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DH and I used to live in the Bronx--in Riverdale--until he got a job in PA, so we moved out here 3 years ago. I work in North Jersey (so I am commuting 90 minutes from PA) BUT DH got a job close to mine (also in North Jersey) so we are headed back to the area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!<br><br>
So now we're wondering where we should move *to*. We loved our time in Riverdale, so we were thinking that we would move back there. We have friends in NYC and DH has work in Manhattan several times a month. However, now that we've had the experience of a small patch o' backyard (and I mean *small*), we're a bit spoiled—we like that DS has a tiny gated outdoor area in which to play. We are wondering about going back to apartment living in Riverdale, or if we should buy a small (800-900 sq. ft.) and cheap(er) house in Rockland County (if such a thing exists). Looking online, I see the cheaper parts of Rockland County seem to be like Sloatsburg and Haverstraw...? What are these places like? Could an MDC mama be happy there?<br><br>
We may not be moving for a while because our house, which we bought last year, might take a while to sell. (We love our house!)<br><br>
Things we want:<br><br>
--at least 1 bedroom, preferably 2.<br>
--a community where we can walk to some things! We live right next to a college now and love it. This is one of the reasons I like the idea of heading back to Riverdale, so I can walk to shops with DS (even though I never buy anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br>
--no McMansions next door (in our price range, that probably won't be a issue).<br>
--neighbors fairly close by... really rural stuff makes me nervous since I'm used to living in apartments and here in our place in PA, where people are close by.<br>
--outdoor space close by. The advantage of a house is that we can let DS go and not worry about where he runs.<br><br>
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! We're so excited! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:
 

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I don't live in the Bronx or Rockland County, but if I had the chance I would love to move to Chestnut Ridge. The HUngry Hollow Co-op is great and there is a wonderful Waldorf school there plus Sunbridge College. And lots of hiking trails. And the Peace through Play Center. And it's so close to Nyack whichis the other place I would really really love to live.<br><br>
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Thanks! I was just looking online at that Waldorf school today, since DS goes to a parent/child class at our Waldorf school here. Good to know about the co-op. I'm not familiar with Nyack but have heard good things... though I think Nyack itself is likely too expensive?
 

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Chestnut Ridge is beautiful. No interest in moving to Northern NJ? I want crunchy people to move where I am. We need more crunch.<br><br>
I would really investigate the Waldorf School there. My neighbor used to send her son there and she had a really bad experience with them. I also know other people who have had good experiences at that school. It may have been personality conflict and nothing more, but I thought you should know.
 

