Where to Live in New York


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The only problem is, you have no idea where to live in New York. You're so excited to move and learn about the various neighborhoods, but first you need to pick one and start searching. What is the best place to live in New York if you work on Wall Street? What about if you're starting a family? We know, you're excited to live in NYC, but at the same time, overwhelmed.


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Park Slope


Park Slope Image Park Slope is located in Brooklyn. This is where the, as most people call them, yuppies like to live The crime rate in this neighborhood is low. It is also a very convenient location because the R line will take you right to this neighborhood. However, it can also be quite affordable for you to live here. A two bedroom apartment will cost you a bit more than two thousand dollars each month if you rent it. However, many one bedroom apartments also cost around two thousand dollars, with numerous two bedroom apartments listed around four thousand dollars. This will definitely depend on the location and the condition the home is in.

There are many restaurants and cafes located here. However, the variety is lacking quite a fair bit. There are mostly American cafes and restaurants so if that is not an issue for you, you will definitely enjoy eating here often. However, it also costs quite a substantially more for fine dining so be prepared for that. Al di la Trattoria, an Italian restaurant, is enjoying huge popularity in the neighborhood. The restaurants here all seem to be of very high quality and are loved by the residents.

People here seem to be big fans of locally grown crops so there are many organic food for sale.

Despite the conservative look the neighborhood may have, there is also nightlife in this area. There are many bars and lounges here, as well as clubs. There are also live music venues that many people enjoy frequenting.


Lower East Side


Lower East Side Image The Lower East Side is located in Manhattan. It is close to Grand Street and Bowery. It used to be full of immigrants who were of the working class. However, it has become more of an upscale neighborhood now. It used to be known as Little Germany. However, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans now dominate this area. There are many subway stations scattered all around here so convenience is not an issue at all. Over the years, the crime rate has decreased. People have become to feel more comfortable going out at night.

Unless you have a well-paying job, you might want to avoid living here. A one bedroom studio apartment will cost you at least $2,000. A two bedroom apartment will cost around $3,200 so this place is definitely not exactly affordable for the average person.

There are several contemporary art galleries in this neighborhood, namely ABC No Rio.

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space opened in recent years and it features photographs of the neighborhood as well as its history.

The restaurants here are all extremely popular. Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant has received recognition several times in the New York Magazine and they consistently receive high ratings from satisfied customers. Katz' Delicatessen is known for its sandwiches. Honestly, it will be a bit difficult to find something besides American restaurants in this location but they are all very reputable.

The nightlife in this neighborhood is pretty well-established. There are many live music venues and punk bands love playing at C-Squat, as well as Otto's Shrunken Head.


Sunnyside


Sunnyside Image Sunnyside is located in Queens of New York City. It is considered a middle-class neighborhood. There are mostly Caucasians living here, followed by Latinos, and Asians. Despite this, it is relatively inexpensive to live here. On average, renting a one bedroom apartment will set you back only $1,300 a month. A two bedroom apartment will cost around a bit under two thousand dollars. There are two subway stations in this neighborhood so it is quite convenient. This quiet neighborhood may seem boring to you at times so if you are looking for excitement and energy, it will take you less than twenty minutes to get to Times Square, which is extremely quick!

The crime rate in this neighborhood is extremely low so you will definitely feel very safe venturing out at night if you wish to do so.

If you are into ethnic food, you can try heading towards Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue, as these locations have tons of restaurants that are bound to satisfy your cravings. On Queens Boulevard is a very popular restaurant, Shin Chon Kalbi, serves barbecued meat. If you want to eat something a bit less savory, you can try Alpha Donuts, which is located on Queens Boulevard as well.

The nightlife here can be described as a bit lacking. However, if you wish, you can still find some pretty decent lounges and bars here. However, do not expect them to be as crowded as Times Square bars. On the other hand, this may even be an upside for you if you actually want to just sit quietly by yourself or with friends.


Cobble Hill & Boerum Hill


Cobble Hill & Boerum Hill Image Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are both located in Brooklyn. Mom and pop stores are very popular in these two neighborhoods. There are also Italian meat markets that are loved by the public. Boerum Hill has small independent boutiques and restaurants. There are also many artists who reside here, leading to the establishment of art galleries. People love getting around by riding their bicycles.

