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Hello all!

I have a question for all of you on the east coast. It looks like I will be relocating from los angeles to Manhatten. My biggest bummer is my 2004 wrx wagon, I love this car, but fear that its not really feasible in new york. I was wondering how many of you are out there with there cars, do you keep them in jeresy or something like that...Are there great place's to get service done; alignment, tune ups, everything and anything...mod friendly dealers...

I am thinking I may just have to sell my car, and that frickin sucks soccer sized balls...Please advise.
 

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things to remember, be prepared to be honked at a lot and join the crew we're nice people to hang out with, a lot of hook ups etc etc
 

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i drive my car in manhattan all the time, its fun, and i don't see any problems
 

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are you going to be living in Manhattan in particular or one of the outer boroughs? In manhattan just be prepared because street parking sucks. It's hard to find to say the least. Your other alternative is to pay for a space in a garage, but that can be expensive.

Outer boroughs parking is not so much of an issue.

That said, you'll love NY and you'll be fine with the car...you just have to find a way around the setbacks.
 

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Thanks so much everybody. I will definatly want to jion you folks and hangout...besides, I like to do my own work on the car as I am sure all of you do, so I will need partners in crime in that respect. I will most likely reside in manhatten, that is the goal. But, I do know alot of people in williamsburg and may swing that way. I know parking is astronomically high in manhatten and I am not sure I would want to keep it there?
Honking is funny, here on the west coast it is FU your an a$$...and on the east coast its not really that, its more of a hey you open your eyes. I don't know, I just know your right, get use to my horn.
I was talking cars with my buddy last night ( he is an evo guy, whatever) and I just cannot sell my car, to depressed to think about that, so I will really try and get it out on the east coast.
Thanks again everybody.

Christopher
 

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Subie2.5RS2003 said:
werd, SQC 189

things to remember, be prepared to be honked at a lot and join the crew we're nice people to hang out with, a lot of hook ups etc etc
Sorry to hijack the thread but Subie2.5rs2003 is there a white wagon with a body kit in SQC? i saw his car in North Carolina, very nice looking
 

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do you keep them in jeresy or something like that...
heh...

yeah you can leave it in jersey.

actually i hear theres alot of people that will take them to/from jersey for ya free of charge! you dont even need to give them your keys or permission!!! ;)
 

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Depends on where you will live exactly.

Anywhere in Manhattan is prohibitively expensive for mere mortals. You're looking at $300/month or more anywhere from 96th Street and down to the Battery, on the East Side, or 110th Street and down to the Battery, on the West Side. I would refrain from parking above these streets for the most part. Maybe Innwood on the very northern tip of Manhattan

I know of a fairly inexpensive place on 11th Ave. on the West Side, but it's field parking, park your own. Cars are somewhat vulnerable to other drivers and the inquisitive.


It's just like rent.

If you don't mind me asking...what is your price range, both your rent and parking fees, and what expectations do you have?

-B4.
 

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Well, money figures into alot of this. I do not have alot of it is the biggest problem. Rent I figure will be from 1200 to 2000 depending on the place. I cannot live like alot of my friends who live there; some weird 3000sq ft loft divided 6 times by dry wall, your closet is in somebody else's room, but you have to go through the basement to get to it. And, there is one bathroom.
As my rent increase's, my ability to keep the car decrease's. I figure the car will be about an extra $1000 bucks a month: 300parking, 360payment, 150-200insurance, 200 gas...thats not including oil, and misc...and of course mods mods mods...And I really do not know anything about NY legal E's of car owning. However I do live in the nazi state of cali in terms of emmisions and cars in general.

Thanks again to everyone for the replies.
 

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Expectations? Hmmm. Well, I would just like to have my car. It would geet used very little. As opposed to now, it gets driven everyday somewhere around 2000 miles monthly. I like to keep it clean, wash it on the weekends, wax it everyohter month...I enjoy changing the oil, and other maintence things. And I do plan on modding somewhat...All of this sounds ridculous to me if I am living in Manhatten. I guess it doesn't sound very Manhatten like...it ssounds southern california like. I will probably have to sell the car, and that bums me out.
 

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driving in NY isn't bad.. unless your car is ridiculously lowered.. then forget about a front lip/body kit.

besides that, everything is fine.

welcome to ny?
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Living in NYC with a WRX

I live in Brooklyn, one subway stop outside of Manhattan. Parking in my neighborhood is about $275 to $300 per month. I actually park on the street, but it's a hell of a lot of trouble because they sweep each side of the street on two days of the week. On average, I have to move my car four times a week, and if I don't do it between 3pm and 5pm the day before the street sweeping, I'll end up finding a space ten blocks away. Ever since I stopped paying for a lot, my car has been abused. Forget visual modifications and your bumpers, they're toast. Regardless of where you park, your suspension will be toast after a little while too. My cost of owning a car in NYC is currently $460 payment, $388 insurance, etc. When I lived in a $700 a month apartment and parked in a lot, my car was my baby and I modded the living sh*t out of it. Now that I'm in an $1800 apartment and it's parked on the street, it's going to have to be sold.

