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Moving to NYC

 
Prakash Kadam
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I have got a contract position in NewYork City. Midtown. Somewhere around 50th street and 5th Ave. I was wondering which would be a good place to get 1BR at within about 1700$ and <40 mins commute?
I see that broker charges are too much. Is there anyway to get something without going through the brokers?

Any ideas?
 
Damien Howard
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Yea you can get things without brokers, you just have to go to buildings and talk to landlords and maintenance workers etc.

1700 1 bedroom, you should look to Jersey City. You can get something nice there for that much, even slightly less and then take path train into NYC. If you insist on staying in NYC, you will have to look uptown or in queens or Brooklyn for anything of that price. You can get something in Harlem, that would be around 40 min commute.

Man you are lucky. I wish I was back in NYC. I've yet to visit any place better. Tokyo is pretty good as well, but they don't have 24 hr subway so they lose a few points.
 
John Dunn
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You can get a place for 1700. You could start with a nice studio and move on from there. Check these out:

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No fee means no fee. Sometimes the owner pays the broker's commission.

Decide what you want in a neighborhood. Then get a place there. If you're going to hang in the Lower Eastside and live a great Upperwest side place you may be unhappy. It may be worth it, to visit NY and check out many neighborhoods.

i.e. Right near work - Midtown, (but little social act.)
Young, Hip - Lower Eastside, NoHo, Dumbo, SoHo, East Village
Gay - West Village, Chelsea
Young professional - Upper Eastside
Young professional - Upper Westside, (a bit more diverse & $$$ then East)
Near Central Park - Upper Westside/EastSide
etc.

Upper West/Eastside are good for singles...

near Columbia Univ - Morningside Heights

There are Indian, (and any other ethnic type), neighborhoods in Queens/Brklyn, you may want to investigate.

If you are into partying in NYC and you move to Queens, Brooklyn, you'll be sorry. Trust me. Spend the extra cash and move into Manhattan, if you're going to go out a lot there anyway. You only live once.
[ July 19, 2004: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
 
Helen Thomas
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www.walkingaround.com shows every ethnic and national group in the world, and where precisely to go in New York City to find the corresponding neighbourhood.
 
Prakash Kadam
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Thanks guys. I will try to explore all these. I am not really a party animal. Moreover, I am married with a kid. So I want to stay some place quite (relatively, that is) but with less commute. That's why I was thinking of Hoboken, Jersey City. What would you suggest?
 
Damien Howard
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I lived in Jersey City for a year. It was good. I could walk to the grocery store, providing I wasn't buying a lot. In these kind of places you need to pay for parking (assuming you are looking for an apartment building) Take a look at the Lincoln on tenth street. They are bigger than some of the others and cheaper because it is not on the waterfront. It has T1 and I found it relatively quiet. You may hear some honking sometimes when the tunnel gets backed up, but you will hear noise anywhere in nyc or surrounding areas.
 
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