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post #1 of 8 Old 03-24-2020, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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NY area: where and how keep woodworking

Hi,
I'm a fellow woodworker from Spain. Long time reader, now seeking advice.
I've started 5 years ago, building my skills little by little and now more seriously upgrading my shop and projects.
Look forward to join the forum.

I hope this is not too much off topic.
I shall be moving to NY the next summer, my day job will be near UN plaza, Manhattan.

I don't want to give up woodworking, which has followed me in several countries; hand-tools only approach didn't work with me so far (could be age? I started at 40).

I would very much appreciate any advice from fellow woodworkers living in the area as to where I could look for a property for rent including a small space for a shop with power tools (small makita bandsaw, dewalt thicknesser, hand router...). Budget should be max 2500USD. I know this will make the commute quite long but I know I've got to sacrifice something...

Are there shops open to the public for rent?

Thanks you in advance for any advice.

Dave

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-24-2020, 08:09 AM
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Welcome aboard, Dave !!

I would contact your new employer in New York and ask them
for some guidance on what is available in that area.
maybe they can scout any woodworking clubs or hobby shops for you.
have you been to New York before ??

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Hi John,

Thanks for your reply. My employer does not provide that type of service, at best they may give me a real estate agent contact, but I'm afraid it will only cover downtown. If I had a idea of where to look for would be easier.

I've worked in more than 10 countries so far, but never been in the US.

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If funds allow, rent a house (Fully attached or town house) in Brooklyn and take the subway from there.

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Renting a shop in the city may be either very expensive or in a high crime area. If you are willing to commute to the city for work there's many rail lines feeding into the city. There's subways that will get you around in the city too. Once you are a few miles outside of the city you might find a house with a basement or a garage that you can use for a shop. There's a few woodworking sources of wood and equipment in the surrounding areas too.

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I have stayed in Nutley and got into NY on the bus without any trouble.
New York transport authority will give you all the info after present crisis over.
Many people would commute from further out and commute by train.
Use google earth to look around any area.
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Thanks to all for the tips and suggestions, keep them coming, I'm exploring all the options. Nutley look really nice, a bit on the far side though. I like the idea of the woodwoorking club too. Hopefully COVID will be over soon and I'll be able to travel...

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https://www.meetup.com/topics/woodwork/us/ny/new_york/


here are some suggestions.
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