(Closed) NWR: Where to live in Brooklyn/ Queens ?

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Have you looked at astoria in queens? Sounds like it could be what you’re looking for!

Post # 4
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love Williamsburg in Brooklyn…I’ve looked at rental prices and they don’t seem too bad. DUMBO is also suppose to be a nice area.

I just love all the shops, restaurants, etc in Williamsburg. It is full of hipster tho lol

Post # 5
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I love Astoria.  It’s well priced, convenient and has lots going on.  Williamsburg can be kind of pricey unless you live far out in East Williamsburg.  You might also consider Sunnyside or Woodside.

Brooklyn is kind of expensive unless you live far out. 

Post # 6
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I recently moved to long island and looked in both of those places and Queens seems to be overall cheaper.  But yeah Astoria and Williamsburg are both options.  When we moved we went through a realtor and it helped a lot.  If you can afford the comission I would strongly recommend it.  We ablsolutely love the place we ended up in and couldn’t have found it without the help.

Post # 7
2316 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

In what neighborhood are you working/going to school? That will have a big effect on where you want to live. If you have a more specific budget that will help, too.

I just moved out of NYC and miss it, so I can live vicariously through you, haha.

Post # 8
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My favorite kind of post!

Prospect Heights (and parts of Crown Heights), Greenpoint, and Gowanus are some nice, affordable neighborhoods you should look into. I live in Prospect Heights and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

For Queens, I recommend Sunnyside or Astoria.

If you want to go a bit more hip, look into Williamsburg. But I echo the sentiments that Williamsburg can be just as expensive as Manhattan, it’s very trendy. East Williamsburg and Bushwick are fairly close to Williamsburg, but not as nice as Prospect Heights or Greenpoint, IMO.

Post # 9
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Astoria! There is so much to do, lots of young people, it’s really close to the city, and it’s very affordable – I know people who pay $1800 for a 3 bedroom apartment.

Post # 10
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Tostones: My fiance used to live in Astoria, and it was great. 

If price is the reason you are not considering Manhattan, Harlem is worth a look.  We are an interracial couple and are very comfortable living there now. 

Post # 11
2742 posts
Sugar bee

I live in Crown Heights and honestly, it is the best. It’s gentrifying seriously now but you can still find really good deals. I am near the park, the museum, the big library all around Grand Army Plaza. The new stadium is one stop away as is the Target and Pathmark. I have four express trains near me, the 2/3/4/5 and the S shuttle that takes you to the B, C and Q trains so all in all, I love it. You should also look at this thread too.

Post # 12
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Where are you going to school?  I’m not much help because I don’t know much about Brooklyn, but I live in Hoboken and love it!  We got engaged in Brooklyn at the Promenade, and the neighborhoods right around there are beautiful…but I think they’re kind of pricey. 

Post # 13
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Angel Orensanz Foundation

Astoria hands down. I have a huge apt in a great, safe area with lots of diversity, things to do, affordable way of life, and close to Manhattan without the hipsters, wannabes, or ridic prices. I’m an NYC native born & raised in Manhattan, and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. Better way of life in Astoria–you can breathe!

Post # 14
803 posts
Busy bee

Queens! Astoria/Long Island city – the rent is great, there are plenty of young people who are living in Astoria and Long Island city, Long Island city is really close to both Williamsburg AND Manhattan, there are also a lot of new buildings ^ ^

Also, try Clinton. It’s way west in the midtown area of Manhattan but there are plenty of apartments for rent for reasonable prices in that area, as well as upper west side, and upper east side. 

Post # 15
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Tostones:  How did the search go?  I actually just got back the other day from NYC.  SO is relocating for work and we spent three days looking at Manhattan (midtown, upper west, upper east sides), and Queens (Astoria, Sunnyside).  Brooklyn was unfortunately out of the question because SO is working out on LI for several months before transfering to Manhattan, we needed something central to both locations and at the right price.  We settled on a 2bdrm in Sunnyside for just under 2,000.  The price is right in Sunnyside/Astoria…Sunnyside’s commerce area on Queens Blvd appealed to us…plus the 7 runs right through town so you can get almost anywhere.  We did seriously consider Williamsburg…but property in Brooklyn is hot right now, so you end up paying more.  I’d love to hear what you and Fiance decided on!

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