I've lived in London for 4 years, my husband for 8 years, and I've accepted a permanent job in NYC this week.
I'll get an H1 visa so DH won't be able to work as my dependent for a while (we are exploring how he can work to increase our income), and salary is $100K. I have a 15 month old DS. Health insurance is covered for the family. I've never lived in the USA and have only visited ATL and St. Louis to see friends, so this is a whole new cultural experience. We are trying to make sure we stay within budget because we know NY is expensive, so I'd like people's thoughts on living in NYC (i've read about Queen's so maybe jackson heights?) or NJ and I commute to work in Manhattan (I'm considering Rutherford, Weehawken, based on the things I've read). The people on the moving to NYC threads seem to have a lot more money than we have so it would be helpful to get more information for our financial situation.
Since DS is little, I'm guessing we don't have to worry about school for the next 2 years? We need somewhere with not more than an hours commute to work, we can find a 2/3 bedroom, 1/1.5 bath for $1500-2000 max, we can walk to the stores, and library with parks, with good kindergarten in case we are lazy about moving before he needs it.