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Unread 03-09-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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Default Where to live in Manhattan straight out of college..

I'll be graduating this May and moving to the city over the summer to begin employment. Not having been in nyc for more than a few days at a time, I've never had a chance to get to know the different neighbors hoods/rental market. The company office is in Midtown..and these are some of the things I'd be looking for:

-Commuting time < 20 minutes
-Either spacious studio/1 br, or 2 br and will split rent with a roommate
-Budget is approx. $1500 p/month
-Gym would be nice, but not a necessity
-Proximity to a few restaurants (cheap take out)/bars/pharmacies etc (but dont mind taking the train 20-25 minutes to go out on the weekends somewhere else)
-An area with people professionals in age from 22-30 mostly.

What areas would you recommend? I've heard Astoria is popular with ppl working at Midtown - how long would the commute be? Thanks!
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Unread 03-11-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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There are young people scattered most everywhere but I would say the East Village is the most young... and has many many bars. Astoria is good too. I haven't ever lived there so I don't know the exact commute (though its pretty good compared to other borough neighborhoods), it would depend if your midtown north, south, east west. Check out hopstop.com for commute times. Or maps.google has a transit option. You can look at apartments in your budget which may give general locations and check the commute time from there to your work. If something seems too good to be true compared to most other listings on craigslist it is. In Manhattan 1500$ would be a studio or pretty nice share price, not 1BR. If you are curious about a particular neighborhood, you can search the ny thread and get a variety of posts about it. Or google it and get demographics.

Do you know anyone in NYC? If so I'd ask someone if they know anyone renting out a room, and possibly visit them so you can check out the vibe of a neighborhood.
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Unread 03-11-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Oh and let us not forget about google street view!
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