Monday, January 15, 2007

NYC Question:

I'm back. I have pictures of me with Kat, stories about the awesome places that we went to and ate at, and all sorts of excitement about moving there in September.

BUT. Now that I'm seriously starting to think about the move, I have a question for all of you out there that live in NYC/Used to live in NYC/Have an opinion: What neighborhood do you live in? (I'm even interested in cross streets, if you're willing to tell me. You can comment anonymously if you want to.) Why do you live there, what do you like about where you live? And. Which neighborhood do you wish you lived in? And again, why.

(This is your chance to convince me to be your neighbor. Or, if you have other ideas, to convince me to stay as far away from you as possible. Your choice.)


Bobealia... said...

I don't live in NYC, so I can't comment. I think it depends on how much money you plan on spending honestly. I am attracted to the village... I think you should live in Hoboken. Yeh, that's right, New Jersey.

v said...

I say you should live near Yankee Stadium. Or Madison Square Garden. Or 30 Rock. Or be Conan O'Brien's neighbor. Or Jon Stewart's. Or Stephen Colbert's.

Yes, I'm not very helpful.

PS - I hope your new job is going well.

ndheathen said...

I live in Washington Heights at about 170th. If you're fluent in Spanish, I would recommend it. Of course, if you want to be able to go out 2 blocks from your apartment, there isn't that much here to do. But hey, if don't want to have 8 roommates and still be able to afford living in Manhatten it's bad.

Vaguely Urban said...

I lived in Morningside Heights, but that's because Columbia was my landlord and I had no choice in the matter.

If I lived there now?
On 1 lawyer's salary: Park Slope if the lawyer's firm is downtown; back to Morningside Heights if the firm is midtown
On 2 lawyers' salary: Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen

Again, I encourage you to consider the city of angels. (You know I had to say it.O)

blog Portland said...

Last time I was in NYC I was 4, and I remember having some really good ice cream. Somewhere.

Sorry, but that's all I have to contribute.

tiff said...

I don't live in NYC, and also I'm only a casual reader of your blog... but I do have an opinion!

I love Brooklyn Heights. All those fruit streets... Cranberry, Orange, etc. I don't know the cross streets, but it's just on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

As for price range, my friend lived there on a modest salary with one roommate.

Another friend of mine lives in a closet on the Upper West side really really close to central park. Literally, it's a closet, and it's obscene what he pays (like $1800) and he had to over bid to even get it. Crazy!

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

I suggest picking up a copy of Lonely Planet New York. It has really detailed descriptions of the neighborhoods and which ones are in transition. The Bronx (seriously) is set to become the next Brooklyn, although it might take a while. When I visited NYC over the summer, I spoke with a girl in the East Village and she said that her area and other areas of NYC could be very affordable if you knew where to look.

bryan said...

If NYC is anything like Boston, the only way you're going to get even a remotely affordable deal is if you move in with about 17 other people. Or live in a not-so-nice area of town. Or have a co-worker whose dad is the landlord.

Probably not very helpful, I know. But good luck, and come up and visit once you get there!

Joe said...

I like Park Slope if you want to live outside of Manhattan. The Upper East Side seems to be where you get the most for your money these days, though the lack of subway access (until they build the new line) can be problematic.

Anonymous said...

The Lower East Side is a real up-and-coming area, rife with both history and modernity.

Park Slope and Williamsburg in Brooklyn are both highly favored by hipsters.

Forest Hills in Queens is great. The closer to Austin Street, the better.

Washington Square or anywhere in its vicinity in the Village is also pretty affordable and bursting with bars, restaurants, stores (both chain and boutique), etc.

Hope that helps!

Princess in Galoshes said...

Oh! You are SO on for some goat cheese making! When do we leave?