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

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    Hello Everybody!!!
    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: where do RN's and their families live in the city. I have gone on a popular website for apartments/housing yet want to get a feel of what other nurses think. Thank ya, kindly...


    PS: I just turned 40 and I feel AWWWwwwwwSome!!! *(TeeeheeHee)*

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    I guess Long Island is an option... if you move into a town on one of the better LIRR lines, you can be in the city in about 40ish minutes (particularly the Babylon line). I'd say somewhere like Lynbrook, but there are tons of towns that are easily accessible (albeit expensive). Good luck.
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    It also depends what kind of lifestyle you live. Do you want a quiet neighborhood where you need a car just to go shopping for groceries? Do you want to live in an area that is filled with families and businesses? Also, because you have children, would you rather somewhere closer to your place of employment so your commute isn't too long? Do you want most of your paycheck going to your rent? There are many things to consider. You should definitely try the travel agency so you can get a feel of how nursing in NYC is.
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    Thank you so very much Mindylane and LM NY!!! Two of the most valuable bits of advice since ever!!! I am going to stick with the travel agency and go from there; the sky is the limit. Thanks again
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    As someone who was born and raised in NYC for more than 20 years:

    Manhattan is very expensive to live in. The only reason my family has lasted so long there is because they've been there since the turn of the century and therefore live in a rent-controlled apartment (rent-controlled apartments are not available otherwise). So you can easily spend a couple of grand or more on renting a studio apartment, and that's not including any utilities. And considering that's just the studio rate, I shudder to think what you'll end up paying for an apartment to house 5 people and 2 dogs. Some parts of Manhattan are cheaper than others...if you're willing to take on a subway ride, that is.

    Long Island can be expensive depending on where you want to live, plus you have the added hassle and expense of commutting on the LIRR to the city proper.

    Staten Island is its own isolated world, accessible only by car or ferry. Unless you are planning to work on Staten Island, don't even consider it.

    The other outer boros (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx) are generally cheaper to live in. But if you want to work at Sinai or NY Pres, you've definitely got a subway/bus commute in your future.

    One other thing: the cost of living is higher in NYC/LI in general, no matter where you live. Something else to keep in mind.

    I agree: try the travel agency first so you can get a feel of what it's like to live in NYC and how far your money goes. Also, I would NOT even begin to uproot and move your entire family to NYC without a permanent job offer in hand. The job market is very competitive even for those with experience.

    Best of luck.
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    Thank you Meriwhen! I had to let go of the 2 pups but the kids have to stay. Wow, you have a lot of insight, I am so glad that I came to allnurses; I was researching on my own. There are several travel agencies here in CA that is clamoring for me to get my NYS license; I hope that that is a good thing. All messages are met with much respect and gratitude. Thanks again.
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    Live in Manhattan but was born/raised on Staten Island and am here to tell you if you're looking for an apartment that can *hold* four children and two puppies/dogs don't even think of considering any of Manhattan's decent areas unless you wish to spend >$4k per month in rent. Even then you may not get that large a space and the building may restrict you to one dog.

    Best suggestion I have would be to join the other parents making the exodus to either Brooklyn,Queens or even parts of New Jersey, Westchester or Long Island. You can rent a townhouse, huge apartment or even an entire house for less than it would cost for similar in Manhattan, if you could find it as the real estate market for this area is hot.

    If you really want to remain in Manhattan I'd take a look at Battery Park City area/downtown Manhattan.

    All the Eastside hospitals (Bellevue, Mount Sinai, NYU-Langone, Lenox Hill, NYP, etc..) are easily reached by the IRT subway which takes you to Grand Central (where you can catch Metro North), and soon there will be a connection to the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) as well. Also there are parking garages near all these hospitals that offer discounts for staff (yes, quite allot of nurses, physicans and other staff drive in).
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    Thanks DoGoodThenGo! I am very open to commuting; I have reliable car but can catch the subway/ bus like the best of them. I am partial to Brooklyn ...
    Thank you, kindly
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    Some neighborhoods you can look at in Brooklyn: Park Slope, Sunset Park, Prospect Heights, Midwood, Kensington, Gravesend, Bay Ridge, Borough Park, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay. All these areas are safe and family friendly (a lot of families already live there). They are also affordable except for Park Slope and Prospect Heights depending on what part of the neighborhood you look at.

    In Queens: Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside, Jackson Heights. These are areas that have a lot of families and are also affordable. You can search nyc craigslist apartment section and put in price ranges and what # of bedrooms in apartment you are looking for.
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    Also in Queens: Ozone Park, Woodhaven, and parts of Jamaica if you dont mind being farther out from Manhattan. Long Island Hospitals are always hiring especially experienced RNs so these areas would put you close to LI and maybe 40 min subway ride to Manhattan.
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