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A question for you New York natives...

I am currently visiting New York City with my better-half, and we're hoping to check out Brooklyn later this afternoon/evening. There's a chance we might be moving to Brooklyn in the next couple of years, and, given that neither of us have ever visited Brooklyn before, we're trying to get an idea of the place before we have to make any decisions. Our main local connection told us to check out Park Slope, so I know we're heading that direction.

Is anything that we "must see"?

Edit: Yeah, it helps if my questions make some sense.

(edited by Leroy on 15.2.09 1155)



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Park Slope is where I would go.



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Everywhere is constantly in transition, especially lately. If it's you and a partner, then you're probably best in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens or Brooklyn Heights.

But it really depends on the kind of people you are, what you do for fun, how soon might here be kids, that sort of thing.



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We ate at Chilies & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen, which had the most authentic mole negro I have had outside of Oaxaca City, and then had a drink at the Black Sheep Pub. I was kind of surprised at how much Park Slope reminded me of parts of San Francisco.

    Originally posted by Brian P. Dermody
    If it's you and a partner, then you're probably best in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens or Brooklyn Heights.


The owner of the restaurant came by and chatted with us a bit - he basically said that Park Slope was his favorite place, and then listed off the other places you mentioned in the very order you had above. So... we'll see...




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Since: 18.2.04
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Junior's (maps.google.com) is always a "must see" for me. Best cheesecakes I ever had. No better way to spend a Sunday morning than going there for breakfast and then walking it off down Fulton Street.

(edited by TwisterF5 on 17.2.09 2001)


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Since: 6.1.02
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You've got to give us an idea of a) how much you can afford to pay in rent, b) what your minimum standard for an apartment is, a c) where you're going to be working and how long you're willing to commute and d) what you want in a neighborhood.

Most people will tell you the stuff above, which is basically ridiculously expensive Yuppie Hell.



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    Originally posted by MoeGates
    a) how much you can afford to pay in rent, b) what your minimum standard for an apartment is, a c) where you're going to be working and how long you're willing to commute and d) what you want in a neighborhood.


The first three are TBD - except to say that Park Slope is about the same as - if only slightly more expensive than - Santa Barbara. A lateral employment move on both our parts would make parts Park Slope doable.

The last one, however, is the important one - a neighborhood that has a pretty proud local vibe without a California-inspired xenophobia. And which wouldn't be an outrageous place to have a family when the time comes.

    Originally posted by MoeGates
    Most people will tell you the stuff above, which is basically ridiculously expensive Yuppie Hell.


Yeah, I was trying to get around saying that directly with my "it reminds me of parts of San Francisco" line. I liked the restaurant and the pub, but Park Slope has way too much of a "hipster" vibe for me to feel comfortable.

Fortunately, we've recently learned that our potential move is even less urgent than we originally thought, so we have plenty of time to figure stuff out.




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Since: 6.1.02
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I highly suggest you expand your search to Queens also. Sunnyside/Woodside/Astoria/ maybe even Jackson Heights all kind of sound more like your type of neighborhood. Much less annoying Yuppie Hell, much cheaper, and much closer to Midtown to boot. For some reason, being able to write "Brooklyn" instead of "Queens" on you mail seems to increase rents about 40% automatically.



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