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

posted 11 years ago in New York City
Post # 32
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Miss Holly:  I grew up in Stuy Town!  It’s too bad you weren’t around about 10 years ago, when MetLife still owned the complex.  It used to be really quiet, and a great place to raise a family.  It’s changed a lot in the past couple of years.

I actually moved from Stuy Town to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be with my then fiance/now husband.  This neighborhood is much too quiet for me, and we’re moving to Williamsburg next month.  I’m looking forward to being closer to good food and nightlife.  Not looking forward to the hipsters though, haha. And we’re moving into a luxury building on the waterfront with tons of great amenities. Can’t wait!

I do a lot of babysitting in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area, and it is a great place to raise kids.  Tons of great playgrounds and activities for kids!

Post # 33
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

As you probably know, I also live on the UWS in the high 60’s (also used to be on 73rd, small world!!) and I’m dealing with this same issue recently. DH has been making noises about brooklyn even though we’ve both always been totally against it in the past. A lot of our friends are moving there since it’s more affordable, but we actually still have a lot of friends who live in the UWS also.

I feel the same way you do about the 90’s, I think it’s a totally up and coming, safe affordable area that is a better option than brooklyn. DH and I went to see an apartment for sale on 95th & Riverside recently, but I couldn’t convince him it was a good area, he’s totally set in his ways.

I can’t offer a perspective of what it’s like to live in Brooklyn since I”m not there, but I can say that when I go ou tthere to visit people it’s a total nightmare. Even the ‘nice’ areas aren’t that nice IMO and the subway/cab situation is horrendous. WE’ve turned down several invitations to go out on a Saturday night, just becaue we would have no safe way of getting back to the city afterwards. So it’s really inconvenient AND guess what, it’s just as expensive as the city if you want to live in a nice area. So I just feel like if you aren’t in love with the area to begin with, it’s a lose-lose situation to move there. But I’m a total city girl, so take my opinion with a grain of salt πŸ™‚

Post # 36
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m a bit slow to notice this post, but my two cents:

– Given the choice between Boreum Hill and Cobble Hill, I think I’d go with Boreum Hill.  Some parts of Cobble Hill are a bit more remote than Boreum Hill in terms of subway access.

– I’m not huge on Brooklyn Heights, but it totally depends on the part of the neighborhood.  Getting closer to DUMBO, it looses that “Brooklyn charm.”  If you stay around Clark Street/Henry Street, it’s awesome and very neighborhoody.

– I live in Prospect Heights and absolutely love it.  I’m next to the Brooklyn Library/Grand Army Plaza/Prospect Park, and very close to Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden.  In my mind, I’d never want to live anywhere else – so much greenery and it’s not all busy like Manhattan (or even Williamsburg). Plus, you have easy access to the 2,3,4, and 5 train, so travel isn’t bad, either. (Yes, I am extremely biased, because it is the best).

– almost forgot! Have you looked into Fort Greene?  GREAT neighborhood.  I’ve babysat some kids there and boy were they sharp – I think they attended public school in Boreum Hill – it was on Pacific St somewhere, but at least you know zoning won’t be a total issue.  Anyway, it has beautiful brownstones and close access to the A C and G lines.

Post # 37
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve lived in Cobble Hill since January after 5 years each in Manhattan and Astoria, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. Love the graceful brownstone streets, the fun bars & restaurants on Smith & Court Streets. Our friends actually LIKE coming out here because our neighborhood and apartment are so appealing. We would both have to be dragged back to Manhattan kicking and screaming. πŸ™‚

Post # 38
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

i live in williamsburg – well, the slighlty dodgy not yet overrun with pompous hipsters edge of williamsburg . . .

i am not a native new yorker – and this is the only place i have lived in new york.  as for the transportation / accessibility issues i will say this:

i am right off the L line, and work in midtown.  my commute is usually about 25 minutes – which is awesome, and actually shorter than some of the girls i work with who live in manhattan.  that said, the L line is really the only thing close to me and they like to do “maintenance” on some weekends which can reeeaalllly eff things up.  as in no trains in / out of manhattan all weekend.  this usually seems to fall on the weekend that i have lots of errands planned.

