We are moving to NYC (Brooklyn) within a year to be closer to DH's job. We currently live in the 'burbs of CT, hate it, and miss city life. We've been seriously looking at Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, and though we could afford the area, it's at the top of our budget. We recently came upon Bay Ridge and visited it this past weekend. The kids LOVED it. They loved Owl's Head Park and the neighborhood seemed very safe, family-friendly, yet as not as progressive thinking and bohemian as Park Slope (which is one of the things I love about PS and WT). I heard the public schools were good in Bay Ridge too (we're going the public school route). Not to mention it's MUCH CHEAPER than park Slope or even Windsor Terrace. I know the commute for my DH would be about an hour. He said he is totally okay with that (right now his commute is 2.5 hrs each way) and could work from home one day a week and go to his Brooklyn office a few days too. Anyone know more about bay Ridge? More pros/cons?
Also, any info on other good, safe, family-friendly and affordable areas of Brooklyn? Any tips or words of wisdom? pros/cons of city-living with kids (BTW, we have 3, ages 2, 4 and 7)? I've lived in cities before and LOVED it, but never with kids.