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January 8, 2013 9:48 AM Subscribe
My husband got a new job in NYC! I know nothing about the city, and will have only 1 day to look at apartments. Where should we focus our search?
posted by kryppuk to home & garden (47 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My husband got a new job in NYC. It's with a small company located somewhere just outside the Meatpacking District. Currently we live in the middle of nowhere in the midwest. The company has been kind enough to fly us out to look at apartments, but the way our schedules line up we'll get one day to look around. I visited there a few times as a tourist, and my husband has only been there twice, both times for interviews, so effectively we know nothing about the city besides what we have been reading on the internet. We're having trouble narrowing down which communities to look in. A little bit about us:
1. We prefer staying at home to going out. I'd like to get out and do museum-y things on the weekend, but most of the things we like to do are at home. Usually we have people over rather than meeting them out somewhere.
2. My husband has a car. He loves his car. He knows he probably won't be able to drive it as much, but he would like to keep it and for it to be parked somewhere safe. It's a pretty high-end car (think Mercedes), so it would likely be a target in certain neighborhoods.
3. We're nerdy, and we don't drink, so thing Magic the Gathering and bookstores versus bars and clubs.
4. We have a Jack Russel Terrier who loves to get out and socialize.
5. We can pay ~$2,650/month for rent + utilities, but we'd prefer to keep it under $2,000.
6. We must live alone. This and the dog are the only two things that aren't negotiable.
I know Manhattan probably isn't for us. We've been looking into nearby places like Hoboken, but there are so many communities that it's getting pretty confusing to try to figure out things like commute and culture. My husband is also willing to add a short commute and live outside the city, but I know where to start looking around there even less. Since we only have one day to look in person, it would be great to have some suggestions as to which communities to focus on.