Even if you do not own a car or bicycle, you can still realistically get around by taking public transportation. However, the trains' schedules definitely will become inconvenient to you on weekends and holidays.

A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost around $2,600 if you decide to rent it. A studio apartment will be slightly cheaper, averaging around a bit below two thousand dollars. If money is not an issue, the cost of renting an apartment here will not deter you.

If you go further out to where Carroll Garden is, you will find a larger variety of restaurants. Most of them will serve mainly either Italian or American food. The majority of them are affordable and cheap. Cafe Luluc, a French cafe, is one of the most popular eateries in this neighborhood.

As this is a residential neighborhood, the club and bar scene is definitely not all too exciting. However, if you are looking for a casual night out, bars like Char No. 4 will be suitable enough. This bar also seems to host events regularly to attract existing and new customers.


Greenpoint


Greenpoint Image Greenpoint is located in Brooklyn. It neighbors Williamsburg. Some people even refer to this neighborhood as Little Poland as there are many Polish immigrants living here. However, there are also a significant number of Latinos, South Asians, and North Africans here. There are many high schools here that are consistently ranked high in the city. It is also safer to live here than in Williamsburg In terms of convenience, you do not have to worry as you can take the G train to get to this neighborhood so it is definitely not a hassle.

If you enjoy eating, there are so many different kinds of restaurants here for you. There are Thai, Mexican, American, Japanese, Eastern European, South American, Italian, and Chinese food available. They are all relatively affordable. You will be able to get a meal here under ten bucks if you are determined to do so There are also bars here so if you wish, you can still stay out at night without having to go to the city in order to enjoy spending time with your friends. Moreover, unlike Manhattan, you will find it a bit difficult to get any kind of clothes shopping done here because there is definitely not as much variety here compared to places like SoHo.

The apartments here are not exactly on the cheap side. A standard one bedroom apartment will cost you at least $2,000 and that is the cheapest that is available. Most one bedroom apartments seem to go for a couple hundred dollars more. A two bedroom apartment will cost at least $3,000 so this is not a cheap neighborhood to live in at all.


Brooklyn Heights


Brooklyn Heights Image Brooklyn Heights is located in Brooklyn. It is considered an upper middle class neighborhood. Most people would probably think that its residents would all own fancy cars then, right? If you are interested in living here, a car is definitely not a necessity. There are four subway stations around here and the A, C, F, N, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains all go through this neighborhood, with some making local stops along the way. You will definitely be able to commute efficiently via public transportation. This neighborhood is also extremely safe so you do not need to worry about your safety too much.

A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost around $3,000 per month if you rent. It can even go as high as $3,450. A two bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost $4,400. As you can already tell, the prices are definitely more expensive than most apartments in Manhattan.

The most popular attraction in Brooklyn Heights has to be the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which has appeared in several movies. People love to just sit on the benches and relax, while others can be seen walking their dogs, or jogging. The East River is right against this location and you can even see the bridges.

There are many restaurants in this neighborhood. You can choose between American, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and even British food.

Webster Hall has to be the most popular club in this neighborhood. There are not a lot of clubs or bars to choose from but the ones that are available are very popular.


Carroll Gardens & Gowanus


Carroll Gardens & Gowanus Image Carroll Gardens & Gowanus is located in Brooklyn of New York City. There are not many apartments here, unlike most of New York City. It is still filled with brownstones. There are several train stations. Despite this, you might still find it more convenient to get around with a car. On weekends and holidays or just when the trains are not working on the normal schedule, it can prove to be quite an annoyance.

The crime rate in these two neighborhoods is quite low so you need not worry about being robbed in broad daylight. That is not to say you should not exercise caution when heading outside though.

The rental prices of the homes here lean on the more expensive side. A one bedroom, one bathroom home will cost you around two thousand dollars. A two bedroom one bathroom apartment can go for as low as $2,300 but it really depends on the condition these places are in.

There are numerous restaurants here although most tend to be spread out a bit more than what you may be used to. The Gowanus Yacht Club is pretty popular although it is a bit small. However, for the low price of its burgers and traditional American food, it cannot be beat.

