They're free to play

They're free to play

There are 14 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 28, 2008, titled They're free to play. In it, Newsday reports that:

Young baseball fans will love this room in this 1970 Colonial in Oakdale. The house has a total of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and one half-bath. The asking price is $549,000. Annual taxes are $9,971. Listing ...

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zing

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Nov 28, 2008
oh yeah! I can pay in cash, too! gimme a break
yougottabekiddin gme

Sagaponack, NY

#2 Nov 28, 2008
What an informative piece of journalism, Newsday - are you f***n kidding me!
JustAguy

Chester, PA

#3 Nov 28, 2008
I get paid more than 100K a year and I still can't buy a house in those neighborhoods. I love this article...makes me feel horrible paren't because I live in Valley Stream and my kids can't go around the block. I just feel wonderfull......

Dear Journalist......You forgot a few neighborhoods where kids can enjoy a nice stroll without worrying about...god knows what.
Garden city...650K to 6 million price range for a moderate home.

Hamptons.....
etc
etc.

I will go home and try to explain to my 8 year old son why he can't go around the block now...because his parents are not rich.

Good article
john rotten

Newark, NJ

#4 Nov 28, 2008
what a stupid article as is every newsday piece. there's thousands of neighborhoods on long island where kids just go out and play. i guess newsdump has to fill up the newspaper with stupid stories because they dont have any advetisers anymore. pretty soon the paper will be the size of pennysaver
anonomous

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Nov 28, 2008
You don't have to put your self down, and you aern't a bad parent just because you cant afford an expensive house, you're probably one that would do your upmost for your child. Long Island is full of places where you dont have to be a rockefeller, this journalist is mistaken. I think the journalist was probably just stating where the most popular places are, where most of it is any way. And newsday isnt that bad of a paper, it's not the New York Times and we all know that.
Be normal

Old Bridge, NJ

#7 Nov 29, 2008
JustAguy wrote:
I get paid more than 100K a year and I still can't buy a house in those neighborhoods. I love this article...makes me feel horrible paren't because I live in Valley Stream and my kids can't go around the block. I just feel wonderfull......
Dear Journalist......You forgot a few neighborhoods where kids can enjoy a nice stroll without worrying about...god knows what.
Garden city...650K to 6 million price range for a moderate home.
Hamptons.....
etc
etc.
I will go home and try to explain to my 8 year old son why he can't go around the block now...because his parents are not rich.
Good article
Thanks.
This piece is more of a real estate advertisement than anything else. I live in a "middle class" area and there is nothing to stop kids from playing outside on the street.
Nor are the kids necessarily "safe" when they play in the wealthier neighborhoods. Pedophiles come from all walks of life and all economic strata.
Really an absurd (and even dangerous) notion that these neighborhoods are care free places for kids to roam without supervision or worry.
And don't forget the trade off -- if you live in a wealthy area often both parents are career oriented and the kids are being watched by whom?
streets are for cars

Bronx, NY

#8 Nov 29, 2008
Kids should play in their yards, not in the streets, no matter what neighborhood. Isn't that why we live in the suburbs?
What

Torrington, CT

#10 Nov 29, 2008
All these moms in this article are "stay at home" with 4 children, how absurd in this day in age on Long Island! I live in a working class neighborhood in mid-Suffolk with sidewalks and stop signs on every corner. Our children ride bikes and play football on our front lawns, we have block parties and summer BBQs. Our kids are happy and content with where they live and what they have. We do not have community swimming pools or 24 hour gates, but we do alright without it. The parents work and the kids are in after-care at the local elementary school. We then get home and do homework, drive to sports practices and eat dinner. Life is nice even without a $600,000 house and neighborhood. Long Island is made up of predominantly middle and working class families so why write this article that almost nobody can relate to? And Holtsville for $600k+ right off N Ocean Ave, that's just plain crazy! Commack and Hauppauge have much better school systems for your money!
gng

Gardiner, NY

#11 Nov 29, 2008
Now let's get real.... How many folks can afford to live in these places?
truth seeker

Mamaroneck, NY

#12 Nov 29, 2008
700,000 houses it better be a good place to raise children. But now that is made known how safe are these places now?
John

Katonah, NY

#13 Nov 29, 2008
You should have tilted the story "Attention All Pedofiles..this is the place to find Free Range victims"

Thanks Newsday I believe you get stupider with every edition!
Donnie Darko

Huntington, NY

#15 Nov 29, 2008
Kids can play in ANY neighborhood, it's just that parents are sooooo neurotic about someone victimizing their precious innocent treasures. Long Island hasn't changed much from when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s. Back then, there was always trouble to be had or found. Kids just learned to navigate it without mom and dad hovering over their backs 24/7. Yes, horrible stuff happens now, but no more than back then. Stop thinking that paying $700,000 for a house is going to prevent your kid from coming home with a black eye, marijuana in his back pocket, or the girlfriend from hell. It's part of growing up...JUST LET GO already, will ya?
anonomous

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Nov 29, 2008
I think every neighborhoods goes in cycles, from all kids, to college students, to couples, then back to kids. I think soon enough Long Island will be full of kids again soon enough as the cycle goes back to kids. So i really dont think you can really say where the best place for kids is, only where is new constuction of single family homes.
broke as a joke

Bronx, NY

#17 Dec 1, 2008
glad there is still great places to live and play for kids,
If you have money!!!!!!!!! 1.2 - 700,000 ha ha what a joke

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