(Closed) Ok NYC bees, what areas would I want to live in around Manhattan?

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@MissHoneyBun: Yay, Inwood/Washington Heights! Woot, woot.

I have lived in Washington Heights for the past five years and love it. Our apartment is BIG and cheap (relatively) and it is such a short commute to midtown (about 25 minutes for my husband to get to work). 

It is definitely a great area to have a dog, too– there are tons of parks. 

If you do decide to check out the area, I would recommend trying to live west of Broadway– in my experiences the apartments are a bit nicer than the ones east.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

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@plantains: Echoing this, take a look at this


I live in Brooklyn (Crooklyn is what my friends in TX) call it. Ha ha. I love my apartment and have been here for 7years and shall miss it when I live. I like the neighborhood. It’s Crown Heights/Prospect Heights. It’s 11 mins on the 4/5 to the City AND I have the 2/3/4/5 and the Shuttle to the A/C/Q It’s very up and coming and rents are rising exponentially. Walking distance to Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Main Library, the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park (by the same guys who did Central Park) I can’t say enough about Brooklyn. Oh, and if you come here, you can swell the population. Do you know that Brooklyn, if considered a city in its own right would be the third or fourth most populous city in the country.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@bRooklynRocks: Hey neighbor!

I second the Prospect Heights rec! I love my ‘hood. It’s close to everything and I never have a problem getting home because of all the different public transportation options. 


Post # 20
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Bumble bee

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@bRooklynRocks: OMG. I’m from Texas and all my Texas friends who live in NY totally call it Crooklyn!

Post # 21
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love both places I have lived!

I used to live in Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn.  Its just south of Park Slope, and I was literally 5 blocks from Prospect Park, which I love!!  

I have a friend who lives in Park Slope and loves it, and other friends who live in Carroll Gardens and love it!  Both have a lot of bars and restaurants nearby.  Its hard to get them all to leave on the weekends, because there is so much to do there!

Right now I am living on the (Upper) Upper East side, in the low 90’s.  It is super convenient for me to get to work, but the trains get pretty crowded.  The good part is our management company.  They are fantastic!! I had heard it was such  PITA to find an apartment, and seriously, they were a breeze.  We signed a lease a whole month before we had to move in, which is virtually unheard of in the city!  We also have a TON of storage room.  You can PM me for the name, if you would like.

I have also heard that Long Island City is a good place to live, Astoria, and I also wouldn’t count out Hoboken or Jersey City.  My friends have gotten nice places there too!


Post # 23
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am an UWS’er through and through. Moved here almost by accident, I wanted the UES, but the places I saw were terrible in my price range so my broker suggested the UWS. I was like “There is a WEST side?” because I had only heard of/been to the upper east.

It was totally fate, this might be my home forever. IMO it is the best neighborhood to live in the city. You are right in between two parks, there are a ton of great restaurants and shopping. And I think (and a lot of people agree with me) that the transportation is better here.

There are a lot less high rises though. I feel like the rentals are mostly brownstones and a few newer high rise buildings, but depending on your price range you might be in a walk up building. Although I’ve lived in a brownstone for 6 years and I love it, so it’s not so bad.

Post # 24
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Definately Astoria or LIC for an easy commute and good neighborhood with lots to do.  I am in New Rochelle (and dont pay NYC tax!) and i work in midtown.  I take the metro-north which isnt as easy as the subway but its not a bad commute.  Good luck!

Post # 25
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

similar to MissHoneyBun’s upper manhattan suggestion– hubs and i just moved from uws to the border of morningside heights and harlem, and it’s awesome, i love it! MUCH cheaper than uws and much more space! the neighborhood is mostly students and faculty, and while there are fewer businesses around there are still some great little restaurants closeby. and the fairway at 130th is amazing for grocery shopping.

if i wasn’t in grad school/tied to campus, we would have looked to brooklyn, like williamsburg/greenpoint/park slope/brooklyn heights/dumbo ish, or we have friends in hoboken who love it.

Post # 26
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When I worked in mid-town, I lived in Brooklyn and loved it! I have lived in Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Great areas. There’s alot of great areas in Brooklyn. I was able to get more space for a better price when compared to Manhattan. The commute into mid-town was fairly quick and easy during the week. I live in LA now and sometimes wish I could jump on a train and zone out for 20 minutes and then be at work. 🙂 The freeway traffic here kills me.

Post # 27
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@bRooklynRocks:  That is such a beautiful neighborhood!  I’m about 20 minutes walking from there, but Fiance and I make the walk because we have friends in the neighborhood, love the Museum and the Park, and especially, TOM’S.  Please tell me you’ve been there?

I live in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, and Fiance and I have been here for the past 4 years (WHAT.  WOW!  Haha!).  We’ve really seen the neighborhood change and grow, and love love love this area.  When we first moved in, there wasn’t a lot of options of places to eat or buy some coffee, but more and more stuff is popping up!  Honestly though, if I had my choice, I would actually move (even though I love my hood and apartment) to the heart of Fort Greene.  Probalby just off Dekalb Ave, near Fort Greene Park.  I LOVE this area.  And great access to a lot of trains!  That is one downfall of Clinton Hill.

Good luck with your search.  It can be daunting, but if something clicks for you, go with it!

Post # 28
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i was down in the financial district for a while, i miss it so much!! 

Post # 29
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I live in Long Island City and love it! Before that lived in Chelsea. Loved that even more, but I don’t miss the $3,000/month rent. Now that I am all married-up we are looking to buy a house in Rockland County. Keep us posted on your new digs and obviously come back with any questions.

Post # 30
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Don’t forget Hell’s Kitchen, Sunnyside (Queens), and LES/East Village!

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