Moving to Brooklyn from out of state--Questions
Hey guys, I'm new and I'm planning on moving to the city from Ohio pretty soon. I don't know the area so obviously I'm planning a few visits beforehand, but I wanted some opinions. I'm looing for an area that's not extremely expensive, but also I don't wanna be in any areas that are considered to be very dangerous. I'm looking for a studio apartment that runs about 1000-1200 a month so can you guys give me any ideas of areas that I might be able to afford? If you could just name the area and then give me your opinion on it, that would help me narrow down the areas that I need to come look at. Also can you tell me how far these areas are from Manhattan because I will have to commute. Any input would be a great help. Thanks!
Brooklyn is not so big that you couldn't get around it in a day (to look for yourself.) Your first cut is going to be your price level. I would suggest going on Craigslist and searching to find neighborhoods that are generally going to be in you price range. Next cut for most people is commute time. Where will you be working? Downtown, midtown, or uptown makes a difference in commute time. You can find better "safer" neighborhoods further for your dollars than you will closer. What is "dangerous" to you? Your levels of comfort are going to different than others. As far as neighborhoods, you can get a decent studio in Crown Heights for that much, under twenty minutes to downtown Manhattan via subway."It's only as boring as you make it."
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For that price, you're looking at BedStuy, Bushwick or Crown Heights as neighborhoods with a decent proximity to the city. There's also bay ridge, canarsie, coney island and places a bit father out that are cheap but your commute might be a bit longer.whoa hey whoa hey whoa
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monty, no matter where you end up, bear in mind that a lot of apartments in nyc have broker's fees, so you must be prepared to pay a lot of money up front. how much you'll end up paying runs the gamut, but a total of 3 months worth of rent right away is a good guesstimate. so if you can afford to pay $1000/month, you'll have to pay $3000 when you sign the lease -- 1st month rent, security deposit, broker's fee. and i second what daver said about knowing where you're working in relation to where you're looking. for instance, if you end up working at 59th street near the queensborough bridge, you might be better off looking in queens nabes like sunnyside. of course, i'm biased cuz brooklyn ROCKS, but i'm just sayin'Get your paws off my canned chicken