Hi guys - I'm planning to move to NYC and was hoping to get a little advice on the right neighborhood to move into. I have read a couple earlier threads on the subject on WSO which were quite helpful - I figured I would just lay out my own situation / priorities to see if that might change the recommendation. The other threads were a bit old also so I'm not sure if things have changed. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.
Anyhow, I'm 34 and single. I'm a decent ways into my career and work from home at this point. Budget isn't really a concern - I can afford up to 8k a month in rent by the standard NYC 40x rent rule. I am mainly looking for the ideal neighborhood on the basis of quality of life issues: primarily night life, dating / girls, restaurants, access to events/activity, general cleanliness, subway access. I guess I'd also prefer the general crowd to be more mid 20s-30s instead of fresh out of college.
I have seen a lot of recommendations of West Village / Greenwich Village. I am strongly considering that area but the apartments are of course often quite old / rough even at a relatively high price point in the village and I'd tend to prefer more of a modern highrise with a view. I was also thinking about Chelsea / Meatpacking, which seems to have some nicer highrise doorman type buildings. Tribeca looks nice but apparently is pretty dead for a youngish single guy from what I've heard.
Are there other areas you would recommend? A lot of nice buildings seem to be in the Midtown area but I don't know if the general craziness and traffic of that area would be worth it. From what I can tell UWS/UES are probably too slow paced and family oriented to be ideal at this point. The lower east side in general seems to be a little less appealing than the west side from most of what I've seen and read - I could certainly be wrong.
Anyhow, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.