We dearly love Astoria, which we definitely haven't explored enough; and we especially love our apartment, which is easily the best place I've lived in my 16+ years of NYC living (!); but we miss our friends. I especially feel terrible for making anybody make the long trudge out to our place, and I am very much aware of how much I've missed by not making the trip out to Brooklyn, what with the social anxiety and the stomach issues and the long long train rides.
The other thing lurking in the back of our minds is that we may one day have kids, and even though we currently have a 2BR there's no way we could have a kid in our current place.
We're not going to be doing this immediately; we've got at least 6 months left on paying off a loan that we took out to help pay off our credit card debts, and the money we spend on the loan is money that could get us a better place when we do move. Kath is also in a local dodgeball league here. And if nothing else, I'd love to spend more time at the Bohemian Beer Garden this summer while it's still within walking distance.
But as I said before, I miss my friends. And I think that being closer to them, thereby making it easier to see them, would go a long way towards helping me out with my aforementioned anxiety issues. And in this economy, prices are coming down; I'm seeing lots of interesting options on Craigslist, and I'm sure if we decided to go with a broker we'd find even better options. (I'm not as anti-broker as I used to be - we found our current place through Century 21, literally hours after the owner put it on the market.)
So: if you happen to hear of a small-dog-friendly 3BR in a good neighborhood for under $2000 (which is apparently possible and not a joke, according to Craigslist), let me know.