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Moving to NYC from Long Island.

Hi guys,

I'm moving to NYC from Long Island. Work is at 59th street on the East Side.I have budgeted around $1200 per month as rent. I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions:

1. I do like bars/live music etc...What are the disadvantages to living downtown(East Village etc ..except commute)? Are there other reasons to live downtown as opposed to UES?

2. Your idea of a fun place to stay for 25 year old who likes hanging out at bars and listen to live music?

3. Cost of a moving company ... from Middle Island to NYC?

4. General advantage of living in Manhattan versus other boroughs?

Right now I'm looking at UES studios... close to work ... close to central park ... safe??

Anyone know any good no-fee brokers?


Monday, January 12, 2004

I think you should just live near work.

I'm 25, work on 59th and Park, live ten minutes away over on Second Avenue, pay under $1200 for my half of a nice 2BR, and love it. The area is absolutely loaded with great and varied restaurants and bars (everything from $$$$$ places like Lutece to quality simple things like burgers and Chinese food), there are actual supermarkets, and between the M15-Limited and the 4/5/6/E, it's easy to get around Manhattan. Plus the proximity of the UN means there's a lot of police presence. (Though not a lot of parking space). And thanks to the Queensboro bridge, you can get to Queens or the LIE in a hurry.

I found the place through a broker. It was worth the commission.

P.S. I'll say it again -- my commute is ten minutes, and no traffic, subway problems, or blackout can change that.

Mike Schiraldi
Monday, January 12, 2004

Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Take the E/F to Court Square and the G home. Much better than the 4/5/6 to Union Square and the L home.

The Lower East Side

If you're 25 and into nightlife, those are the only two places to be.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Firstly thanx for replying guys.

After searching on craigslist and village voice ... I've seen that most of the apartments (below $1200 ) are in the UES ..around 73rd and above.

If LES is the place to be then living in the UES shouldnt be all that bad right? Just take a cab ride down?

When you moved to NYC, what were the different ways to meet people and get to know the neighborhood? Any "not so obvious" ways to do this?

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I think the UES would be perfect for you.  It's full of young guns straight out of college.  Most from upper middle class suburbs who like to hang out at cool bars and pick up hot chicks.  Don't forget your baseball cap with the overly curved brim...

Don't worry about making friends.  I'm sure you'll find half your high school buddies live just around the corner.  Try Brother Jimmy's if in doubt...

And yes it's very safe.  It's about as homogonous as you can get and still have a city zip code. 

Make sure you get a 212 area code when they hook up your phone service.  If they don't have any left, it's best to wait until they become available.  A 212 number to hand out to the chicks is a must.


Thursday, January 15, 2004

mmmm... homogenous....

Charles Lewis
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Well, I finally got a place on 95th and 2nd. 1BR for $1300. Its pretty big by Manhattan standards and has elevator and laundry and "exposed brick wall"(ooooh??)...

What do you think? Good deal? It doesnt really seem to be homogenous ... as someone commented ... lots of different type of people....

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

our baseball-hat-wearing friend was probably thinking of something not so close to Harlem.  But as you said in your previous posting, that puts you right on the green line down to the village if you find the local nightlife wanting.  Also, of course, easy walking to world famous museums and Central Park.

Jogging around the reservoir in Central Park is one of the sublime perqs of living in NYC.  Dreamy.

Charles Lewis
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Check out the M15 Limited bus as well -- when i'm going to Union Square or Houston, it's usually faster than walking over to the subway.

Mike Schiraldi
Thursday, January 22, 2004

well, when the time will come to move out of that nice apt... call Divine Moving ...

lisa shapiro
Tuesday, March 2, 2004

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