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Old 04-21-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Will be moving out of Manhattan to save some $$. Will be looking for a studio for 1,000/month. I do not own a car. I will not be commuting into Manhattan (semi-retired). Both these neighborhoods seem to have what I'm looking for: relatively safe, affordable, and close to a main drag with bars, restaurants, delis, pizza places, bodegas, and so on, like 3rd or 4th Ave in Bay Ridge or Broadway in Astoria. Anyone have an opinion on the differences between these two neighborhoods?
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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I think Bay Ridge is a much nicer neighborhood than Astoria with a much more vibrant shopping district and better parks,etc.Astoria is a lot more convenient to Manhattan so it might depend on your lifestyle.
In Bay Ridge there is less need to go anywhere so if you only want to go to Manhattan a few times a week I'd pick Bay Ridge.If you feel a need to be in Manhattan every day then it gets more difficult I guess.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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Astoria has the much better commute, but other than that both neighborhoods have a similar vibe. Both are very "old school New York", family-type neighborhoods, yet both also have an influx of youngish professional types.

Bay Ridge has a slightly more "suburban" feel to it.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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I think Bay Ridge feels a bit more upscale. There are some great restaurants in both places. Astoria is a bit edgier, more urban - but not in a negative way. If I didn't need to go into the city much or have any other reason for choosing one location or the other such as where my friends live or how often I might travel out of town via airports or routes south or north, etc., then I would probably choose Bay Ridge for its peaceful nature and proximity to the waterfront area.

It's a great time of year to spend a few days in each place, exploring, walking, eating, shopping. That should help you decide.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Take the commute to the city out of the equation and I’d say Bay Ridge hands down. Although, I really like Astoria as well. Architecturally, Bay Ridge is very diverse. Some areas near the Bay have incredibly huge homes and a true suburban feel. But, for the the most part Bay Ridge feels more urban than not.

I live right on 3rd in the 90’s and love the amenities of the neighborhood. The whole 3rd Ave. strip from 69th to 95th has everything you can imagine including some very good restaurants. In addition to the 3rd Ave. shopping, there’s a lot happening on 5th and 86th Street as well.

You indicated you were looking for a studio for $1K. There shouldn’t be too much of a problem finding a nice place for that price.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Bay Ridge has the best shopping/business area of any neighborhood in the city outside of Manhattan that isn't a mall. It even has a Century 21.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: War World!
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I think Bay Ridge is a much nicer neighborhood than Astoria with a much more vibrant shopping district and better parks,etc.Astoria is a lot more convenient to Manhattan so it might depend on your lifestyle.
In Bay Ridge there is less need to go anywhere so if you only want to go to Manhattan a few times a week I'd pick Bay Ridge.If you feel a need to be in Manhattan every day then it gets more difficult I guess.

I don't know about MUCH nicer but its definitely nicer. However, I do like Astoria very much are even about the same.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Thanks for the replies. I also see that there was a similiar thread. I must have missed it when I searched for one://www.city-data.com/forum/new-y...bay-ridge.html

Bay Ridge is lookin' good for me. It's either that or move out of NYC alltogether. From the other forums, I've been looking at Winston-Salem, NC. But I think I will end up in Bay Ridge!
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Astoria, hands down.n The diversity, shops, restaurants. But best of all, just minutes to the city.
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