Live in NYC on 85k/year? Best locations to live

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Sup guys

Senior in college here who just got their first job offer (woo!!)

The total comp is ~85k in NYC, and I'm looking for the best place to look for an apartment

I'm looking for:
- somewhere with a decent (30-40 min with the subway) commute to hudson yards
- decent nightlife
- nice gym nearby

Lmk if you have any suggestions

pce

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Sep 14, 2018

Hells Kitchen- lots of restaurants and bars, walking distance to Hudson, good gym options (Blink/Mid City), and affordable, esp with roommates

Sep 14, 2018

damn that sounds amazing ty

if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful

Sep 18, 2018

Yeah I second Hells Kitchen, great value. Just accept the fact youll have to take ubers and subway for nightlife but its worth the tradeoff

Mar 5, 2019

The average room in Hell's Kitchen, especially if you have roommates, costs at least $1500 from my experience. You are practically spending more than half of your salary on rent from what I understand. Please message me right now if I got something wrong here.

Jun 25, 2019

If you make 85k then your salary comes out to around 2,500ish a paycheck (just under 5k a month)

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Sep 14, 2018

you should look in to brooklyn heights, some of my boys from college went there and are currently working in consulting/banking. It's kinda far but it's good quality for the rent.

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Jun 25, 2019

Disagree, while I love and live in the neighborhood it is all parents and families more so than anything(myself included). Also everything within walking distance closes by 11pm except a Rite Aid and 1-2 bars.

Also, it is not cheap

Sep 14, 2018

What would your base be?

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Sep 14, 2018

78.5 w a 6 signing bonus

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Sep 14, 2018

Based on that and proximity to Hudson Yards, somewhere in Murray Hill sounds good. You can get a decent place for $1.5 - 2.0k and it would be close to Grand Central, which you can take the 7 straight to Hudson Yards.

Echoing the person above, Hell's Kitchen could also be an option, though I'm not that familiar with the area.

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Sep 14, 2018

but a note here would be that this isn't banking/finance so im assuming the year end bonus will be <5k (so not including it as a part of anything)

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Sep 14, 2018

My friend lives on 38th and Lex. Decent size 2 bedroom apartment. Each pays $1,500/month.

Sep 14, 2018

dope, will look into it

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Sep 14, 2018

Specifically 137 East 38th and Lex

Sep 14, 2018

do yourself a favor and live within 20min walking distance to work. So, hells kitchen and chelsea would be best. Also, get a roomate.

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Sep 14, 2018

Get an apartment with 2-3 roomates in Chelsea, that's the best you'll get.
Try to be below 20th St so you can enjoy downtown night life!

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Sep 14, 2018

Another recommendation to check out Murray Hill and Hell's Kitchen (I have lived in both locations).

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Sep 17, 2018

Live in East Village. It is where all the young people live. There's a lot of great nightlife, restaurants, etc., and it's relatively close to a metro depending on where you decide to live.

Do not live in Midtown, even if your work is there...It's just tourists 24/7

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Sep 18, 2018

Looking for a roommate right now in Fidi, have one friend and need 1 more. Beautiful apartment fully furnished, doorman building. PM me.

Sep 18, 2018

1st yr analyst here - live in LES it's the most fun..you feel like you're getting out the city when you go home has a college town feel to it

Mar 4, 2019

Which part of LES? There's the extremely nice area bounded by Houston on the North, Delancey on the South, Allen on the West, and Essex on the East. Amazing nightlife, restaurants, the works. You have Equinox at your fingertips and there's all of these luxury condos and rentals that recently sprung up. The rest of the LES is not super great - it can be a bit grimy and noisy.

Jun 27, 2019

You bumped the fuck out of this thread.

I didn't even see that the dude is probably long gone, but I would say Astor Place. Bro could take the green line up to the 7 and over to Hudson Yards.

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Mar 5, 2019

Not sure how OP could do LES on his salary, the place is ungodly overpriced compared to a lot of the city. From what I saw, a lot of rooms were going for at least $1800.

Also, the place is really grimy, sketchy and dirty from what I saw. Once you get closer to Chinatown, the place is a dump and loaded with freaks.

Jun 27, 2019
Postgradwonderer:

Not sure how OP could do LES on his salary, the place is ungodly overpriced compared to a lot of the city. From what I saw, a lot of rooms were going for at least $1800.

Also, the place is really grimy, sketchy and dirty from what I saw. Once you get closer to Chinatown, the place is a dump and loaded with freaks.

haha dude Chinatown is Chinatown ... you walk through there and the fish stinks just the same way it does in China. I don't know how they do it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Mar 5, 2019

How open minded are you? No homo.

Mar 5, 2019

Queens. Bayside.

Mar 6, 2019

That's an hour + commute one way. From most parts of Queens you have to take a local train and then transfer to an express. OP shouldn't waste his life away on the train.

Mar 5, 2019

You don't know what you're talking about. Express LIRR gets you to pen in 20 mins. He can't afford to live on his own in NYC with that income.

Jun 25, 2019

Hell's Kitchen + roommate would be my pick factoring in the salary. Chelsea/ the nicer parts of LES if you are willing to splurge/ get a raise.

Jun 27, 2019
Ruhm:

Hell's Kitchen + roommate would be my pick factoring in the salary. Chelsea/ the nicer parts of LES if you are willing to splurge/ get a raise.

LES would be ok if near the 2 avenue F, then could hit the 7 at Times Square to Hudson yards. That's a really cool area.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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