(Closed) NYC ladies–potentially moving to Brooklyn and feeling unsure

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I just moved into Manhattan from Queens (and we would still be in Queens if it weren’t for work reasons). Specifically, we lived in Forest Hills, which in my opinion has many more pros than Brooklyn (I’ve also lived in Brooklyn before). You should definitely check out Forest Hills if you haven’t already – the feel is just that of the Upper West Side. The E/F/R/V all stop in Forest Hills and the commute to midtown on an express train (E/F express) is about 20 minutes. There are great stores and restaurants within Forest Hills and the best part is that you can really choose between a house or apartment. Rents are significantly cheaper than Manhattan for apartments and the neighborhood has a great family feel. PS 100 is one of the public schools in the neighborhood and it is ranked one of the best public schools in the 5 boroughs. PM me if you have any questions – I cannot say enough great things about Forest Hills and I have no doubt my husband and I will move back to the neighborhood one day.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just moved from Chelsea to Hoboken a few months ago.  I was really reticent to leave Manhattan, but I’m actually very happy with the move.  It is so much quieter, and we have so much more space compared with the island.  The only two annoyances are that (1) when I stay in the city after work I can’t just take a cab home after dinner and (2) I miss Whole Foods!  We are mostly able to avoid the frat boy scene in Hoboken and purposely chose a slightly less central location in exchange for a quieter block.

We would have preferred Brooklyn but staying west made logistical sense for us because of where our parents live.  Plus this way we save the NYC income tax.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My sister lives in Park Slope. She loves it. She moved there from FL around 7 years ago and doesn’t seem like she wants to move back any time soon!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you have Brooklyn Heights in mind, the change won’t be that hard. It is quieter but its nice. 

It does seem pretentious to me! 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@hilsy85: Too funny about you growing up there – your logic completely makes sense. One other thing to think about – I’m newly pregnant and much more aware of which subway stops are stroller friendly and which aren’t – definitely keep that in mind when looking for a place. Also, make sure that there is a hospital in the area you like for birthing. My current hospital is Beth Israel in the city (and would have been regardless of whether we were living in Manhattan or FH), but I’m realizing that should I have gone into labor, the driving commute from FH to Beth Israel could have been very long and difficult – especially if my husband was at work in Manhattan and I was at home (would I have waited for him to come home? Would I have met him there and gone in alone? etc.). Definitely keep these things in mind as you search for a new place.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well but you can still take a cab from Manhattan to Brooklyn.  The cab driver has to take you because it’s part of NYC.  Hoboken doesn’t enjoy that privilege.

I hate waiting underground for trains because of the hot stale air, and I used to take a cab to work (in midtown) and walk home every day.  One reason I am ok with Hoboken is that I can take a bus to Port Authority.  I can wait outside, it picks me up 2 blocks from our apartment, and Port Authority for all its flaws is actually closer to my office than 34th St.  It runs pretty reliably on schedule and I find it 1,000x more pleasant than the subway or the PATH.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a few friends in the Boerum Hill neighborhood and I freaking love it. About 25-30 min by subway into the heart of manhattan, and absolutely chock full of great food and shops. Lots of trees, brownstones, lots of charm.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have never lived in NYC but have been working there for 5 years and had really no desire to ever live on the island.  I bought a condo in Hoboken a year ago to lessen my commute and i absolutely love it.  You can still catch a train to and from the city every day of the week, you just have to be more conscious of the schedule on the weekends.  The best part of living in Hoboken is that the unlimited monthly train pass is only $54!!! Im not sure what the metrocard is up to now but I thought it was like $150/month.  I think that Hoboken still has a lot of that yuppie crowd that is similar to the city but the old brownstones, and the river is awesome.  The only thing that really sux about Hoboken is the parking but i don’t have a car currently so it really doesn’t effect me too much.  Best of luck on your move!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@guess26grl: Nah, it’s not up to $150. I think it’s $104  or thereabouts. Anyhow, I live in Crown Heights. Sounds scary and all but it’s been gentrifying quickly and I freaking love it. Near the museum, I go jogging in the park before work, the botanical gardens and the library are near there. It’s awesome. I used to live in Queens and always worked in Manhattan. I wouldn’t trade Brooklyn for any other parts of the City….PLUS, I have 4 express trains one block from my house 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hilsy85: I moved out of state, but I grew up in Brooklyn. I love the Brooklyn Heights area, and I think you’ll find similar conveniences to what’s available in Chelsea. I can’t say that I’m familiar with the schools in the area, but there is a private school on Joralemon Street (Packer Collegiate). There are also shops, restaurants, and Starbucks 🙂 available on and off of that road. It’s not a long trip into Manhattan either.

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