What noticeable differences have you felt while living in diff neighborhoods?

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    Ofcourse
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    What noticeable differences have you felt living in the different areas below?

    What differentiates life in Queens (Kew Gardens, Forest Hills), Lower East Side, Riverdale, Far Rockaway, Staten Island and Brooklyn (Flatbush)?

    To those who have lived in 2 or more of the areas mentioned at different points in your life, how do you compare them? What noticeable differences have you felt in the atmosphere, if any? Or are there no definite differences in different neighborhoods, because there are many varieties of people and places in each.

    Are different neighborhoods tailor made for different types of people? Or are some people flexible and will fit in anywhere, and some are inflexible and would not fit in anywhere?

    #763307

    Are different neighborhoods tailor made for different types of people? Or are some people flexible and will fit in anywhere, and some are inflexible and would not fit in anywhere?

    I think eventually everyone comes to appreciate and feel pride in their place of residence. But it takes time. And in the beginning, any change is difficult, particularly for women.

    #763308

    Forest Hills has become very Russian and Bucharian. The remaining community is more Modern, and is rapidly aging. Perhaps because it’s so spread out (really encompassing Forest Hills and Rego Park in this context), it lacks the sense of kehillah that places like Far Rockaway and KGH do.

    #763309

    charliehall
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    I live in Riverdale and it is nice because it has about every hashkafah of frumkeit you can imagine, from the Telshe Yeshiva and its kollel and two Chasidic shteebles to several Modern Orthdox Zionist congregations where women learn Talmud, and yet everyone eats in everyone else’s homes.

    #763310

    Clairvoyant
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    Charlie: Are you saying that the Chasidisha Rebbes will eat in the homes of the women who learn Talmud?

    #763311

    boredinoffice
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    I started in BP and now live in Flatbush. Flatbush is nicer and people more respectful of personal space. did I mentioni it is much quieter also.

    #763312

    Ofcourse
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    Ive lived in BP all my life and three things bother me while visiting other neighborhoods-

    1- This bothers me especially on Shabbos somehow- Lots of women dressed not Tzniusdik (many not Shomer Shabbos, spoiling the Shabbos atmosphere)- the most Tzniusdik in other neighborhoods are similar to the least Tzniusdik in BP, and Im no Rebbitzen myself, Im average.

    2- Boomboxes or passing cars with loud secular music in lots of neighborhoods.

    3- Barking dogs all over the place.

    Sometimes I wish the above wouldnt bother me, but its my BP conditioning and antennas at work.

    #763313

    eclipse
    Member

    I miss Toronto like crazy. It’s beautiful,clean,and relaxing.

    There you can be polite and refined your whole life; here you have to be on the ball every second ,assertive, persistent…like “defensive living”.

    I am never rude,but I’ve had to toughen up.

    I loooove my friends in New York, and most of my kids are in great schools, but my heart will always be in Toronto.

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