There are not a lot of crazy bars or clubs here. However, there are many bars that prove to be quite popular Abilene is ridiculously affordable and the owner of this bar decorated it in such a way that you feel like you are almost at home.


Murray Hill


Murray Hill Image Murray Hill is located in Manhattan. It is also known as the Lower Midtown East. The world famous Grand Central Station is located right in this neighborhood. It is very grand looking and has even been featured in Curious George's TV show before. Although this neighborhood is located at a decent part of Manhattan, it is unfortunately (or fortunately for you) not as popular as other neighborhoods on this island. If you do not want to spend too much money on rent, this just may be the place for you.

It costs around $3,000 for a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment. A studio will be a thousand dollars cheaper on average. Although this price is still a few hundred dollars more than most places in Brooklyn, this is still cheaper than a lot of apartments in Manhattan. You get to be close to places like Time Square or Herald Square without having to fork over a ton of money.

There is a wide variety of restaurants in this neighborhood. You can pick from Korean, Mexican, Chinese, or Korean cuisine. The places are also extremely reasonable. If you are looking for a classier place to dine, Benjamin Steak House just may fit right up your alley. It is one of the most popular restaurants in this area.

As for what the nightlife is like here, there is a sizable number of bars and clubs here. Peter Dillon's Pub, The Black Sleep, and Bar 515 are all popular choices in this neighborhood.


Prospect Heights


Prospect Heights Image Prospect Heights is located in Brooklyn. It Is close to Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. You can easily get around here with the bus or the subway. There are many different subway lines that will take you here so Prospect Heights is definitely a very convenient area. In addition to this, the rent is also quite affordable. On average, a two bedroom apartment will cost you $1,675 a month if you rent it. This is extremely cheap compared to places like Midtown Manhattan. If you are interested in exercising out in the open or just taking a long walk, you can easily head to Prospect Park. This area is also pretty safe so you do not have to worry about being robbed every time you step foot outside.

There are dozens of different kinds of attractions located at Prospect Heights. There are also music studios here if that is what you are interested in At Prospect Park, there is a skating rink for all those who are interested in that during winter, a zoo, and a huge lake. If you want to see beautiful plants, you can always go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for that. If you are interested in art, the Brooklyn Museum is close by! You are definitely not going to feel limited here.

There are of course bars and clubs located here for the people who are attracted to going out at night. However, the choices are not as varied as it would be in Manhattan, unfortunately.


East Village


East Village Image The East Village is located in Manhattan, neighboring Greenwich Village New York University is quite close by. The crime rate here is low and has been declining over the years. You can also easily get here by bus or train so you do not need a car to be able to get around this area.

There are little neighborhoods within the East Village: Alphabet City, Loisaida, St. Mark's Place, and the Bowery. Alphabet City is the biggest neighborhood out of all of them and it used to be full of drug addicts. However, it has changed now to a much more inviting place. Loisaida is mainly comprised of Hispanics. St. Mark's Place is the most interesting neighborhood. There are many different restaurants here, such as American, Japanese, or Korean. The Japanese restaurants here make excellent ramen. There is also one Japanese snack store that is very popular with people, despite its extremely small interior. If you wish to do so, you can also come here for tattoos and piercings, as well as souvenirs. At night, this area is still bustling with people. Stores close late at night.

If you want something to do in the day time, you can head to one of the multiple theaters in this area. At night, there are numerous lounges and clubs for you to enjoy. However, it is extremely expensive to live here. A one bedroom apartment will cost you at least $2,000 and a two bedroom apartment will be double that cost. If you find yourself really enjoying this neighborhood and its attractions, you may find this price well worth it.


Astoria


Astoria Image Astoria is located in Queens, New York. It neighbors East River, Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside. This neighborhood has a low crime rate and can be conveniently accessed via trains or buses. If you want to go to a more busy area, you will only have to travel fifteen minutes by train to get to Midtown Manhattan so you can still live here at a more affordable cost without breaking the bank or sacrificing the excitement.

The apartments here are significantly cheaper than the ones located in Midtown Manhattan for obvious reasons. A one bedroom apartment will cost around at least $1,700 a month as opposed to close to $3,000 in Manhattan. A two bedroom apartment can cost as little as $2,350 which is not a huge rise in price.

