Where to rent apartment at NYC?

Google techfiner
Sep 4 27 Comments

I’m moving to NYC midtown. So any recommendation of apt that’s convenient to get to midtown?

I’m looking at Queens like elmhurst, forest hill and even Astoria.
Pro: cheaper, and subway direct to midtown. However heard nyc subway always delay?
Con: Old building, mediocre environment and not sure safe?

Also NJ like Jersey City.
Pro: New building and better environment.
Con: More expensive? Maybe hard to get to midtown? I’ve no idea about the experience of taking bus from NJ to midtown (compared to taking subway)

Also curious about the subway R line from forest hill to midtown, is that slow or fast? (Says every 10 min on google map)

Many thanks!

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TOP 27 Comments
  • R line is local (slow) in Queens. You can take E train from Forest Hills. It’s express. It takes around 30 mins to Google office in Chelsea. Forest Hills is safe imo.
    Sep 4 7
    • Local (R, M) train stops every station. Express (E, F) only stops main stations. Express train gets to city faster.
      Sep 4
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Thanks. Also for E, F do we usually see delay? And is it easy to have a seat during morning hours? I wanna work on the subway, don’t wanna waste that 40 min
      Sep 4
    • NYC metro always delay. Weekdays are mostly fine. Weekend is crazy due to construction. It’s pretty easy for me to get a seat in the morning (around 9:00am) Won’t suggest to work on the subway. Can do some light weight thing, like checking email, read...
      Sep 4
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Sounds cool. I only care about weekdays! Also Adobe, guess now u r living in Forest Hill and subway to midtown to work?
      Sep 4
    • Yes. Leaving adobe soon though.
      Sep 4
  • BCG Digital Ventures / Consultant qzqA11
    Jersey City or Hoboken isnt bad. Take the PATH train or the ferry over. You're in the city in 15 minutes. For NJ you can also pick anything near NJ Penn Station as the train will take you right to NY Penn Station. The other option would be Weehawken maybe.
    Sep 4 4
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Thanks! May I ask you what’s the usual rent for 1-bed apt at JC or Hoboken, esp close to the station? Definitely more costly than Queens? (It’s better place though)
      Sep 4
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      If you care about money, NYC is a nonstarter. You make most of NJ rent back in income tax reduction...the same price as Manhattan = 3.8pct of your net income less.
      Sep 4
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Thx but I’m afraid those newly built apt at NJ could be more costly than old ones at Queens? I simply pay less for rent
      Sep 4
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      Uh...you realize the tax difference is about 6000/year for an entry level Google job at 160k not including any capital gains you have?

      500/month is a ton of money to make up in rent.
      Sep 4
  • New / Eng
    panditji

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    If you want to save money, staying in NJ is also beneficial from a tax point of view as you don't need to pay the NYC City tax.
    Commuting to NYC from Jersey City or Hoboken is fairly good on weekdays but PATH is almost always undergoing some repairs over weekends. So if you want to be in the city every week then I'd recommend staying in the city.
    Sep 4 3
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Thx but would it be painful to first PATH then subway to midtown? If live at Queens, the subway will directly get me to midtown. Also heard the property tax is also high? Kind of similar to city tax? I just care about weekday btw thx
      Sep 4
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      You don't own the house, property tax shouldn't matter to you.

      Path then subway is okay, 23rd has a very fast transfer to the F line.
      Sep 4
    • Fox News / Eng
      HannityS

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      PATH is a flat fee $90 per month for unlimited travel pass, only issue have to wait 20 minutes minimum before swiping for use again. Subway is $2.75 per ride, or $120 per month timed-pass, with a 14 min wait for a bad swipe. Walk on foot from 33rd PATH to Rockefeller center, Bloomberg isn't terrible even in winters. Same kinda walk from Penn station to Bloomberg. You actually have plenty of options to plan a budgeted spending and get the most out of NYC experience!!
      Sep 4
  • Twitter jajajaj
    Hoboken anytime better than Weehawken, Jersey City, Newport or Secaucus. Source: First hand experience. Stay in NYC if you have the money, even better than Hoboken.
    Sep 4 2
    • Fox News / Eng
      HannityS

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      5 min walk away from the Hoboken PATH station is very expensive housing, and 15 min walk away is terrible winters. Harrison NJ next to the PATH station is developing rapidly, worth a look. Also Exchange Place is decent, but deserted on weekends and sundays particularly.
      Sep 4
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      Thanks. “By stay in NYC”, you mean manhattan? No surely I can only afford places in Queens, where I can get a not-bad apartment with only 1600! Unbelievable for SF
      Sep 4
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    Hoboken is terrible if you like to not be miserable.

    OP your actual rent in Queens is not 1600, it’s actually 1600 + city tax = 2,200 if you make 200K a year. If you pay 1,600 a month then your apartment is the cheapest one can find and is likely disgusting and in a terrible neighborhood.

    I’m sure you can get that price in some Oakland ghetto. How is Queens any different?
    Sep 4 1
    • Google techfiner
      OP
      So where did you live when at Bloomberg?
      Sep 5
  • Intel NYresident
    Are you still looking for a roommate?
    Sep 14 0
  • Bloomberg 🌲 50
    Weehaken all the way. Lincoln tunnel and midtown 1 or 2 bus stops away. Port imperial by the waterfront is nice.
    Sep 12 0
  • Apple / IT w0rd
    Check the first 6-10 stops on the 7 train
    Sep 6 0
  • Bloomberg Enig16
    Are you single?
    Sep 4 0
  • Fox News / Eng
    HannityS

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    HannitySmore
    Another good option is to share a house with few others in Financial District, supposedly very safe district, sharing is cheap, and commute will be decent.
    Sep 4 0