More space for the money and less crowded yet close to the city.
However there are not a lot of properties on the market, both rentals and homes for sale are hard to come by.
Transportation is a bit of a problem with only 2 bus lines and the water taxi.
If you have a car and do not have to get into Manhattan on a daily basis its great.
Im not sure about schools for kids that might be an issue...
I would also check with the local police department for safety information and crime statistics