, Staten Island, NY
Oh, I see someone said what I wanted to say...I think New Dorp beach (and all the adjacent "beach" commuties, Oakwood Beach, Mildland Beach, South Beach, etc.) on Staten Island are very nice, convenient to transportation, nice bungalows (which are being knoocked over and turned into gaudy big houses) BUT---they are definitely flood zones. Come hurricane season, you might have a mini-Katrina on your hands. Better have a good insurance policy. On the other hand, most of Staten Island is very hilly and well above sea level and close by and you'll be able to escape with your life probably when the tsunami/hurricane/cyclone etc. hits you in New Dorp Beach-if you have enough advance warning. But you'll lose your valuables. At the very least, even without a cataclysmic disaster you are sure to get your basement flooded every few years if you live there--so better get a good pump and insurance policy.