Author Topic: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?  (Read 11501 times)

Offline Matt

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #45 on: September 18, 2014, 11:44:07 PM »
True, Sunnyside only has one train, but at least it is the BEST train in NYC.
http://www.straphangers.org/statesub14/7profile.pdf

I almost always choose the E or the F over the 7 train to get into Manhattan. The 7 train is probably more tolerable from Sunnyside than it is from Jackson Heights as there are fewer stops into the city. I've definitely had more problems with the 7 train than other trains in the neighborhood. Considering I take it the least out of the trains and I experience the most problems with it, I have to question Straphangers grading system. When the 7 train is not working, it is nice to be able to walk downstairs and take a different train.

Sunnyside is a nice neighborhood, but I still choose Jackson Heights.

One area that I've explored more this summer than in past years is the Rockaways from around the Cross Bay Bridge west to Ft. Tilden. There's a lot of nice things happening there with new and better restaurants and bars, etc. Very different than just a few years back. I'm not sure what it would be like to live there year round. It is definitely lacking many of the conveniences that we take for granted in JH, such as the wide variety of places to shop for groceries. Definitely a horrible commute if you have to get to Manhattan each day, but a great commute to the beach! I've definitely had the, "could I live here?" thought cross my mind while there, but this may be the result of too much sun after a day at the beach.

I'm happy to stay in JH for the foreseeable future.

Offline 718mom

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2014, 06:26:13 AM »
We are a two income household with 2 kids and are being priced out too, there is no way we could ever own here, we have no future here and are considering leaving NYC completely.   We love JH and would live in this neighborhood (where I have raised my children, they attend a neighborhood school), we just pay a ridiculous amount of money for our apartment.  :-[

Offline Superclam

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2014, 08:18:47 AM »
We are a two income household with 2 kids and are being priced out too, there is no way we could ever own here, we have no future here and are considering leaving NYC completely.   We love JH and would live in this neighborhood (where I have raised my children, they attend a neighborhood school), we just pay a ridiculous amount of money for our apartment.  :-[

Have you looked east, to Northridge or Southridge, or perhaps north, to east Elmhurst? Prices are cheaper there.

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2014, 11:26:38 AM »
We are a two income household with 2 kids and are being priced out too, there is no way we could ever own here, we have no future here and are considering leaving NYC completely.   We love JH and would live in this neighborhood (where I have raised my children, they attend a neighborhood school), we just pay a ridiculous amount of money for our apartment.  :-[

Have you looked east, to Northridge or Southridge, or perhaps north, to east Elmhurst? Prices are cheaper there.

Yea I've seen 2 bedrooms for as low as 150k in those complexes... that's not just cheap for NYC, that's cheap for just about any big city.

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2014, 01:22:05 PM »
One area I don't see mentioned here is Bensonhurst and its environs.  I actually regret not looking there as well when I moved to JH.  I like the restaurant choices better and the commute would be much easier for me. Housing prices are very similar to JH - and I'd love to live near L&B Spumoni Gardens! It's one of my all-time favorite pizza places.  My friend's 2-bedroom has a view of the bay and is pre-war and huge. Oh, and the building has a nice pool!  He pays $2100 a month - which I think is quite close to what a 2-bedroom goes for around here.  Condo/coops are reasonable as well.  I have no idea about the schools - it's a non-issue for me.

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #50 on: September 20, 2014, 09:45:22 AM »
Bensonhurst is a nice area, but the main negative for me is the distance from manhattan. it's a lot longer commute and i can't even imagine the cab price for the rare nights when i would take that route home (it's about 20 bucks for me on a late night, either down northern from midtown or over the williamsburg from downtown). i also find this to be a better looking/more pleasant neighborhood in general...but L & B is most definitely a selling point (as is the growing Chinatown).

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #51 on: September 20, 2014, 07:08:06 PM »
Every bad experience I've ever had or witnessed, has occurred on the E/F trains.  Not a one on the 7.  I like to see the sky, the skyline and the changes to the neighborhoods the train passes through.  I've lived in Woodside, Sunnyside and JH where I will stay for several reasons.  Commute, number of train options, restaurants, nearness to LGA, access to highways, housing stock, ease of access to CT and northern counties, diversity‚Ķ.

A bigger dog park and more green space would be nice and there are negatives, but overall?  One of the best areas in NYC.

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2014, 04:06:18 PM »
It's sooo hard to find nice place in the City. We are staying in JH, because of express train, nice Historic District and private gardens. I would love better schools, but we'll see later on, when the time comes.
We have to transit from 1 BR to 2 BR, but only if we find something in lower 300k range, which is really hard. All I can see now is over $350k and $400k.

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #53 on: September 26, 2014, 10:46:02 AM »
park slope/prospect heights is my dream.

Offline lindsey

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #54 on: October 20, 2014, 11:01:37 AM »
For affordable, decent housing still within city limits, what about southeast Queens? Places like St. Albans, Queens Village-- middle class neighborhoods that were hit hard in the 80's and later by the foreclosure crisis, but may be on the upswing now.
Trulia is full of listings for single- and double-family homes in St. Albans, many of them under $300,000. You don't have anywhere near the convenience of Jackson Heights, but there is the LIRR and J train.
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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #55 on: October 21, 2014, 10:43:08 AM »
Part of the southeast Queens issue is the chronic flooding and the high number of illegally converted houses.  The second one may not be a big deal for some people, but the flooding is an issue for many. Until that issue is sorted out, caveat emptor. 

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #56 on: October 21, 2014, 11:34:18 AM »
Ah, good point about the flooding Brook Lynn. And in general, lt's easy to romanticize having your own house, until you realize what a great deal of work it is to maintain one...

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Re: Where would you live if not in Jackson Heights?
« Reply #56 on: October 21, 2014, 11:34:18 AM »