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Mitchell’s Map of Manhattan and Brooklyn (1890)
Mitchell’s Map of Manhattan and Brooklyn (1890)

About me:

Entire life in real estate and construction management. Built hotels for general contractor of Marriott Hotels for 5 years. Entrepreneur for international student housing. Worked for New York City at HPD and EDC. Property management experience in industrial, hospitality, residential, office assets. Former grad student at Columbia and NYU. Buildings nerd. Urban planning aficionado.

After grad school almost 6 years ago, I was trying to find a work life balance and figure out what locations were the best for me on an entry level budget. The commute to work from Staten Island had been too crazy. Often, I would take a journey by walking 10 minutes, taking the SIRR, a Ferry, then the subway to get to a final destination. I needed to find a place that was affordable and safe, but also a 40 minute or less commute to the center of Manhattan. I looked for short walks to subway access, and no bus transfers.

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Intersection of Astoria Blvd and 21st Street
Intersection of Astoria Blvd and 21st Street

When stepping off the train you can look out from the overpass to the Triboro Bridge (now RFK) stretching away over the East River. Hoyt Park is below and constitutes the size of a very large block. There are tennis and basketball courts, park benches and wheelchair accessibility. Some medium sized trees line both sides of a wide walkway through the middle.

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