There are many different types of restaurants here. There is Greek, American, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, and more. You are definitely not going to feel limited at all here when making a choice. The food is also quite affordable so you won't have to shell out an obscene amount of money just to enjoy fine dining.

There is the Museum of the Moving Image if you are interested in arts and culture. While this kind of interest is in its infant stages here at Astoria, the museum will still be bound to capture your attention.

At night, if bars and lounges are not exactly your type of thing, then you can go to where Manhattan Bridge is and enjoy the sunset. However, be careful at night. Even though this area is relatively safe, you still do not want to give anyone the idea that they can easily rob you.


Bay Ridge


Bay Ridge Image Bay Ridge is located in Brooklyn, near Sunset Park and Dyker Heights. There are many schools here, namely High School of Telecommunication of Arts and Technology and Xaver High School. It costs around two thousand dollars or more to live in a one bedroom apartment here, so while it is cheaper than living in Manhattan, you might want to stay in Sunset Park instead. There aren't many instances of theft here. However, you still would want to be careful because some teenagers here do not hesitate to steal. While it is not exactly often, one can never be too careful. For example, the manager at Duane Reade near High School of Telecommunications is extremely wary of high school students.

There are many stores, restaurants, and bars here. As this area has many students, there are numerous grocery stores available, making it quite convenient to live here. There are also subway stations and bus stops located everywhere, so you don't need a car to get around. If you are into hookah, you are in luck! There are several hookah bars here that are quite popular.

As for food, you can find many Halal food stations on the street as well as restaurants. There is also fast food available for those who are not into eating halal food. The food is extremely affordable and you will be able to fill your stomach right up (and more) for less than ten bucks.

If you want to buy some new clothes, just head to 89th street and you can find many affordable stores to shop at.


Woodside


Woodside Image Woodside is located in Queens. It is quite diverse with many Caucasians, Hispanics, and Asians residing here. It is also located at a convenient area, with several different subway lines that will take you to this neighborhood. The crime rate is a bit on the higher end. Recently, there has been a stabbing that occurred in this neighborhood so this place definitely is not extremely safe. Make sure to exercise caution, especially at night.

The cost of renting an apartment or house here seems to vary wildly. A house for rent has been listed for as low as $1,030 per month. However, the normal price for a one bedroom apartment seems to be in the mid one thousand mark, which is quite affordable. A two bedroom condominium costs around $2,250 a month, which is a very fair price. However, the location of the homes also will affect the cost of the rent.

This is a very diverse neighborhood. There are several parks for you to enjoy, namely Big Bush Park and Sherry Park. There is also a recreation center available. If you are looking to shop for clothes, you may have better luck shopping on Broadway in Manhattan.

There are many Indian, Japanese, Italian, Thai, and American restaurants that are available in this area. They are also quite affordable and some are cheaper than others. You will definitely be able to find the one that suits your tastes best.

As for the nightlife, there are many bars and lounges that people frequent. La Boom seems to be the most popular one with its residents.


Tribeca


Tribeca Image Tribeca is located in Lower Manhattan. It is neighbored by Canal Street. One of the most popular, if not the most popular, attraction here is the Tribeca Film Festival. Tall metal poles with its sign is placed everywhere on the streets to remind people of its existence. This neighborhood is dominated by Europeans and Asians. It is extremely expensive to live here, so it is not friendly to your wallet at all. However, the crime rate is extremely low.

It seems like the average cost of a one bedroom apartment will cost you at least $3,250 per month! A two bedroom apartment will cost around $5,000 to $6,000 each month. Even studios will make you pay at least $2,450 so you definitely need to pay a lot.

You definitely do not need to own a car to get around here. There are many subway lines that will take you right to Tribeca so it is extremely convenient.

You can just take the E train to get to World Trade Center if you want to see the newly built building in place of the Twin Towers. If you want to get a taste of some Chinese food and culture, you can take the N, Q, R, or W train to Canal Street.

If you want to relax, you can go to the Hudson River Park and play miniature golf or even bike. If you want, you can even have a picnic there so this area is quite suited for people who just want to take it slowly.

