So - after many years of looking into this, trying to get a job *there* while i'm still *here* i decided to just move and hope to find a job when i get there. It's not going to be easy, but i have to do this. I keep telling myself that my grandparents and great grandparents made a much more difficult move from Poland/Ukraine to USA way back when with much much less (less money, less resources, less education) and they did OK so I should be OK too.
Anyway, assuming that I will find a job in Manhattan, what would be the best neighborhoods for me to live in? I am looking for:
*safe (safe enough for a middle aged woman to live alone - DS may or may not move with me)
*close to subway or train (trains are nicer but subway is cheaper
*up to one hour commute (some walking is fine).
*convenient for shopping (eating out is less important to me)
I would like a one or two bedroom - depending on if DS moves with me. at 54, i think i'm past the age of studio apartment and roommates, though if i had to choose one or the other i'd rather take a smaller place/studio than find a roommate.
I am thinking of brooklyn/queens (rego park, sunnyside, prospect heights, greenpoint etc), could look at washington heights or other areas of northern manhattan, but need to know which would be the best option for me in terms of vicinity, safety, price. I could look at NJ suburbs or LI but what i've seen so far is expensive and the commute (train) would be more expensive as well.
Any ideas would be helpful. my budget is very very low so i'm hoping not to spend more than 1500-2000 on housing.