Penthouse in Harlem vs. Studio in Upper West Side

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Guys,

I'm trying to decide between living in a luxury building penthouse (studio) located in Harlem vs. living in a regular studio apartment in the Upper West Side. Which would you choose and why?

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Comments (12)

Apr 14, 2012

where precisely in harlem? west or east

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Apr 14, 2012

It just depends on what you want and it depends where on the apts are located. An Apt in the UWS that is far away from a subway (riverside/west end) might lead to a longer commute than an apt in "harlem" close to a subway (i.e. mid 90's on the east side close to the 4,5,6).

It also depends on what you like/how much time you will spend in your apt. Do you like coming home to a nice apartment with a doorman? Or do you rarely spend time at home/work a ton of hours? Do you like having a bunch of nice restaurants/shops close by?

Apr 14, 2012

Get a studio in Jersey City and save yourself $1500/month.

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Apr 15, 2012
IlliniProgrammer:

Get a studio in Jersey City and save yourself $1500/month.

who voted this down? He is trying to help someone save money (which I agree with)

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Apr 14, 2012

Get the studio unless you enjoy getting hassled and potentially shot for having a job

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Apr 15, 2012

It depends where in Harlem. I had a friend who lived around 125th street on the East Side. The apartment was huge but the building was a total dump and the area sucked. I never felt unsafe, per say, but it wasn't a place you'd want to be walking around at night. Nor would I want a girlfriend or whatever walking around there at night. Plus, it was just a dump all around. Garbage everywhere, dudes just chilling on the corner all the time, fucking absurd.

Apr 15, 2012

This is the building: albertanyc.com

Apr 15, 2012

If it's a luxury penthouse I assume there's doormen and maybe some type of security for the harlem place. But how's the rest of the neighborhood? Are we talking mid-high 90's "Harlem" or a neighborhood with a bunch of projects and shady characters? Is it really close to the subway?

One big consideration when choosing a place in NYC is proximity to subways. Being say 3-5 mins away from the 96 street subway vs. 10-15+ mins from the 72, I would take probably take the former.

And when considering subways, be sure to consider your workplace (like choosing a place on UWS when your office is closer to midtown East makes morning commutes a pain in the ass)

If the neighborhood is fairly safe, you have peace of mind with the doormen, it's got a convenient subway within a 5-10 min walk and it's closer than the UWS one, then why not?

Apr 15, 2012

Oh sorry, guess you gave the address right when I typed the above. The place looks alright. Quick google street view looks decent. Looks pretty gentrified.

Apr 15, 2012

lol @ you guys being scared of harlem

Apr 16, 2012

UWS.

Apr 16, 2012

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