When in the market to buy or rent a new place, many New Yorkers shop for a neighborhood first. And once they have their hearts set on a location, many will sacrifice square footage and pay a premium just to live there.
Distilling each neighborhood's trials and tribulations is the aim of our
Transitions column, in which one New Yorker each week contrasts their latest 'hood with the one they left behind. What’s resulted is an unvarnished firsthand guide to dozens of NYC nabes (and micro-nabes).
There are the cross-borough moves, like
West 14th Street to Carroll Gardens and the West 11th Street to Prospect Heights, that has left many Transition-ites swearing they’d never return to too-busy, too-crowded and too-expensive Manhattan.
We've heard from die-hard Manhattanites too. There was
the woman who discovered that she was paying less in the West Village than in Williamsburg, the Queens refugee who was thrilled to return to Upper Manhattan and the current Astoria-dweller pining for "the city."
Among the findings that may or may not affect one's decision to colonize a particular neighborhood:
the Lower East Side is party central on the weekends, some of the best Manhattan deals are near the Second Avenue subway construction, Bay Ridge has got a young Brooklyn vibe without the Park Slope prices, and DUMBO's got Brooklyn "cool" down pat, but the pricey area is lacking in some conveniences, while perhaps most surprisingly, one of NYC's most bustling Midtown nabes can feel downright neighborly.
A comprehensive list of Transitions is below. Look out for more every Friday.
Neighborhood Manhattan Bronx Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Westchester Jersey City Hoboken
Price up to $500,000 up to $750,000 up to $1,000,000 up to $1,250,000 up to $1,500,000 up to $2,000,000 up to $3,000,000 up to $5,000,000 up to $6,000,000 up to $7,000,000 up to $8,000,000 no maximum
Price up to $2,000 up to $3,000 up to $4,000 up to $5,000 up to $6,000 up to $7,000 up to $8,000 up to $9,000 no maximum
Bedrooms studio at least 1 bedroom at least 2 bedrooms at least 3 bedrooms at least 4 bedrooms 5 or more bedrooms
Bathrooms at least 1 bathroom at least 1.5 bathrooms at least 2 bathrooms at least 2.5 bathrooms at least 3 bathrooms at least 3.5 bathrooms at least 4 bathrooms 4.5 or more bathrooms Presented by To Manhattan: Upper East Side to Kips Bay: I still don't really hang out where I live East Village to the Upper East Side: Singing the Trader Joe's blues Astoria, Queens to Upper Manhattan: Glad to be back UWS to Yorkville: "If you want to live in Manhattan and you're not rich, you have to give some things up" East Village to Chelsea: Regrets only Prospect Heights to the Upper West Side: More families, less CSI Escape from the UES: Goodbye douchebaggery, hello Hell's Kitchen Central Harlem to Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen: More restaurants, a shorter commute, and $6 movie tickets Manhattan Valley to the East Village: Fewer strollers...and lower cab fare West Village to Midtown: The crowds turn locals into neighbors Murray Hill to the Upper West Side: The real estate equivalent of growing up Williamsburg to the West Village: One of Manhattan's most desirable neighborhoods for less Midwood, Brooklyn to Washington Heights: Higher rent and a friendlier Orthodox community East Williamsburg to Hell's Kitchen: From hosting the party to living above it Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Hudson Heights: Two tucked away, cool neighborhoods East Village to Midtown East: A familly friendly neighborhood with many more conveniences To Brooklyn/Queens: Gravesend to Bay Ridge: Authentic Brooklyn with a younger vibe + lower prices than the Slope Jackson Heights to Prospect Heights: From loving my apartment to loving my neighborhood Lower East Side to Brooklyn Heights: No sleep 'til Brooklyn 14th Street to Carroll Gardens: "Even if we could afford to move back to Manhattan, I wouldn't" Park Slope to Fort Greene: Fewer strollers, more diversity Hell’s Kitchen to Astoria, Queens: I'll take Manhattan West Village to Prospect Heights: "I was Manhattan-ed out" Brooklyn Heights to DUMBO: What it lacks in groceries, it makes up for in cool Astoria, Queens to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn: More space, inside and out