Can a country mouse become a city mouse?
May 5, 2011 1:13 PM Subscribe
It looks like I will get a job offer at NYU. I am not a city person. Please help me figure out whether this is a good idea and where I might like to live in the NYC area.
posted by betterton to Home & Garden (58 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have looked at previous questions on where to live in New York but I have slightly different desires.
I currently am very happy living in Boulder, Colorado. It looks like I may have an amazing professional opportunity at NYU. I have lived in NYC in the past and visited extensively, and the thought of living in Manhattan makes me want to cry. So can you tell me things about the New York area that might make it sound better as a place to live?
Then, I need to figure out where I might be able to live and be happy in the NYC area. My ideal place to live would include, as top priorities:
- a 30 minute or shorter commute, door-to-door, to NYU, that doesn't require driving. 20 minutes or less would be even better.
- a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.
- an area with houses or townhouses. I would like a yard/garden (small is OK) and no strangers living above me.
Lower priorities that would also be nice are
- parks or green space nearby.
- dog park nearby.
- reasonable schools for hypothetical future children.
- services like shops and restaurants within walking distance.
- a small town/neighborhood/community feel.
So far people have suggested Brooklyn and Hoboken. Are these good options? Can you give more information or other good places to look?