(Closed) those that live in nyc… NWR

posted 11 years ago in New York City
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events

I opted to live in the dorms at Columbia!  I lived about a block from where you’re looking.  It’s a nice area, and I liked living in a building with all other students.  By The Way, Bancroft looks SO much cleaner and newer than the regular dorms!

About the subways, the 1 train stops at 116th and 125th.  125th was more in the area where I didn’t feel comfortable by myself (I’m kind of a chicken), so I’d walk through campus to get to the 116.  I didn’t have a car, but it did come in handy to have friends with cars on campus. : )

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

MH is a great area. This sounds like an awesome deal!

I used to live on the UWS side near ModernDaisy where I paid $1200 for my 1/2 of the rent – then I moved to the Woodlawn section of the Bronx (235th st) and I paid about $1400 back then for a 1bdrm and this looks like a way better deal! Damn, you should take it anyway and sublet it – LOL! Just kidding.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I lived at 126 and Broadway for 3 1/2 years.  You will feel perfectly safe.  The West 125 Street 1/A/B/C/D subway stops are also perfectly safe.  I am a little white girl who had a penchant for staying out late and coming home alone.  And yes, anyone who doesn’t feel safe on West 125 Street near Broadway and the like IS a wuss. 

As far as groceries, Fairway will deliver same-day for a small fee, but you have to carry home anything that requires immediate refrigeration.  Fairway is the most amazing grocery store on the island and you will be lucky to live near it.

$1440/month is a little steep for a one bedroom on 122nd Street, as my apartment was only a few blocks away and was that much for two bedrooms.  But, its the price you pay for convenience.  It’s not a terrible price by any stretch of the imagination.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Actually, after looking at the pictures, that apartment is awfully small for two people.  You could do better elsewhere, possibly even within a few blocks of campus.  You could especially do better elsewhere considering that rental rates have not been rising much recently.  Why don’t you spend a few days hunting before going for the university housing?

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ChicagoBride: OMG that apartment is HUGE compared to where I live!

I wouldn’t recommend “hunting” before getting here just because broker fees are so prevalent everywhere now and apartment searching in Manhattan is such a disaster.  Esp. when students are coming back to school.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Every apartment I have been to in upper Manhattan is pretty sizeable.  Mine had an eat-in kitchen and two bedrooms both bigger than the one pictured, for the same price.  And it was only 3 blocks north of the place she’s looking at.  And it was closer to the subway and Fairway.  But, it was a walkup and a bit noisy.  I’ve been in Columbia graduate housing before and it’s just disappointingly tiny.  I like to cook and the kitchen was basically a fridge and a sink.  Sad.

 

A lot of landlords nowadays are offering to pay broker’s fees.  If she has time and was planning to make a trip up here anyway, it’d be worth walking around looking for “for rent” signs.  I’ve seen a few in the last couple of days.  Otherwise, just go with Columbia housing even though it’s expensive and tiny.

 

Wait, now I’m reminding myself why I moved to Chicago.

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ChicagoBride: I didn’t know there were landlords still paying for broker’s fees.  Maybe uptown…?  On the UES, that’s totally unheard of.  We just lucked out and got a rent stablized apartment that we’ll be forced out of in 2011! ;o)

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Yes, uptown.  Like those places from which Columbia is easily accessible.  Since buses are going to be rare birds after the next MTA cuts.

I lived in a stabilized unit once and had no end of trouble from my reprehensible landlord.   It’s only possible to force a tenant out for a few enumerated reasons (high rent/income decontrol or landlord moving in his own family).

At least when you live in a University building they are good about taking care of you.  Then again, I am in a Columbia building at this very moment and the elevator takes forever because one has been out of commission for months longer than they said it would.

To Ashleyjane:  Do you have the option of the buildings on the Washington Heights Columbia “campus”?  The area’s not as nice but the apartments are FANTASTIC, huge, and cheap as all get out.  Except for that elevator.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Chicago: I loveeeeee my stablized apartment.  We’re not getting “kicked out” per se, but the rent will go over $2K soon and then it will destabilize.  Sad.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If you are getting destabilized because your rent will be over $2K, then you must also earn more than $175,000 [federal adjusted, meaning much more gross] for each of the last two years.  And then you don’t need a subsidized apartment anyway compared to most people, unless maybe you have four kids.

Post # 42
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Helper bee

maybe ashleyjane should use chicagobride as her broker!!!

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@ ashley – i used to work @ Columbia and its a fabulous and safe neighborhood for sure. you can most certainly find a place for less than your columbia housing, especially in that neighborhood. but as others have said, you could always move after a year if you change your mind.

@ hotchild – in this economy, you’d be surprised what landlords are willing to do. everything is negotiable these days. i’ve had friends whose landlords didn’t raise their rent or offered other incentives so they wouldn’t move out. i’ve also lucked out and have never paid a broker’s fee for any of my places in manhattan or other boroughs i’ve lived in. in my experience, a broker has yet to find me a better deal or a nicer place than i’ve been able to find on my own. by some strange miracle, i found my current place (that’s rent stabilized – w00t!) on Craigslist!

Post # 44
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Jaxx: I’ve never paid a broker either, but I’ve only lived in two buildings in the last two years.  I’m totally preparing myself to pay a broker when we eventually move to a two-bedroom :o(

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