DH just got a job offer in NYC and we are contemplating making the move from MI. I used to work in NY and lived in S. Orange and Millburn previously so I am familiar with those areas along the NE corridor (went to school at Rutgers so I know that area too), DH has never lived in NY but we have both spent lots of time there and have family in Brooklyn and NJ. We are trying to decide where would be the best place to move our family (DD 5.5 and DS 3.5).
Things we need to consider: short commute to midtown (under 1 hr), schools, prices (will be renting, max budget $3000 monthly, preferably less) would like some outdoor space (not wanting to live in high rise apt or anything).
Also, I know the vax exemption is more of a PITA there (luckily we have philosophical exemption in MI) - is it more of a pain in NY or NJ?
We know that in either case, we will have to downsize from our current place, which is fine, but just looking for advice from other mamas in the area, where do you live and why do you love it?