Where are my Manhattanites?

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    Feb 26, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    Seriously planning a move to Manhattan this year and had some questions

    What neighborhood do you live in? What do you like and dislike about your neighborhood?
  • NYCguy74

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    Feb 26, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    I'm a former Manhattanite. I'm out in Brooklyn now, like it much better. Moved about a year ago

    I was way uptown, Broadway and Dyckman (equivalent of 200th).

    Pros:
    *Cheap rent
    *big apartments ( i was paying 1100 for a big 2 bed, but my roommate had been there a while)
    *2 trains - A & 1 -so at least when one was down, i had an option.

    Cons:
    *Not much in the way of nightlife or restaurants i was interested in
    *tended to be pretty loud at night, people hung out on the streets and cranked their car stereos to listen to
    *Quite a ways from anything i wanted to do, a little more than 30 minutes to columbus circle, so anything south of that was even longer.


    now I'm out in (east) williamsburg, Graham stop on the L,

    It's more expensive, expect to pay 1400-1500 for a studio or 1 bedroom.

    There's a lot more to do around here, restaurants and bars. I've even got a boy bar (metropolitan) in less than a 10 minute walk. plus the whole neighborhood is "friendly"
    It's about 15 minutes to union square, even less to the east village, even more restaurants and bars, and also movie theatres, whole foods, and other stores.
    Only takes me 25 minutes to get to Rock center, which is great.

    When the L goes down, it sucks to get into the city, you either hope to catch a cab and pay $20-25 or practice all the letters and numbers you learned on sesame street by taking 4 trains and 3 time longer to get where you want to go.

    It's still cheaper to get a cab to here than to my old place from midtown by about $5-10

    I've also got a friend who lives in hells kitchen, Lots of stuff to do, great restaurants, he works in theatre, so 10 minute walk to work, but he's paying like 1600 for a small 1 bedroom, it's a 5th floor walkup

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    Feb 26, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    I'm in the East Village with my partner. He's had our apartment for 15 years and it's rent stabilized (i.e. cheap). I imagine it would be pretty expensive to move into the East Village now. Renovated apartments in our building go for $2,000 to $3,000/month I believe.

    I love the area though and it's very easy to get to wherever I want to go. I can walk to the doctor, eye doctor, grocery store, and gym when I feel like walking. I can also walk to several movie theaters, bookstores, clothing stores, etc.

    The downside to the neighborhood is that it's turning into an extension of NYU and a destination party spot for kids who act like they are on Jersey Shore. We have a huge number of bars and our apartment faces two of the worst. There's a lot of screaming and yelling on the weekends or when one of the bars has unlimited drinks.

    I used to live on 162nd and one block west of Broadway. Washington Heights/Inwood has a lot of larger cheaper apartments, but it can take forever to get downtown if the trains are running slowly. There weren't as many places to eat and shop, either.

    Brooklyn has some great areas and I wouldn't mind living there (Park Slope, Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens, etc.).
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    Feb 26, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    ChinaTown..in Manhattan

    - a great studio garden apartment facing a beautiful interior courtyard park
    - tons of inexpensive restaurants and farmers markets.......food and produce is fresh and about half the cost of anyplace else.
    - people mind their own business.....I don't live in a predominately gay or hip area and I can be anonymous when I want to
    - the rent is ridiculously low and less than what most people could ever imagine
    - trains, buses and taxis are a stones throw away
    - the electricity is included in the monthly fees so my airconditioner is always on full force.
    - its a great neighborhood to bring a date with lots of places to go exploring.
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    Feb 28, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. For a while I have had my heart set on Chelsea or the West Villagebut they're absurdly expensive. Only alternative to get something decent in that area is to get a roommate. Never done that before and I am probably too old for it.icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 28, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    You gotta do what you gotta do to live here. I had four roommates when I first moved here, and I was 42, so you're not too old to have one. You could check out subleases on Craigslist, too, and do that till you find a place or situation you like. I have a friend who's been subleasing for a couple of years now from actors who are doing road shows. Sometimes you just have to get here and take whatever you can till you can sort it out and find out what works best for you. Brooklyn and Queens are much less expensive and have some great neighborhoods.
  • jgymnast733

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    Mar 01, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    I'm on the west side along central park and yes it's costly....
    I love the fact that i dont need a car to live in manhattan, taxi's and the subway system gets me around just fine..I love the fact that i can do anything i want whenever i want..
    I DISLIKE;;;
    How some people fail to clean up after their dogs,
    How some people lack basic manners and then have the nerve to think their somehow superior...
    How some taxi drivers talk on their cells' and forget the destination you've told them...
    I LOVE THIS CITY, i'm blessed to have a great job, a dream apartment, wonderful friends and neighbors and the rambles infront of the musuem of natural history...hehehe.....