Regarding shops in the area, I recommend Fizz Autosports in Bayside, Queens for your parts that you don't feel like ordering. They have loads of JDM/WRX parts in stock, and will give you good prices if you're cool with them. Any modification work that can't be done yourself should be done by Precision Tuning in Brick, NJ. Bob and Rich over there could not be more highly regarded by the local WRX community.

As far as finding an apartment goes, I would only consider Williamsburg if you are a seriously artsy person who doesn't mind living in a seriously grungy area. It never really became the wonderful residential area that everyone said it would. Right now, the nice neighborhoods to live in (which are better than Manhattan are Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and maybe Red Hook. They're all very close to downtown, have a good mix of cool people, and have nice apartments in your price range. The $1800 that I pay is for a one-bedroom apartment in a four year old luxury building. It's got things like climate control and a dishwasher, which are almost unheard of in New York.
 

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So you are at the bedford stop? I thought that was willamsburg? And I thought redhook was , well, not a good place...kinda gethhooo...

thank you for the first hand knowldge, that sounds pretty familier with what I might be going through...and I do not know if I can take watching that abuse to my car. Kinda figured no suspesnion mods, I was gonna go vishnu stage 1 and thats about it.

Again, thanks for taking the time.
 

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I'm at the Borough Hall stop on the 4/5, or the Bergen Street stop on the F. Red Hook is up and coming with lots of friendly people. Williamsburg is ghetto. I got jumped by ten guys in Williamsburg, because one of them didn't like that I stood up for my friends when he was talking sh*t. I recommend Cobble Hill, near Smith and Court streets, over anything.
 

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Well I can tell you that if you do park in Manhattan it's difficult to do the simple things. I can let you in on some of the laws you've mentioned.

As far as emmissions, they are the same smog checks as Kali. Is this move permanent? If not, don't change your reg, and keep up what you are doing. That way they don't inspect your car every year through NYS DMV. In the 5 Boroughs and the lower NY counties, they do smog checks with dyno. Outside this area, they don't. Thus, eliminating Cats will be an issue.

Moving on...

Did you know that it is technically illegal to do any repair or maintenance work on your car at the road/curbside in NYC? Well, the law isn't there to make your life difficult, but to clamp down on folks who illegially strip cars (saying they are fixing it) at the roadside. Also combats repair shops who spill out of their garages and into the streets (sometimes taking over entire blocks) messing up traffic flow and leaving the waste out at the curb. Suffice to day, you get some over zealous ticket writers out there who will not use their better judgement.

Just about any parking violation ticket issued below 96th. Street is $105, base charge.

Most folks who have a car in NYC just use it to get away on the weekends. Many other folks just rent a car for the weekend and forgo the aggro.

That 11th Ave. outdoor field lot is in the 50's and charged $158.00/month back in early 2003. I don't think their rates have gone up much.

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, some of Prospect Park anr all good spots, although Prospect Park is a bit further out.

I know it's blasphemous to say as a loyal NY'er, but I hear good things about Hoboken, NJ...especially if you are 20-30's, single, and looking for a better deal. It's just on the opposite shore of the Hudson River, has better views then we get here in NY, and has PATH subway train and Ferry options.

Me, I just moved from the Upper West Side to buy a house. I miss the City, but after living there for 12 years, I could stand to just work there.

Did I miss something?

-B4.
 

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hoboken sucks the big big one if you have a car , very limited parking.by a couple of weeks of parking if thay dont steal your wrx first you wont even have bumpers left from other cars parking on your bumpers because of lack of parking . n.j. has the highest hits of wrx's in the whole east cost . dont say i didn't warn you.
 

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Hmmmm. I guess vishnu stage 1 should wait. I have had a buddy pass here in Kali with it, but I do not know how aggressive they are in NY, although it sounds fairly aggressive.
I am not single ( may be after the move, but I will deal with that later) and am scared now of the hoboken information. Will most likely stay away from that. I will definalty check out some of the other Brookly sites, but will try and get myself into the city.
It sounds like a bummer, but sounds like I cannot do any work on it myself, unless I can hang out with some of you where you can?
I may get some help with parking in the city, this will help alot it sounds like...

I know it is stupid to bring it with me...I should use the money else where...But man I love that car...

I really appreciate all of your folks suggestions, and am still confused as to what I am gonna do.

Thanks again fellas...

Christopher
 
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