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Offline sabnyc90

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Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« on: February 09, 2020, 10:58:25 PM »
Hi there,
I've been an NYC resident for a little less than a year now though I my family lived here when they first moved to America, so I have some familiarity with the Queens area and Jackson Heights since we used to go there all the time for shopping for South Asian groceries. However, I've been living on my own now as a professional in my twenties and decided to first move to Astoria since I've heard many people my age choosing to live there. I see the appeal of Astoria, but I've been considering different neighborhoods since Astoria feels expensive, the quality of apartments don't feel that great, the fewer transportation options and the whole hipster feeling not really being my thing lol. I've seen some apartments in Jackson Heights along the 82nd street stop. I'm wondering if anybody lives around that area and how they like it in terms of walkability, transportation, etc. I don't have a car, so I want to be able to be in an area convenient to grocery stores, fine to walk around and easy to commute. Would love to hear thoughts!

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 07:53:29 AM »
Welcome!  I live around 77th Street.  I find JH is a very convenient place to live without a car.  The neighborhood itself is very pleasant and walkable.  And there are multiple subway lines to Manhattan, which is especially convenient on evenings and weekends, when any individual route may be disrupted due to maintenance work.   

P.S. While you're still checking out the neighborhood, be sure to check out our outstanding Greenmarket on a Sunday morning!

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 08:43:22 AM »
Hi there, you cannot really compare Astoria to Jackson Heights. I lived in Astoria about 30 years ago, than moved to Jackson Heights and never looked back. The housing stock is better here, larger apartments, and while your looking, check out some with private gardens. I think 34th Ave. and 35th  Ave. are lovely blocks to be walking along in the spring and summer. Jackson Heights shopping is also better, and much more convenient, not to mention the diversity and lower prices for food than Astoria. Subways are definitely better, with a good bus system as well. For now at least. Of course every neighborhood has its downside. 82nd St. tends  to be noisy with the buses and ambulances. But, if you get an apartment in the back facing a private garden it probably will not affect you. It may be less expensive if you walked a few blocks away from 82nd St. It will also be greener, and quieter. But I much prefer Jackson Heights to Astoria.

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 10:19:03 AM »
 As much as Jackson Heights can be a terrific place to live, I would first ask the question are you in a relationship or looking to be? Nightlife here for younger people is not that vibrant (there are pockets) and the people steering you towards Astoria are probably thinking of that aspect of life. Of course you can live in this neighborhood and find nightlife elsewhere but it's not that much a twenties scene here and I would suggest car services home at night if you are out very late while living in JH.

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 10:25:17 AM »
We moved to JH four years ago. I am married and middle-aged, but if I were younger and single I would not move to JH. The Pros of the neighborhood are beautiful and (relatively) affordable apartments, good transit access, it's safe, and we enjoy the diversity in ethnicities and cultures. The Cons are there are few casual "American" restaurants or bars, it's not all that fast to get to Manhattan, and Roosevelt Avenue is pretty sketchy at night.

If you do choose to move here, live as close as possible to the 74th St/Roosevelt Avenue transit hub. We live near 82nd / 7 train line and it adds 10-20 min to our daily commute.

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 10:29:52 AM »
Definitely make sure that the 74th/Roosevelt Ave Express Hub is your subway stop.

That way you can zoom to Brooklyn/Astoria and Manhattan.

Express E to the G for Brooklyn
R/M to Astoria
Express E/F to Manhattan

And when there's an issue with any of those subway lines...getting to the 7 will always get you back...above any underground mess!
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 10:35:04 AM by abcdefghijk »

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 01:18:57 PM »
I lived in Astoria for 17 years before moving to Jackson Heights 10 years ago.  The historic district of Jackson Heights is far more beautiful than Astoria, particularly in the spring, summer and fall months and it seems to me the housing stock here is nicer.  The contrary is true outside of the historic district.  I believe there is far more home ownership in JH compared to more of a renter's market in Astoria.  Though JH is a little further out, we've got express trains which makes travel to Manhattan about the same.  Plus, there are more subway lines to choose from should one be out due to maintenance.  Plenty of grocery stores within walking distance in JH although it is my opionion they all could use an upgrade.  Still, Frosted Flakes is Frosted Flakes wherever you buy it.  The Greenmarket on Sundays is definitely an added bonus here in JH.  On the downside, JH definitely does not have the hip and lively restaurant scene Astoria has.  30th Avenue in Astoria is lively well into the night whereas JH seems to close up shop relatively early.  JH is definitely very walkable.  I guess I've pretty much reiterated what others have said.  Hope we're being helpful.  (This website is also a great resource for those living in JH.  I don't believe Astoria has anything like it.  Not that I know of anyway.)

