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

Streeteasy.com

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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Dec 17, 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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Dec 17, 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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Dec 18, 2018

What do you mean by Alphabet city? Lot of Google people or? Sorry for the dumb question.

Dec 18, 2018
DatesExcelModels:

What do you mean by Alphabet city? Lot of Google people or? Sorry for the dumb question.

From 14th St to Houston on the East Side there are 4 avenues, Avenue A, B, C, and D. That specific submarket is called "Alphabet City" because the avenues are single letters instead of numbers (Fifth Avenue, Tenth Avenue, etc) or names (Park, Madison, etc).

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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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Dec 17, 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 29, 2018
Postgradwonderer:

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.

lol you click well with the 'Murray Hill crowd' - hahaha what does this mean?!?

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"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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Dec 17, 2018

I just really love being around the fratty type of crowd, always felt like I meshed well with them for the most part.

Dec 17, 2018

Nothing wrong with that.

Nov 30, 2018

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

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Dec 17, 2018

Looking into this.

Dec 20, 2018

how popular is it amongst analysts/associates in IB/S&T? also looking into this

Nov 30, 2018

im not sure but it worked great for me 1700/month, tiny but im never home much to begin with, great location, right in the theater district, lots of good restaurants.

Dec 20, 2018

doorman building? and any roommates?

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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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Dec 17, 2018

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

Dec 14, 2018

Nomura?

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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

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Nov 30, 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 17, 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.

Nov 30, 2018

then get a roommate....and get 50k of renters insurance for $15/month

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 17, 2018

Currently working on finding roommates.

Dec 18, 2018
faceslappingcompilation:

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.

Unless you take the opportunity to read the paper, listen to a podcast, take some time to chill and relax on the way in and out of work... sometimes a 30 minute commute is rather nice, gives you a chance to gather your thoughts.

The one thing not to do unless you find the apt of your dreams is have a commute which involves switching lines. Try to stay on the same train line. The rush and hassle of having to get onto another train makes it extremely difficult to time out your commute with any consistency

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Nov 30, 2018

i prefer to read in the comfort of my own home, at my leisure....rather than being forced because of a long commute

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 18, 2018
faceslappingcompilation:

i prefer to read in the comfort of my own home, at my leisure....rather than being forced because of a long commute

Your initial claim was that time spent commuting is time wasted. If I read on the subway or on my couch, I'm getting the same utility out of it, so it's not wasted. If your argument is that it's more comfortable to live closer to your place of work, I agree. It might also be more expensive. It might restrict the places you have an opportunity to explore by bottling you up in one neighborhood for the vast majority of your waking hours.

Dec 17, 2018

Will you pretty much have to be in Manhattan to really enjoy NYC and its party vibe?

How does a borough like Queens compare?

Dec 18, 2018
Postgradwonderer:

Will you pretty much have to be in Manhattan to really enjoy NYC and its party vibe?

How does a borough like Queens compare?

Not at all. First, what kind of party vibe are you looking for? If it's $500/bottle clubs, then you want to be in Manhattan for that, but you don't have to live there. The subway runs 24/7 and getting a taxi/Uber/Lyft is easy - save yourself a few hundred bucks a month by living in BK or QN or uptown MN and spend it on whatever "party" you want. But for anything else, there is no real reason to be going out in Manhattan.

Also depends where you work. Are you near Grand Central? You can have a shorter commute from Long Island City or Astoria than from the West Village. If you're in FiDi, the same thing applies to most of Brooklyn versus the Upper West Side. Go on google maps and figure out what's in the 30 minute radius of your office; my guess is you can find some places that are half the cost of others. Don't worry about nightlife; no one "commutes" to nightlife so it's worth it to live 15 minutes further away from where you want to go out, you're not going back and forth from there 6 times a week

Dec 17, 2018

I am just looking more to be in an area where people fresh out of college tend to move to and has that vibe of being more of a younger (20s and such) type of party crowd. Too broke for $500 bottle clubs.

Nov 29, 2018
Postgradwonderer:

I am just looking more to be in an area where people fresh out of college tend to move to and has that vibe of being more of a younger (20s and such) type of party crowd. Too broke for $500 bottle clubs.

East Village, LES, Brooklyn

The demographics don't really work like that though. There are a variety of people all over the city. There may be a lot of 20 year olds in these areas, but also 30s 40s 50s 60s etc etc - its NYC ... all types of people are everywhere.

"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

Dec 13, 2018

I live in Hell's Kitchen.

Pros: If you work in Midtown, which is quite possible given all the firms there, then the place is ideal for a short walking commute. I ride a bike and it takes me 12 minutes from door to cube. Lots of great restaurants and very centrally located.

