RN Mom: Where Do Nurses Live in New York City? - page 4

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Hello Everybody!!!:D I am moving to the Big Apple along with my 4 kids and 2 pups. I am a single mom and would like to work with a travel agency (that provides housing) in NYC or land a job at Mt. Sinai or NYPH. My question is:... Read More


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    I just read the extra posts and wanted to add a little more. If you're going to be placed in the Bronx, you'll want to count out Brooklyn for living -- it will take you forever and a day to get up to the Bronx!! My boyfriend's brother and wife live in Mott Haven (not an area of the Bronx I'd suggest to live, FYI!!!!...same with Kingsbridge, Yankee Stadium, Williamsbridge, Morrisania, and Hunts Point) and it takes him about 2 hours to get to Brooklyn when he comes to visit. It's a little shorter of a commute with a car, but 1 accident on the FDR or West Side Highway will have you spitting fire and calling your job to say you'll be late...very, very late. The good thing about the Bronx is you have the option to live in Westchester/Yonkers which is fairly affordable, but you need a car (which is why most people don't live there, a car is pretty much a luxury in NYC). The commute in isn't terrible from there -- not a totally clear path, but pretty easy in regard to NYC standards. Like pepnp5 said, the Bronx does get a bad rep -- people here view the Bronx the way Compton is viewed in Los Angeles. The only really, really good area is Riverdale, but it's a bit pricey to live there.

    Regarding what ProfRN4 said about Queens, that's also a good option. It's pretty residential there and the only areas I'd avoid are Hollis, Jamaica, and Jackson Heights. A good rule of thumb is if there is a large cluster of NYCHA/public housing buildings, you're running the risk of areas being not so great.

    That being said, if you're looking for permanent employment in the NYC area, check out hospitals all over Long Island and in the suburbs that are a commutable to NYC via the Metro North. Personally, my heart is still on Long Island =) I went to SUNY Stony Brook before moving out to NYC and many, many of my sorority sisters were nursing majors and work at hospitals all over Long Island. They're making the same $75k+ nurses in NYC are making, but have the added bonus of beautiful beaches, less traffic congestion, cheaper rents, and backyards!
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    Quote from Destin293
    Personally, my heart is still on Long Island =) I went to SUNY Stony Brook before moving out to NYC and many, many of my sorority sisters were nursing majors and work at hospitals all over Long Island. They're making the same $75k+ nurses in NYC are making, but have the added bonus of beautiful beaches, less traffic congestion, cheaper rents, and backyards!
    But VERY high taxes!! You'd have to go a decent distance out there at least 30-45 minutes to get a reasonably priced house.

    Not saying that the houses where I live are cheap either :/
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    True, but the same goes for all of the NYC area. A good friend of mine purchased a house in Westchester and pays about $10k in taxes -- which is what the going rate is in Nassau county (my boyfriend's mother lives in Bellmore and pays 10k as well). Suffolk is a little cheaper depending on the area. Property taxes actually inside NYC aren't too bad, but the cost of buying a house is outrageous!! I live in Bay Ridge and homes around here go for an average of $700,000 -- and you're still looking at an hour commute to the city. A 1-bedroom apartment in a building will go for about $250,000 - $300,000. There's new-build condos that they are charging $800,000 (awesome view of the bridge, but still crazy)! I'd rather buy a house for $300,000 in Suffolk county and pay slightly higher property tax than buy an apartment for the same price and still pay $6,000 a year in maintenance fees.
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    Long Island is a gorgeous place to live. However, you will pay through the nose for both housing and for property taxes on the island. I have family that lives in Nassau County where homes start in the high 600s...and we're talking a tiny Cape Cod house on a postage stamp-sized plot, not a sprawling mansion on acres.

    Plus, if you work in NYC, you'll also have to pay commuting costs: either the LIRR or gas money for the drive. BTW, driving on 495 is a tortuous experience even if it's not rush hour.

    Generally housing in Suffolk County is cheaper than Nassau County..but not always. Downside of Suffolk is that commute, unless you're planning to work on Long Island.
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    I grew up in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay), and in my late 20s moved to Houston, TX. I changed careers after kids and only became a nurse at 34 - a little over a year ago. I work in Houston and am dreaming of the day that I can move back to NY. It's amazing! There are lots of great neighborhoods and I don't know if you've already picked a place, but most areas are full of families and I don't think any neighborhoods are more unsafe than others (not including the crack areas). Where I grew up is considered South Brooklyn, about 35-45 min on the subway to Manhattan (depends on where you are going) and we have trees, a great beach and lots of culture (Russian, Italian, Irish). Good luck! Keep us updated


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