(Closed) those that live in nyc… NWR

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

This is on the north side of the Columbia campus– I’d say it’s safe as anywhere around there. But it definitely pays to be street smart no matter where you are in NYC!

If you’re able to get a good price, I’d do it. Look on Craigslist to see what comparable apartments are running in the area, too.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I lived at 115th and Amsterdam and had many friends who lived up by where you are looking.  There are robberies at night occasionally, but the area is gentrifying (good for some, upsetting for others).  There’s a cute wine shop and a number of University-fueled restaurants.  125th St is famous in Harlem, but now has many common shops like H&M and Staples, etc. (again there are mixed views on this)/  The biggest problem is getting groceries.  There’s a little market that’s WAY overpriced right there (Appletree) but otherwise, you are hauling things back from the nearby Fairway.  In my opinion, Amsterdam is safer than the Broadway in the 120s, if you were debating that.  That’s my two cents!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re less than a block from there. The neighborhood is called Morningside Heights. I do feel like it’s a safe neighborhood. Nothing in Manhattan is perfectly safe (nothing anywhere I guess), but I’m not afraid to walk alone at night, and I’ve never had any problems. PM me if you want to know anything else about the neighborhood!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

About groceries: I would invest in either a grocery cart for the Fairway, or a FreshDirect membership!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do you have the square footage? Works out to about 1440 a month… you can find cheaper apartments in Harlem/Morningside Heights depending on the specific block/area, but it may be worth it to be so close to campus and have the peace of mind of not having to go on an apartment hunt when you are new to the city.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yep, that’s Morningside Heights/Harlem.  It’s safe and full of college students.

Agree w/Hannah — what’s the square footage?  The rent does seem a little high for being so far uptown.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Also, keep in mind when considering moving to New York that EVERYTHING is more expensive: groceries, movies, dry cleaning…anything you can think of.  So consider that in addition to rent as well.  Also, you might want to consider ditching your car because parking/insurance/etc. is annoying and expensive and most people take the subway or bus.

If you do decide to make the move, I’m sure lots of NYers on this board can give you tonnnsss of info.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

that’s a great area and very safe (though I tend to feel safe almost anywhere in Manhattan).  I have friends who live in the couples housing at Columbia in that area and it is a great apt in a great location and they love it.  I think it’s a great deal.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used to live up in Inwood (207th St) and I paid $1200/month for a HUGE 1-bedroom apartment. Seriously – it was massive. And I know some other people up there whose rent ranged from $935/month (another HUGE 1-br, but he’d lived in the rent-stabilized apt *forever*) to $1400/month. For 122nd St, assuming the apt isn’t the size of a closet, I don’t think that rent is that bad. Something to consider about living in NYC – finding an apartment if you don’t already live there is painful. You’ll likely have to go through a broker, and while some landlords are paying the broker fee now, that’s not always the case, and that can be quite a bit of money up front. So, while I agree that you might be able to find something for less money in that area, you need to consider how much it’s worth to you to not have to look for a place to live. I would also make sure that there’s space available in the couple’s housing – it would suck to count on it and then find out you’ve been wait-listed.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@redherring: That’s true.  It would be worth the possible extra money to avoid broker’s fees and all of that.  A broker fee can be a month’s rent which is a lot to pay up front. 

I haven’t moved in three years so I tend to forget about that ;o)

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My dad works at Columbia and they lived in married student housing for a few months before their new apartment was ready (they moved to NYC about 2 years ago—I thought it was so cute they were in married student housing, considering they’ve been married 40 years and are far from being students!). The apartment was so nice. Much nicer than anything you can get in the area at market value. Clean and bright and BIG with a ton of closets. $1440/month seems like a great deal.

They live at 116 and Riverside Drive now and have felt very comfortable in the neighborhood—they moved from Galveston, TX so it was a BIG change. And Fairway is the greatest grocery store ever (at least by NYC standards). Plus there are lots of great restaurants in the area and a really nice farmer’s market on Broadway — my mom’s made friends with all the vendors). PM me if you have any other questions. Ooh, moving to NY is so exciting. I’ve been here 6 years and I absolutely adore it!

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