roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.
You forget that when you're young you don't care if you have to live in a shoebox, you just want to be around the excitement.
To the OP: I've been living in NYC for the past year and a half. My reccomendation is that you find a place with some roommates either in New Jersey within a short ferry ride to the city.. or Brooklyn or Queens. In the city, you won't find an apartment to live by yourself unless you're making some serious coin, or you have rich parents. Expect to pay $1400/mth minimum to rent a 'closet' in the city. Relatively cheap places in Brooklyn to start looking at: Bushwick (that's where I live), Bedstuy (right next to Bushwick), Crown Heights, Greenpoint or the area around Prospect Park. You could find a place to rent or sublet starting around $700/mth. Forget Williamsburg unless you're making serious coin (It's as expensive as living in NYC..and you'll live with 4 roommates in a shoebox apartment). The main two 'gayborhoods' in NYC are Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, but it's very costly to live there (see statement above). Anyways, Brooklyn is where the soul of NYC is at these days, so you might as well move here.
If you opt to look at Queens, try looking in Astoria. Many gays live there and it's a nice neighborhood. It's becoming expensive but it's still an option.
Where to find roommates, apartments, sublets? Start working Craigslist.org hardcore.