Where to live in NYC for young people

I am very likely moving to NYC soon and am at a place now to where I have to seriously start apartment hunting and finding a place to stay. Depending on how it all goes, I might even have to look for a roommate.

What I am looking for are the areas of the city where more of the younger crowd straight out of college or a few years removed from college gathers. Been living in suburban hell in my current city to save some cash, it is just a walk through boredom and dryness with people being married by the age of 25.

I was looking for areas that fit more of the bill and it seems like Williamsburg and Lower East Side of Manhattan come up a lot. Was thinking about what other places would fit the bill here and what I can expect for the typical rent to be.

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Nov 29, 2018

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Room with me brah

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Nov 29, 2018

yeah LES, East Village, West Village, SoHo, Williamsburg, Harlem is up and coming I hear too

I like East Village (Alphabet city). You could probably find a really cool place on Avenue B or C. Rent might be slightly lower due to the walk to the subway vs the walk from 1st ave. I lived in that area for years though and thought the walk through Tompkins was great. I will always love that area. Dream is to have an art gallery in the East Village.

"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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Nov 29, 2018

Thank you!

Unfortunately I am not sure if I will be able to afford SoHo because I am not going to be making six figures. I know the Meatpacking District gets a reputation for having the best nightlife in the city but can any other parts of the city compete against it?

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Nov 29, 2018
Postgradwonderer:

Thank you!

Unfortunately I am not sure if I will be able to afford SoHo because I am not going to be making six figures. I know the Meatpacking District gets a reputation for having the best nightlife in the city but can any other parts of the city compete against it?

Meatpacking is fun. Sucks that Cielo is closing. There are fancy clubs there and stuff, but I'm not sure if I would label it as the 'best' or think about other parts of the city that 'stack up'.

Because NYC nightlife is very organic sometimes. You could go to a dive bar and meet up with a group and hit up a club then land at some random penthouse party.

I like East Village / LES nightlife. I've been to some really cool parties in LES featuring art showings and just smoking joints all night in the gallery with the owners talking about perspectives.

Other nights yeah crazy drunk coke fest and then someone has shrooms and more 420, then you land in some large techno party with a DJ in Brooklyn at 6am and walk out super beat into the daylight, drenched in sweat from dancing for hours - at 10am to hail a taxi with a chick that gave you the molly .... you never know...

"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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Nov 30, 2018

This is good to hear! Luckily my job is not anywhere remotely close to investment banking hours to trying to push for some weekend shifts in the service industry which I hear is real tough in NYC but hey, I am in my 20s so might as well since I am not making banker money either.

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Nov 29, 2018

NoHo/East Village is the most under rated for Manhattan if you wanna pull ass yet don't wanna be a generic Murray Hill post-frat hardo! (Coming from someone who was once one of these).

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Nov 30, 2018

NoHo?

How expensive is Murray Hill btw? Its been at the top of my list in NYC too since I click well with that kind of a crowd.

Nov 30, 2018

hells kitcehn bare bones studios run about 1800-2000K/month

Dec 1, 2018

Looking into this.

Nov 30, 2018

do yourself a favor and live walking distance to work. everybody goes everywhere for nightlife...so no matter where you live, you'll be traveling when you go out a majority of the time.

just minimize your commute time...everything else will work itself out.

just google it...you're welcome

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Nov 30, 2018

Work is going to be in the Hells Kitchen area though.

Nov 30, 2018

i know guys who worked at MorganStanley (48th and Broadway...which is hells kitchen/times square) who lived in the area (Columbus Circle/Hells Kitchen) and had very active social lives. Key thing to remember...if you have a long commute (30-45mins)...you're not going to want to go out after you get home. However, if your commute is a 10 minute walk....then going back out is not a big deal.

a 30 minute commute (both ways) wastes an hour of your life EVERY DAY. This is the biggest waste..and in NYC...its totally avoidable. Time is your most valuable commodity. Don't waste it.

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 3, 2018

^^ and then yeah lots of 1 room apartments in hells kitchen. id check street easy and hotpads, i found mine on those. and tbh hells kitchen location is pretty solid, walking distance to everyhting midtown and braodway shows and easy to get to central park.

Dec 6, 2018

I am not on a banker salary though so not sure how I will be able to afford an apartment over $1600 in rent.

Dec 6, 2018