Moving to Brooklyn
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03-16-2009, 08:37 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
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I will be moving to Brooklyn for a new job and I have been looking everyone online trying to find the right place to be looking for an apartment. I have never been to New York so I pretty much know nothing about it. I'm aware that i'm a Flyers fan but I thought I would give this a try anyway. Where are the best places to live? (cost-benefit ratio). I'm not really sure about my price ranges and I'm not THAT worried about sketchy neighborhoods. I'm a young professional so a little bit of a social life would be good as well as some decent restauraunts. Anyone with any info I would be very grateful. (1 or 2 bedrooms)
If you want to live in a cheap, safe and clean apartment with the train nearby (about 30 mins into lower manhattan), then Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights is the place to go. Not a ton of "nightlife" but awesome restaurants, great shopping and most landlords are very reliable, friendly and a lot of the apartments have been redone with new kitchens, bathrooms etc.
1-bedrooms go between 900 and 1200.
Williamsburg is overpriced and dirty. My wife lived there for two years. Very close to Manhattan but the dirty unemployed hipsters will drive you off a cliff.
Forget Crown heights/Buskwick/Bed stuy/east New york. They are slowly (very slowly) coming around but they are still too dangerous for a newcomer or out-of-towner.
Bay Ridge is nicknamed "Beirut" for obvious reasons. But lots of great restaurants and bars. Similar to Dyker Heights and bensonhurst but better options and more expensive
Coney Island/Brighton beach/ manhattan beach/sheephead bay is nice, a much longer commute and a Russian-dominated population (FWIW)
Park Slope/Cobble Hill/Bklyn Heights is very very nice but very very expensive. I'm talking Manhattan prices.
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