(Closed) NWR: Moving to Carroll Gardens, Maybe, Advice and Help Welcome!!

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ooh, that’s a really nice part of Brooklyn! I’d suggest also looking in Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill… Those parts of Brooklyn are so integrated, people call them BoCoCa. There is also a lot of new constructiondin Downtown Brooklyn, so you might want to think about looking there too! I think $3k is definitely doable. A broker is close to inevitable, especially if you are looking for a place with more amenities like a w/d or balcony. Check out apartment listings on Craigslist and call the brokers listed for apartments you are interested in. You can also Google for management companies for buildings like Be @ Schermerhorm and contact them directly to ask if they have openings. 

The reason I suggest new construction is because a lot of the housing stock in CG is older two family houses and brownstones that probably won’t have laundry facilities or balconies. (though you might score a great backyard!) But generally, Craigslist is a good place to start. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with the PP – see if you can find some buildings you like, and you might be able to skip the broker fee by talking to their management directly.  

I have actually never made it to Carroll Gardens, but I’ve heard only good things 🙂  And being in NY is just awesome hehe

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@RnbwznPuppies:  Barclay’s Center is really more at the intersection of Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene. It probably is going to be sort of crazy! I live in Prospect Heights and we are not looking forward to the stadium opening… But there are enough great things about this neighborhood to justify staying here. 

I’ve lived in NYC for a decade and have never lived in a building with laundry! We currently load up our granny cart and go to the laundromat together. Sometimes FI and I make it into a date night and hang out at a nearby bar between cycles. There are also plenty of laundry services that will pick up and drop off. 

HPD has an online lookup where you can check to see how many violations a building has received in the last few years… Run your addresses through there, and also check the bedbug registry!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you have a car and are planning on keeping it, and parking on the street, I highly recommend moving to a neighborhood with one day a week street cleaning, not two. Not sure about Carroll Gardens, but Park Slope has one day a week and it is so much easier to move the car one day week than two. Of course if you’re going to put it in a garage then no problem 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@RnbwznPuppies:  Oh, then you will love CG! Check out Court Street Pastry, Monteleone’s Bakery and Esposito’s Pork Store… They have the best sandwiches ever. And once you get settled in, take some trips to Gravesend and Bensonhurst for even more old school Italian goodies!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@RnbwznPuppies:  I don’t know if there’s a really good way to tell other than the standard things like checking in the cabinets, looking for a large amount of roach traps behind appliances and looking at the general upkeep of the building. I’ve lived in a zillion apartments here, and while none have ever been 100% roach-free, I’ve never had a serious infestation or more than the occasional roach-y visitor. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Welcome to NY!  We have a love/hate relationship, but if you have the money for it, you will love it.  I think you can get a good idea of whether or not $3k will be a good budget by looking at craigslist.  I know you CAN find apts without a broker (craigslist is huge), but I also know that most people have used brokers to find their apts.  So, I would exercise both options if I were you!

As far as the car, it seems like you might have family upstate, so I can understand why you would want to keep a car.  Just know that it’s probably a lot cheaper to sell the car and use the subway to get around and then rent a zipcar every so often when you need it than to keep the car garaged.  Not sure if money is a factor here, but garages are just really expensive and in NY, you barely need one (unless you’re in the outer boroughs – like Queens). 

When looking at which neighborhood to live in, if you’re going to be taking the subway to work, I would use that as one of my “must have” factors – which subways are near your job?  Being walking distance to a subway from your apt that goes directly to your job is such a HUGE convenience.  It really sucks to transfer sometimes, especially if you end up somewhere where you have to transfer more than once.  So, I would also look into that, if I were you. 

I live in Queens and I am less familiar with Brooklyn, but I do know CG is a VERY lovely neighborhood and I agree that Boerum Hill is also great.  Also, Brooklyn Heights is very nice and right near there.

Good luck!  And feel free to message me with any questions.  If there’s any way I can help, I will. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@RnbwznPuppies:  The Financial District is *silent* at night. Seriously, like a ghost town except for traffic! I think it’s probably apartment by apartment, but every time I walk around there after like, six pm, it’s completely empty. The caveat there is that it’s harder to find stuff like grocery stores and nearby restaurants, I think. In CG, you’ll be surrounded by those things. But yeah, especially if you’re on a high floor, I wouldn’t worry about noise in the FD at all. Also, are you looking at Battery Park City? I have a friend who has a gorgeous apartment there. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center

Just popping in to say I’m super jealous – love Carroll Gardens!  I lived in Boerum Hill when I lived in Brooklyn and I miss it.  Too bad Mr. Ly has ZERO interest in moving.

For the extra space you want/need, have you considered Fort Greene?  I find that you can get some really LARGE properties there, and has become quite the trendy neighborhood, great restaurants, shops, parks, and I’ve always had an easier time parking there than in BoCoCa.  

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