NYC-- where to live?
December 8, 2017 6:00 AM   Subscribe

Hi all I searched through a bunch of postings about NYC neighborhoods, but I am looking for current advice on where to live. Mr. catrae and lil' catrae and I live in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We have lived here for 9 years. Our building has sold and we will have to move in June. We have a 3 1/2 year old so schools will be a consideration.

Can you tell me what you like about your neighborhood? Anyone with kids have some insight into what would be a smart move to get a good school? My husband works in Hudson Yards so on the 7, ACE lines. Right now we love our neighborhood, and feel a sense of community here. We could live in Manhattan, as the rents seem similar to Greenpoint. Is that something to consider? Our quality of life is decent in Brooklyn but I keep wondering if there is some reason to live in another Brooklyn neighborhood or in Manhattan. We are artists- so studio space is necessary. We have a decent budget for an apartment (around $2500-$3000, $3500 would be doable but painful). I have thought about keeping our rent really low so that we can have a better savings but paying more for a nice place and amenities is another option. I want our little kid to feel safe, secure, happy, and get a good education. The schools in Greenpoint seem decent but the best schools seem to be in Manhattan (UES,UWS,East Village etc). Any advice on where to look?
posted by catrae to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
2 bedroom + good schools in Manhattan unless you find a great deal will be really tough @ 3500. You can find two beds @ 3500, but they tend to be in weaker school districts.
posted by JPD at 6:48 AM on December 8, 2017


Brooklyn Heights might be a good option.

Doubtful they'll have anything like studio space, and the apartments will be a bit small-ish, but perhaps you could get a separate studio somewhere?
posted by functionequalsform at 6:54 AM on December 8, 2017


I like Clinton Hill a lot - it feels pretty family-friendly, and you're fairly close to the same schools you'd have had access to in Greenpoint. You're also close to some of the schools in Brooklyn Heights.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:59 AM on December 8, 2017


I want our little kid to feel safe, secure, happy, and get a good education. The schools in Greenpoint seem decent but the best schools seem to be in Manhattan (UES,UWS,East Village etc).

Are you talking public or private?
posted by The Bellman at 7:08 AM on December 8, 2017


Hi Bellman- public schools
posted by catrae at 7:10 AM on December 8, 2017


I like Clinton Hill a lot - it feels pretty family-friendly, and you're fairly close to the same schools you'd have had access to in Greenpoint. You're also close to some of the schools in Brooklyn Heights.

Unless you are talking private school, schools in the city don't work like this. For a good school if you don't live in the zone, you have virtually zero chance of getting in, and in some of the better districts, even if you live in the zone there is a chance you won't get into your zoned school.
posted by JPD at 7:11 AM on December 8, 2017 [2 favorites]


Have you considered Queens? I'm in Briarwood, where there isn't much to do, so it's cheap, but I've heard good things about the neighborhood schools. It's off the F and E trains, so your husband can transfer to the 7 at Roosevelt Ave.
posted by SansPoint at 8:15 AM on December 8, 2017 [2 favorites]


I absolutely second Queens.
posted by nonmerci at 11:58 AM on December 8, 2017


If you can find a way to live in lower Manhattan -- which will be challenging, I know, but there are some options -- and get zoned for PS 234, I recommend it very, very highly.
posted by The Bellman at 1:20 PM on December 8, 2017


Carroll Gardens is cheaper than Greenpoint, great schools, good community but commute will not be great. Check out Shadyside in Queens.
posted by sandmanwv at 2:37 PM on December 8, 2017


Bay ridge is a hidden gem. It’s a rare combination of cheap but safe with excellent schools (ps 102 and 185) and with $3000 you could easily get a nice 3 bedroom place which could work out for your studio. You’d struggle in Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens to get a nice 2 bed for under $3k.

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posted by hibbersk at 4:47 PM on December 8, 2017 [1 favorite]


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