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Are you talking about keeping it in Manhattan, or (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 30, 2001 at 08:12:07:

In Reply to: Anyone live in New York City/Will my e34 Survive ? posted by Derek A. on August 29, 2001 at 23:38:27:

in one of the outer boroughs? There are some big differences, and either way you have to get to know which roads to avoid and when. In Manhattan, your problem will be parking - there isn't any that is affordable _and_ safe. You can play the alternate side game in Manhattan and slowly watch your bumpers and door panels get whittled away, or you can pay $300-$400 per month to let someone else park the car (whittling happens more slowly in that case), or you can pay $400 or $500 and get a spot you can park it in yourself. Major cost-of-living expense to factor in if you are looking in Manhattan.

If you are in the outer boroughs, it depends how far out you go. I am just (6 blocks) inside of the city limits, but I've got a driveway, garage, lawn, plentiful street parking and smooth streets. It's only when I have to go over the bridges (particularly the Cross Bronx Expwy or the Belt Parkway) that I fear for my undersides. The downside there is that it takes 60-80 minutes to travel the 17 miles to my office by any method. Closer to Manhattan you will have shorter commutes, but parking is more problematic (See para 1 above).

Up or out in the burbs you will pretty much find what I currently have, only it will take a similar hour-or-so to travel to the city from a greater distance away, and you get a lot more open space, and pay higher property and school taxes. I am taking that to extremes, looking for houses in the cow-town I grew up in. I expect a 2 hour commute for a short time, until I move my job to the burbs as well.

Choose your pain. Email me if you have specific questions about neighborhoods, etc. The above really just deals with cars and commutes, ignoring the fact that NYC is the center of today's financial and business universe and one hell of a place to live! Oh, you also get the Yankees and their annual World Series Champ parade.


Micah O'C

I am am suburbanite. May have an opportunity to move to New York City. Know nothing about it. Look in the City or buy a house in the burbs. Opinions ? Will my e34 turn to crap running it downtown ?


Derek A
90 535i
113K 5 speed

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