Everyone else has done a very good job of answering your primary question, as well as congratulating you, so I will add my congratulations without repeating anything needlessly.
That being said, In my opinion, the interesting thing, which can also be quite paradoxical, is that within the confines, boundaries, and city limits, of NYC one can find corners, some of which have already been mentioned, which resemble quiet Kansas much more than stereotypical New York City I live on one of these nooks, specifically Throgs Neck (google that), and smell the ocean breezes on a regular basis, that is when on the home end of things. To me, this is the classic best of both worlds, as my home life is quite tranquil, quiet and peaceful, yet I am within a 20 minute drive of Manhattan, or a 1 block walk to an express bus to "The City" as we outerboro types refer to Manhattan. The great thing is that the price of housing is also much closer to "Kansas" prices, with nice spacious detached homes going for half the price of a 500 sq foot box in " The City"
One can also find affordable rentals in many Brooklyn neighborhoods that are an easy commute to Manhattan, as well as rewarding in themselves, as up and coming neighborhoods. with a lively arts and cultural "scene"
However, purchasing a nice spacious detached home in Brooklyn is a bit more pricey than my neck of the woods.
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