My personal experience is not in Middle Village, Queens - but in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Property values in NYC are affected by alot of things. One happens to be peace and quiet - OR - Clubs and an active scene, these can both have a positive effect on property values. So while a retiree may not want to live in Middle Village, younger social types may love that kind of ambiance, and be willing to Rent and move there. Brooklyn has amazing property values in quiet areas that are very desirable, to the loudest, impossible to park, sleep neighborhood - as does Manhattan. From my experience, 311 is NOT useless, you just need to be sure to call when it is very late, and the noise is stationary - i.e. if a loud car is blasting beats in front of your window, by the time anyone arrives to shut it off, they may have driven away. You need to call everyday, whenever it happens, eventually it will be resolved. People assume that nothign will ahppen and don't call, or people assume that others are calling - and no one calls....so if you have a complaint - CALL! :) Sorry for the long answer.... more
Manhattan has become very family friendly. According to the US census there has been a baby boom in Manhattan since 2000. 1 in every 20 Manhattanites is a toddler between age 1 and 5. Families with children enjoy the Children's Museum, The Hayden Planetarium, The Museum of Natural History and numerous playgrounds and parks for recreational activities.... more
The Upper West Side is home to some extraordinary buildings. Landmarks of Art Deco, Beaux Arts, and Gothic Revival architecture. Central Park West, Riverside Drive and West End Avenue have many grand apartment buildings. Celebrities, families and young professionals call the Upper West Side home.... more
Oh man, what a question. The easy answer is the 50th floor of a luxury condo in Manhattan. But if I had to give recommendations there are 2 great options for downtown Manhattan commuters: Staten Island and Brooklyn - Brooklyn being the head and shoulders preferred pick.
Brooklyn gives you the best of city living: Restaurants, Culture, Safety, 24 hour conveniences and xcelent public transport.... more