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Love may be the Brooklyn way. So are the now hip and cool neighborhoods to live in, like the tree-lined blocks and beautiful brownstones of Fort Greene. It has a lot of space and it's near Downtown Brooklyn, transportation, and the park. A lot of young professionals, artists, and families are relocating here. It's a hot market. Because of that, rental prices are going up.

Sarah Burke, director of sales for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Brooklyn, says, for instance, $2,600 a month will get you a large pre-war one bedroom in a brownstone in Fort Greene, compared to, say, Bushwick where for the same price will get you a two-bedroom walkup.

This is a cool place to live. It has great bars and restaurants, and of course the beautiful brownstones. My cousin lives here. I'm looking too, since I have to be out of my apartment in the city April 1.

But there are other hot areas, including Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which have more luxury apartments and condos with much higher prices.

You can still find deals in Manhattan, such as on the Upper East Side, although the bargains are mostly by Second Avenue, where the subway construction is going on.

Let's not forget Queens (Astoria and Forest Hills) and parts of the Bronx and Staten Island that have good places to live.

It's a tough call. For now, I guess I'll just have to keep on looking.

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