm from LA and want to try living in the NYC area. I realize Jersey City isnt in NYC, but its very close right? I want the amentities of NYC withou the price because i am a recent college grad with not that much money. i have a lot though, being from Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey (near Manhattan Beach), but i dont know if it's enough to support myself on a probably a minimun wage job in the lifestyle i'm used to.

i'm looking for an area that is safe, preferrably near a DT of some sort, maybe in a mid-/high-rise condo or apartment complex.

do you think i will get the whole NYC feel from Jersey City or should i just go for NYC for a shorter time and then go back with family LA?

the main thing is safety though. i would rather pay double or triple for a safer neighborhood.

thanks for any replies, opinions, and ideas
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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Whatever you do don't bring a car there without having secured off street parking first.
why is that. car theft or no parking?
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:33 PM
 
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both--Jersey City and Newark used to have a reputation as the car theft capitals of the US (I think it's gotten better though). However parking there is generally a nightmare.

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why is that. car theft or no parking?
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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both--Jersey City and Newark used to have a reputation as the car theft capitals of the US (I think it's gotten better though). However parking there is generally a nightmare.
so how is newark? does it have the night life of JC and the proximity to the NYC nightlife? is it safe?

i read somewhere that Modesto and Merced, CA (both in central valley) have the highest car theft rates in the country
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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I think Newark near the train stations is safe but as a whole Newark is NOT considered safe--it's not someplace you would want to go aimlessly walking around at night. But supposedly it is changing so if you choose carefully you could find a cheaper apt there than other places. I don't know think there's much nightlife there.

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so how is newark? does it have the night life of JC and the proximity to the NYC nightlife? is it safe?

i read somewhere that Modesto and Merced, CA (both in central valley) have the highest car theft rates in the country
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah I wouldn't reccomend Newark for someone not familiar with the area. Newark is overwhelmingly an African-American city. North Newark isn't too bad. Mostly black people live there in what used to be a large Italian neighborhood (no longer).

There is only one white neighborhood in Newark, which is the Ironbound. This neighborhood is filled with people from Portugal and Brazil, so if you are not a Portuguese speaker you will have problems fitting in.
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