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I used to live in the Bronx too. We moved to NJ a few years ago though.<br><br>
Since your jobs are in NNJ why not take a look here.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="color:#008000;"><span style="color:#000000;">Teaneck</span></span> ,NJ is a nice suburb of NYC, very liberal and diverse<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">. Easy days drive to Baltimore, and about one long or two short days to Ohio. It has a very well known vegan restruant called Veggi Heaven. There is pleanty of public transportation into NYC. We have a farmers market<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot"> every thursday except in winter, and a nice health food store. Though not in Teaneck there are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/whistling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="whistle">hole Foods and Trader Joes just about 10 minutes away by car. If you drive about 20 minute you can even go to actual farm stands (though there are fewer of them each year<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">) Teaneck is a "Treecity USA." It was the only town in the USA to voluntaraly bus to desegragate back in the '50s or '60s (these days the town is so mixed you'd have trouble drawing up segragated school zones if you wanted to.) We have mosques, synagogs, all kinds of churches, a B'hia temple, buddist meditation centers, an Ethical Culture Society, etc.<br><br>
Check us out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi,<br><br>
We're in Teaneck don't worry there are pleanty of crunchy mamas in Bergen County. We actually went to an open house in Ridgewood when we were shopping for one but it was way out of reach price wise for us so we went with Teaneck.<br><br>
My mom grew up in Ridgewood but went to Catholic school. I grew up in Teaneck and went public till I got to HS. Back then the schools were excellent. I didn't really realize how good till colledge when I found out how many weren't as well educated as I was, and hadn't been exposed to all kinds of sujects. My expirience isn't recent though since DS is 10 mo. Ridgewood schools have an even better reputation (though reputations aren't guaranties.)<br><br>
We use the Ridgewood Whole Foods, which has a Whole Body attached, as our main super market. There are even still a few farm stands around. There is a very popular vegitarian restruant in Teaneck called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Veggi Heaven</span>. You'll want to check out Van Saun Park when you get here.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We lived in the Bronx before we had DS, now we live in Teaneck (Bergen County, NJ.) When we were younger The Bronx was nice, but now with DS there aren't really any advantages. The commute isn't longer at rush hour, but the busses do stop running around midnight. There are no cockroaches which I really like. We had look at buying something in the city, but we really couldn't get much for our money. Schools in NYC are more complicated too.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">You should come check out Teaneck. There is a great vegan restraunt called "Veggi Heaven." The schools are quite good. It is generally crunchy and diverse. It is a "Tree City USA." We have a farmers market on thursdays in the growing season.<br><br>
Teaneck was the only town ever to volunterily implement bussing to desegregate schools (these days the town is so generally diverse it is a moot issue.) Teaneck is also the second holiest city in the western hemisphere for the Baha'i faith.<br><br>
As for affordable it depends on what you are comparing it to. It's much cheaper than Ridgewood and Tenafly. However my sister in PA got 4 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths with a deck and room for a pool for $70,000 less than our 2 bedroom 1 bath with a small swingset.<br><br>
Check out the towns website<br><a href="http://www.teanecknjgov.org/" target="_blank">http://www.teanecknjgov.org/</a></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does it need to be subway, or could it be other trains or busses? Are you looking to rent or buy? DH and I lived in a condo-complex, Parkchester, up in The Bronx before we got a house in the suburbs. As a kid I lived on Roosevelt Island. My sister had an apartment in The Village for a while.<br><br>
There are definit advantages to all these places, and disadvantages. Public schools in NYC are chancy at best. If your kids get into one of the alternative or special schools for gifted students or such they will get a great education, but the space in these classes is very limited.<br><br>
My sisters apartment in the village was smaller than my current bedroom, and the only reason she could afford to live there was that her then fiance contributed more than half to the budget.<br><br>
Parkchester was nice but the supermarkets were awful.<br><br>
My expirience with Roosevelt island is a little out of date, but from what I've heard it hasn't changed much. Up until the 7th grade or so kids go to school on the island. When we moved there our family qualified for rent assitance so it was affordable for us. Then my father got a raise and we no longer qualified for assitance and even though we had more money we couldn't afford to live there anymore. If you can though Roosevelt Island had many of the advantages of both the suburbs and the city.<br><br>
We currently live in a NJ suburban town, Teaneck. It has the usual suburb advantages plus it is possible to live here without driving (most houses come with driveways and garages though so owning a car isn't a big pain.) DH only learned to drive recently. The disadvantages are that the busses from the city stop running around 1 am, so you have to make that bus or spend big bucks on a cab ride home.<br><br>
If we could have afforded it I would have liked the Upperwest Side, Hoboken or Ridgewood.</div>
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We've been reluctant to check out N. New Jersey for a few reasons that I won't detail here, but the biggest one is price! There are no homes in our price range.<br><br>
I admire how you've promoted your town! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The pluses of Teaneck, as you've described them, sound really appealing, but I just did a quick search, and I fear we cannot afford anything in Teaneck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It may be that regardless of where we land, we have to rent for a while.<br><br>
But I love that there's the farmer's market, and the vegan restaurant, etc. I will definitely keep my eye out!<br><br>
Please keep the suggestions/recommendations coming!
 

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in terms of nyc schools, yes, they can be complicated in some neighborhoods, but if you go back to riverdale, you should be fine. the elementary school in south riverdale (ps 24) is a-ok, and since i was younger, they did some re-zoning so there is an essentially riverdale only middle and high school (i.e, much smaller than jfk) - and i have heard good things. i went to catholic school, and we would always get an influx of kids in sixth grade bc the parents were afraid of the public schools.<br><br>
my sister went to ps 24 (she is just 18 now) and my parents were always pleased with her teachers.
 

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So we put our house up last week and accepted an offer! We're already under contract for the end of June, so we need to find a place to rent--QUICKLY!--and we've decided to start in Rockland. Any other Rockland suggestions? We're looking at places in Nyack, Pearl River, and Suffern on Friday.<br><br>
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