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Old 03-30-2007, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'm moving to N.Y. sometime between Jan. and April of next year. I'll be 18, I'm a partier and I'm moving there to start over and to get my acting career started.

Manhattan has everything I want,...so I've decided on there. Where in Manhattan would be a good place for me to live? I'd like Harlem but I've heard that it's bad at night. Can somebody fill me in on that?

Just looking for somewhere that's easy to get to Times Square and such. I like being in the middle of it all.

When the time comes, I'll be using Craigslist for a place. Looking to spend no more than $900 a month on rent (I'm prepared to have roomies).

Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2007, 12:07 AM
 
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An 18 year old partier from Florida looking to start a new life in Harlem?
This sounds very familiar-from previous posts. Is there any reason you are set on Harlem? You will most likely have roommates and will they also be focused on Harlem?
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

18 year old.... Tampa, FL.....Harlem....$900 a month....

Where to begin?
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:06 AM
 
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Oh, good heavens!

Please, PLEASE, read up on this board about life in Manhattan. $900/month? Really?
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I'm moving to N.Y. sometime between Jan. and April of next year. I'll be 18, I'm a partier and I'm moving there to start over and to get my acting career started.

Manhattan has everything I want,...so I've decided on there. Where in Manhattan would be a good place for me to live? I'd like Harlem but I've heard that it's bad at night. Can somebody fill me in on that?

Just looking for somewhere that's easy to get to Times Square and such. I like being in the middle of it all.

When the time comes, I'll be using Craigslist for a place. Looking to spend no more than $900 a month on rent (I'm prepared to have roomies).

Thanks!
After a few months living here, you'll come to hate Times Square. Outside of the broadway theaters around there, most New Yorkers hate Times Square. It is mostly a cheesy tourist trap.

The hip neighborhoods for young people to hang out are all further down, i.e. the village, L.E.S., meatpacking district, chelsea, and in Brooklyn.

As for the rent, if your willing to get roomates, you have access to a lot of neighborhoods.

I think the L.E.S. would be a good fit for you. It is artsy, and there are a lot of fun things to do at night, and that neighborhood also has a lot of young people that live with roomates.

Since you specifically asked about Harlem, I'll tell you that the safety at night varies depending on the area. Some people on this forum will tell you to completely write off Harlem. I think you would be doing yourself and your wallet a disfavor by doing that. Just make sure to do your research. I think you can be just fine in Harlem and find a nice apartment. Be sure to find one near an express train line. That way you will have easy access to downtown.

Generally anywhere in NYC, if your are out at night especially by yourself you have to be careful. People get mugged downtown all the time as well. Since you are new to the city, never get wasted and go home by yourself. It will make you an easy mark for muggers. If you are by yourself, take a cab home.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Oh, good heavens!

Please, PLEASE, read up on this board about life in Manhattan. $900/month? Really?
He mentioned he is looking to live with roomates. With roomates it is possible.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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NYC is generally safe, but everywhere you go precautions are in order. $900 with room-mates, in the plural, sounds reasonable. Harlem, I wonder why?

I'd like to be closer to Mid-town if I were thinking of an acting career. Most of the theatre crowd is either Mid-town, or in the Villages (Greenwich, East, etc). Most of the acting teachers are either on the West Side, or Downtown.

Of course, there are lots of subway trains and buses, but it would be so much easier to be able to walk to a class, or a job than take public transportation.

Check out the Actors Studio, or the theatre school at New York University, for more info and possible room-mates.

And of course, good luck and break a leg!
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Old 03-31-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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No need to rip me to shreds [in reference to the first few people]. Thanks to NY and ontheroad for the advice.
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Your welcome. Sometimes you get a tough audience (especially in NYC)

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No need to rip me to shreds [in reference to the first few people]. Thanks to NY and ontheroad for the advice.
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Old 03-31-2007, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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If you're into Harlem be sure to check out any apartment/roommate matching services offered by Columbia University. Many Columbia students live in Harlem and a group of 3 may be looking for a 4th to share.
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