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 02:13:23 PM »
I personally would not make sure that the 74th St. is my subway station. I would prefer to be above 82nd street. Just seems quieter. I don’t mind to have the options of the Q49, the #7, or even walking the 8 blocks or so as a way to connect to the Express. I guess it depends on where your final destination in Manhattan will be. But the #7 train, if you get on at 82nd or 90th and have a seat, is quite a pleasant ride in the morning.

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2020, 02:20:50 PM »
The question is from someone in his/her 20's. Not a senior. He/she will need to go to Brooklyn/Manhattan/Astoria pretty often. That's only really do-able conveniently when you're near that express stop.

But actually, what's great about the JH express stop  is that all those three locations are very reachable from it.

And for instance everyone knows that to get from Brooklyn to Astoria is nigh on impossible.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 02:29:19 PM by abcdefghijk »

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2020, 02:27:10 PM »
I came to JH from Astoria 16 years ago and still miss Astoria and I'm not single.   I miss the food shops, bakeries, the gyms and yoga, the neighborhood vibe, the bars, the stores, the beautiful parks.  I moved because I wanted to buy not rent and JH is affordable.  I don't think the commute is any worse and I love JH restaurants.  You don't need a car.  Maybe I wouldn't like Astoria as much now with the hipster vibe although I don't notice it much when I visit.  It feels safer in Astoria at night because there are people around on the street. 

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2020, 02:37:06 PM »
The beautiful parks?  Where?  Astoria Park is nice, but it's actually pretty far from the Steinway/30th Avenue location I generally think of as Astoria.  I guess the Astoria boundaries must extend further to the water, but that certainly is not the hipster area.  Nor is it walkable to grocery stores.....or anything for that matter. 

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2020, 02:44:17 PM »
The beautiful parks?  Where?  Astoria Park is nice, but it's actually pretty far from the Steinway/30th Avenue location I generally think of as Astoria.  I guess the Astoria boundaries must extend further to the water, but that certainly is not the hipster area.  Nor is it walkable to grocery stores.....or anything for that matter.

Astoria Park is kinda near the last stop on Ditmars. Ditmars is very hip. (The Thirsty Koala is my fave) Astoria Park is very reachable/walkable from that last stop. And pretty wonderful in summer. They've just renovated it. Plus there's a beautiful East River bank promenade in the North direction. For us, Ditmars/Astoria Park is the 7 to the N/W @ Queensboro...do-able.    (The R, M Astoria Steinway stop is easier from here, of course. And that's kinda near Socrates Sculpture Park. Which is also amazing in summer.)
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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2020, 03:13:13 PM »
That's right, Ditmars area is hip and closer to Astoria Park.  Is the renovation complete?  I ride my bike over that way in the summertime and the "track section" that was being renovated was still not open.  Do not recall any other work going on there.  The pool always looks nice, but the diving area that was supposed to be turned into a music venue never seemed to have happened.  As far as Socrates Park is concerned, I believe I may be in the miniority, but it looks like a big waste of space to me.  I don't find it attractive at all and the installations are rarely appealing. 

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2020, 03:17:23 PM »
That's right, Ditmars area is hip and closer to Astoria Park.  Is the renovation complete?  I ride my bike over that way in the summertime and the "track section" that was being renovated was still not open.  Do not recall any other work going on there.  The pool always looks nice, but the diving area that was supposed to be turned into a music venue never seemed to have happened.  As far as Socrates Park is concerned, I believe I may be in the miniority, but it looks like a big waste of space to me.  I don't find it attractive at all and the installations are rarely appealing.

Excellent free international films are screened @ Socrates on summer evenings...(Sigh, I miss summer)

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Re: Considering moving to Jackson Heights, looking for insight
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2020, 03:54:46 PM »
but we haven't even had winter!

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