But I remember this about it: ALL the suburbs suggested in that article were in New Jersey, and some of the towns are on Debbie's list. Arts specifically I don't recall, but I remember the photos of quaint, walkable downtowns. If I were you I'd contact Debbie.
The most art-intense place on Long Island that I know of, outside of the Hamptons, is Huntington or Huntington Station, there are major art institutions there. This is a trek to Manhattan. And I'm pretty sure Westchester has us beat when it comes to art galleries, film houses, and music performances--Nyack (artists) and Tarrytown (Music Hall) of course leap to mind.
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...........think I answered this question yesterday,.....but here goes again
some great NJ suburbs that fit your requirements are:
Millburn/Short Hills, Montclair, Madison, Chatham, Maplewood and Morristown........all offer the midtown Direct train to Penn Station - commute is anywhere from 35-50 min,,,,,,,,,,,bus to Port Authority can run 45-60 min
Knowing your price range would also help narrow it down.........lots of New Yorkers/commuters move out this way...........
Let me know if I can be of further help - my website has a number of helpful links with town information.ll
Larchmont is a community you should definitely investigate. It is a very walkable community, in some ways similar to the upper west side of Manhattan because of this. Recreational facilities and services are excellent and the beauty of the community is enhanced by its location on the Long Island Sound and the very beautiful Larchmont Manor Park. It is also only a 30 minute train ride to Grand Central. You can check information on the schools by going to mamkschools.org. or one of the websites like Greatschools.org. My three children attended the public schools here and as a former educator myself, I found that it met their needs quite well. Of course, I always recommend that potential buyers make appointments with the principals of the schools so they can make their own determination by getting a tour and asking whatever questions are relevant to them. If you should decide to tour Larchmont, I would be happy to help you as I have lived here for almost 40 years. I can be reached at email@example.com
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A good suburb not very artsy, but wakable, with good commute to NYC and more is White Plains in the Westchester County. Tarrytown and Plaisantville are close from White Plains. I lived there for 5 years and I miss it!
Good lick with your search and feel free to contact me to further assist you!
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My suggestion will be to browse the NYC department of education website (http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/review/default.htm) since "good school" is a personal preference. Based on the factors that are important to you, choose 2-3 school districts and then we can discuss the options you have available as far as buying or renting a place.
Hope that helps!
Let me know if you have any additional questions.
Your budget will really be a large factor in deciding where you will be able to buy. I will need to know that, and the type of unit you are looking for. Are you more interested in a coop or a condo? I look forward to hearing from you .
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