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Thread: English person moving to New York...help choosing where :)

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    Smile English person moving to New York...help choosing where :)

    Hello New Yorkers, first post on this site so be easy

    First of all, thank you for http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...t=10190&page=2 I read it back to front and now looking for some advice.

    I will be moving to New York in January and want to find a place to live that suits me and have been trawling a ton of sites and my head is ready to burst, so I thought I would ask you guys as you seem to know your stuff.

    Relevant info:

    1) Ideally would like to live in Manhattan. In a one bedroom place.
    2)I will be on a decent salary $145,000ish - Is this good enough to live in Manhattan, and how much should I be looking for rent. With no idea of taxes/living costs I thought $3,500 should be my upper upper limit, not sure if this too high or too low or whether I can afford more or less.
    3) Late twenties, not single, but partner still in UK. Not into poncey clubs, or that laddish suited culture. Would love a nice alternative community feel.
    4) I will be working on E42nd and Madison, very close to Grand Central St. and would like to walk to work (20min walk/jog max). Really want to stay away from the subway after 11 years on the UK tube system (So maybe no more than 5-10mins journey on subway max, 20mins door to door)
    5) I would like a quiet neighbourhood but still close enough so I can walk 20mins to get the flavour of 'manhattan' (I imagine this is the villages and further south when non-NYs picture manhattan). For instance I would like to go out and experience the night life, but then turn a corner to my place to find a quiet hide-a-way (as close as you can get) and not have the night life right on your door way.
    6) A place with a gym in it - more of a wish list item

    Apologies for the wall of text.

    Sorry, I appreciate that this has probably been asked a million times before but any help is appreciated.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Garden_of_England; December 21st, 2008 at 08:13 PM.

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    Thanks for the tip. I was always under the impression that Murray Hill was full of yuppie grads and had a bit of a "frat" feel to it (which in England conjures images of 20-something yuppy men). Is this something which is still true? I unfortunately work with the suited "lets hit the expensive clubs and go to a lapdancing bar" kind of people and would like to move away from that.

    As I am still a rocker / poet at heart and would love to live near a similar alternative scene / community

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    Hell's Kitchen.

    Slightly longer walk to Grand Central. You may get sick of fighting your way through Times Square's crowds.

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    Gramercy Park area, if you can afford it or can get a deal.

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    Cheers for the tips Ablarc

    May not exist, but is there a place where all the english/brits seem to live and you can find a proper english pub (sports bars make me want to hang myself)

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    http://nymag.com/srch?t=restaurant&N=265+338+1174&No=0

    You might also enjoy McSorley's in the East Village and the White Horse in the West Village.

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    Welcome to New York, need a butler?

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    Nice choice of bars

    Sorry for the questions, I hate being clueless about things. Especially after being an expert on London and know immediately where to live/socialise based on personality.

    DKNY - only if you do really look like Brad Pitt

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    How did you find Wired New York?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden_of_England View Post
    Nice choice of bars

    Sorry for the questions, I hate being clueless about things. Especially after being an expert on London and know immediately where to live/socialise based on personality.

    DKNY - only if you do really look like Brad Pitt

    No I don't... haha.

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    If you want a 20 minute walk to the Village, consider the side streets of Chelsea, or possibly Madison Square. Just tell your broker you don't want to be close to a noisy bar.

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    Hi Garden . . .

    The rule of thumb is that you want to be able to show that your income is 40x your monthly rent, so you are looking at spending up to $3625. For that, you can get a one-bedroom that's cute in a townhouse on a side street in Chelsea . . .

    Buchbinder and Warren (http://www.buchbinderwarren.com/rentals.php) has one on the fifth floor for $3,495 if you're willing to brave some stairs; there are ones on lower floors too, but they're all through small management companies so the B and W one is the closest thing to a web link I can show you.

    You will very much like your neighborhood (its artsy and quiet; Minnie Driver used to live over there) but your commute will be bad because it's a pain to go from east to west.

    More alternative-y and a better commute will be the East Side -- Avalon Chrystie Place is a luxury building over there; the building might feel a tiny bit hotel-y but it will be nice, it has a gym and a pool, and it is right near the neighborhoods you want -- good access to the artsy Lower East Side and SoHo shopping. A one bedroom will run you $3625, and they'll pay your broker's fee (typically 15% of one year's rent).

    http://www.avaloncommunities.com/ava...r.asp?comm=178

    Walk-to-work will be harder, not because those neighborhoods don't exist, but because they aren't removed and artsy. If you live right near where you work it will be noisy; if you live over near the river on the East Side because it's quiet, it will feel a little stuffy to you, I think.

    Happy to answer more questions, especially if you can bring over some Stilton, please.

    ali r.
    {downtown broker}

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