I'm a former Manhattanite. I'm out in Brooklyn now, like it much better. Moved about a year ago
I was way uptown, Broadway and Dyckman (equivalent of 200th).
*big apartments ( i was paying 1100 for a big 2 bed, but my roommate had been there a while)
*2 trains - A & 1 -so at least when one was down, i had an option.
*Not much in the way of nightlife or restaurants i was interested in
*tended to be pretty loud at night, people hung out on the streets and cranked their car stereos to listen to
*Quite a ways from anything i wanted to do, a little more than 30 minutes to columbus circle, so anything south of that was even longer.
now I'm out in (east) williamsburg, Graham stop on the L,
It's more expensive, expect to pay 1400-1500 for a studio or 1 bedroom.
There's a lot more to do around here, restaurants and bars. I've even got a boy bar (metropolitan
) in less than a 10 minute walk. plus the whole neighborhood is "friendly"
It's about 15 minutes to union square, even less to the east village, even more restaurants and bars, and also movie theatres, whole foods, and other stores.
Only takes me 25 minutes to get to Rock center, which is great.
When the L goes down, it sucks to get into the city, you either hope to catch a cab and pay $20-25 or practice all the letters and numbers you learned on sesame street by taking 4 trains and 3 time longer to get where you want to go.
It's still cheaper to get a cab to here than to my old place from midtown by about $5-10
I've also got a friend who lives in hells kitchen, Lots of stuff to do, great restaurants, he works in theatre, so 10 minute walk to work, but he's paying like 1600 for a small 1 bedroom, it's a 5th floor walkup