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Re: Moving to NYC...what's the best way to find affordable housing?

Posted by Dayann on July 16, 2001 at 00:53:46:

In Reply to: Moving to NYC...what's the best way to find affordable housing? posted by JV on July 13, 2001 at 14:19:16:

Sorry to be a wet blanket but if you are looking for affordable housing, NYC is the WORST place to move (except maybe LA).

I live in Queens and grew up in Brooklyn and I can tell you that the insane, ridiculous rents characteristic of Manhattan are quickly becoming the norm in the so called "outer boroughs".

If you aren't able to find something reasonable, another idea you may want to consider is getting an apartment right across the river, in New Jersey (for example in Hoboken, or in Jersey City). They have more affordable rents in nice buildings and your commute into the City for work may be even shorter than if you lived in one of the so-called "outer" boroughs. (It sounds weird but the way the trains and buses are set up, to get to work from Queens, you may have a 1 1/2 hour commute, while if you live in Jersey, many complexes have express bus service, or you can take the PATH or a ferry into the city and get to work in 1/2 an hour, and still pay less rent!)

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