you are correct — cabs are basically non-existant in brooklyn.  there are however several great car services.  the one we use is always at our door by the time we even get downstairs, and the cost is usually cheaper than a cab.  8 out of 10 cab drivers in manhattan will not come to brooklyn.  sure, it’s the “law”, however, if it is late at night – they have started locking their doors before you can get in.  once you say brooklyn, they speed away.  during ‘regular hours’ you master the art of getting in and letting them start rolling before you tell them you are going to brooklyn.  they huff and puff and mumble under their breath usually.  or they will act like they have no idea how to get there.

all of that said, i do LOVE that we have a split level 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath apartment with our own roof deck.  all of the shops in my neighborhood know me… they know my dog… they give me groceries on “credit” if i dont have enough cash / forgot my wallet whatever…  it is definitely quieter in general…  so, there’s give and take for sure.

Post # 39
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

We moved to brooklyn from dc. We live in prospect heights — two blocks from the library and grand army, so a 15 minute walk to everything in park slope. 

I love it, but I’m from a smaller town and it’s very on par with that. Not sure why you think it’s remote.. we have the 2/3 and I’m not a far walk from the Q! Yeah there are no cabs, but there are car services and in my experience the fares are cheaper than cabs. 

As for safety, I’ve worked a lot of late nights at the magazine and have never felt unsafe getting home. It can take a while though, for sure. 

Honestly, UWS is way more remote to me πŸ™‚ All in perspective.

Post # 41
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


Yep, the UWS is on a different planet to me. Way to far from downtown Manhattan.

Post # 42
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@reginaphalange: &

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@ribbons: We’re totes neighbors!! Woo hoo for Prospect Heights! The nabe rocks! I’ve lived here over 20 years. I can get anywhere and I never feel stranded if a subway line stops running. I’ve got tons of choices plus the buses. I’m getting married at the museum because it’s like 10 minutes walking from my house. Awesomeness!


Post # 44
1626 posts
Bumble bee

I see many  neighbors on here. I’m 3 blocks from the museum too..well, going east though, not west πŸ˜‰ So, more Crown than Prospect Heights πŸ™‚

Post # 45
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@katsupgirl: Yay for neighbors!

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@bRooklynRocks: I used to live on Eastern at Franklin. I’ve since moved over to Prospect Heights so I’m no longer on the border, but I miss life over on Franklin. At least it’s only like 10 minutes to walk to Franklin Park from where I live now (and I’m about a  7 minute walk to Soda Bar, so I have the best of both worlds) πŸ˜›

Post # 46
39 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with some of the previous posts, re: perspective! I used to live on the UWS (80s) and moved to the Boerum Hill/Park Slope area about 1 1/2 years ago.

My then-boyfriend (now fiance) was living in BK and it used to take me about an hour to go see him. When we decided to move in together and when I got a job in BK, I very, VERY reluctantly moved here. However, that said, I love that I live with my fiance (sorry, don’t know the abbreviations, still new to the website!) and that I’m not taking the train for an hour to go see him, I really, really enjoy my area, and I love my apartment and the paying less for much more space thing.  And there are some really quality restaurants around BK, and I’m close to 9 (9!!) different trains plus the LIRR–without a Times Square-like crowd, Target (SO convenient), and tons and tons of cute, unique boutiques and restaurants. Plus, Prospect Park offers summer music festivals that are equally as crowded as those in Central Park (and when they’re not, you appreciate the extra space). You’re right–there are so many things that are convenient about the UWS (I used to live within a few blocks of about 10 banks and grocery stores). So there are going to be pros and cons (e.g., the trains are slower during the weekends) for sure, but you’ll adjust and find positives regardless.

If not, moving back is possibly an option?

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