Cons: If you live closer to 42nd Street like I do, there are a ton of bums and lots of crime. Robberies and random assaults are not uncommon. It's also noisy. Lots of buses, police, and traffic making noise throughout much of the day and night. If you live in an older building with no sound proof windows, this may be an issue.

Despite all that, I would recommend it. Like others mentioned previously, you can't put a price on having a short commute. The subway can be infuriating and it costs a considerable amount of money. Walking is not only cheaper but good for your health.

As far as having a social life - it's New York! You can have a great life anywhere in the city. Chances are you'll have to travel whenever you go out because there are so many different places all over the city.

Finally, forget about the douchey VIP clubs in the Meatpacking District or anywhere else for that matter. A place that's full of people shelling out $500 for a bottle of liquor is not a place you want to go. It's ironic how it's called "VIP" because almost everyone that's in there is not important at all.

If you want a more authentic VIP experience and make friends doing it, consider becoming a Junior Associate at MoMa or The Met. Their parties are world famous.

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Dec 17, 2018

Can the Junior Associate thing be thing part time or does it have to be done full time? I am looking for something to go with my full time job.

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Dec 13, 2018

The programs, including the Junior Associates, are made mainly for young professionals that already have full time jobs.

They have events, parties, previews and other things all throughout the year and you're encouraged (although not obligated) to go to as many or as little as you want. It's best to shop around though because some can be pretty pricey (+$1,000/year) and may or may not have the type of events you're looking for.

Personally, I'm planning on joining the Whitney Contemporaries because they have a lot of happy hours and their party is as lot of fun. Other groups of young professionals are associated with the Central Park Conservatory, NY City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, The Frick Museum, and Guggenheim. Not to mention some of the outreach programs associated with the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and others.

You don't have to be into art or ballet or anything like that. Frankly, I've heard that most people in these things aren't into art at all, they're just in it to meet people and have a good time.

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Dec 17, 2018

For some reason I thought this was a chance for a weekend job but still, sounds great! Thank you for pointing this out although I want to ask, is it mainly bankers and the high finance types in these programs or do you get a mix from all across?

I'd be interested and will look into more, this is some real gold on the thread btw, everyone should be giving this guy enough bananas to fill up a gorilla.

Dec 18, 2018

It's not only bankers, but finance types tend to be a significant portion of it, especially of the male population.

As @Real.Deal.LLC is saying, these aren't jobs and you have no real responsibility except the expectation that you'll pony up for expensive tickets for the various parties and events. They are basically just meet markets for fairly affluent young people. It's a great way to meet people in a non-bar or Tinder setting.

Dec 17, 2018

Can't believe I missed that this was a thing, very cool.

Dec 17, 2018

Noho, Bowery, East Village(southwest pocket.. think lower numbers) is unquestionably the place if you have reasonable hours and want to pull and not be basic(ie murray hill). Nolita good too. I'd recommend roommates- cheaper and more fun

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Dec 17, 2018

Thank you for the heads up and suggestions!

Nov 30, 2018

key is proximity to the subway...10-15 min walk should be the max...otherwise the cold winter and hot summer are gonna be brutal...try to avoid the outer edges of manhattan...the closer to the center...the better

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 17, 2018

This is also what I have taken into consideration, seems like I am getting a real strong push towards certain parts of Queens which seems up and coming but others are telling me Manhattan is where I need to be at since that is where I will be working.

Nov 30, 2018

what/where will you be working...and how much is your max rent budget?

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 17, 2018

Work is going to be in the midtown Manhattan area and for max rent budget, anywhere over 1600 is going to be tough for me to do.

Nov 30, 2018

ok, so this apt on the upper east side is an example of something good to split between 3 people and turn into a 3-bedroom (there are companies that you can hire to put up pressure walls for like $1000)
https://streeteasy.com/building/233-east-69-street-new_york/6t
it has 950 sqft (which is a lot). So, you should post ads on craigslist looking for roommates.

another example that is good to split with oomates is stuy town
https://www.stuytown.com/
Regardless, You have 3 options
1-look for somebody else to rent an apt, and then sublet from them
2-you rent the apt yourself, and then sublet out the other rooms
3-find 2 other people and look for an apt where you all 3 go in from the start.

3 is actually the worst...because if your other roommates bail on paying the rent, you can't evict them without evicting yourself, and its a major pain in the ass.

2 you take on the risk of finding roommates...but then you are in complete control, and if you want the bigger room, you can take it, since you are the one in control.

i suggest #2

just google it...you're welcome

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