There are American, Italian, French, and Japanese restaurants here so you get to choose from a huge variety.


Jackson Heights


Jackson Heights Image Jackson Heights is located in Queens. It is possible to get around this neighborhood by taking public transportation but it is definitely not as convenient as other parts of Brooklyn or Manhattan The crime rate here is relatively lower than some other areas like Harlem. Although this area used to be dangerous, the crime and homicide rate has lowered dramatically.

If you are interested in living here, it is quite affordable. A one bedroom apartment will cost you under two thousand dollars. If you are interested in living in a house, it will cost you only $2,000 on average. This is significantly cheaper than other parts of New York City so if you are tight on cash or do not want to spend most of your money just on rent, this neighborhood may just be for you.

There are many different kinds of attractions here. Travers Park is popular among Jackson Heights residents. Every Sunday morning, there would be a greenmarket set up. In the summertime, there are concerts that everyone can enjoy.

You would not need to go to Midtown Manhattan just to catch the latest movie, as there are cinemas around here, such as Jackson Heights Cinema.

Some people call Jackson Heights Little India because of the community here. There are many Indian restaurants around here that will make you feel like you are in India except without having to pay for the plane ticket. Tawa's Nepali Hut would be an excellent choice for you, as they serve Nepalese and Himalayan food. They also go the extra mile to decorate its interior in a way that will make you have more of an authentic experience.

The nightlife here may be lacking compared to Midtown Manhattan but there are quite a few clubs and taverns that people seem to enjoy.


Long Island City


Long Island City Image Long Island City is located in Queens of New York City. It has a thriving art community as well as its increasingly popular waterfront parks. This neighborhood is full of people who are highly interested in the arts as well as people who are businessmen. Part of Long Island City is in Queens while part of it is in Manhattan, so it will take very little time for you to head down to Midtown Manhattan. There are around a dozen subway stations in this area so convenience is definitely not a problem. However, the crime rate here is not on the extremely low side so you must exercise caution and be very wary at night.

It can be fairly expensive to live here. A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost you around $2,750. A studio can even cost over two thousand dollars.

There are many popular restaurants in this neighborhood. If you want American food, you got it. If you are more interested in Japanese food, it is available here. Craving Italian? Look no further. However, the cost of the meals in these restaurants are not exactly on the more affordable side so you probably may want to just cook at home if you are on a tight budget.

There are numerous bars and clubs available here. They are relatively affordable. Domain Bar a Vins features a vintage interior and they even provide free plates of olives for the customers. Every week you can listen to live jazz performers.


Midtown East


Midtown East Image Midtown East is just as exciting as Midtown West. Times Square, the Theater District, and Herald Square are all located around here. If you are a tourist, be prepared to leave this city with a huge hole in your pocket because you will find it ridiculously difficult to not spend your money to experience the city life to its fullest effect. If you are interested in watching a movie, you can definitely do so here. Interested in eating right afterwards? You have dozens of restaurants to choose from, all just a few minutes away. Even when the sun has set, there are still many more activities to choose from. When you've tired of Times Square, head to Herald Square, which is where Macy's is at. You can easily find yourself having lost track of time. You must remember to not leave your electronic devices out or dangling your money loosely on your fingers because there are definitely going to be thieves in this area.

If you are hungry but don't feel like eating American food, you can walk a few blocks East of Herald Square and find yourself at Koreatown. There are bars and karaoke bars here, so you don't have to get ready for bed when it's already 11 PM.

As far as the rent goes, you will not want to live here if you do not like cramped living spaces. It costs over three thousand dollars a month just to live in a one bedroom apartment.

As for the convenience factor, there are multiple train stations here, as well as hundreds of cabs available.


Fort Greene & Clinton Hill


Fort Greene & Clinton Hill Image Fort Greene & Clinton Hill is located in Brooklyn. It used to be predominantly African American but now has become more ethnically diverse. The Pratt Institute is located right in this neighborhood, so you can find lots of college students roaming around. Although the crime rate in this beautiful neighborhood is still a bit high, it has been steadily declining over the past few years so you need not worry too much about your own safety. However, it would be prudent of you to definitely be wary and aware of your surroundings.

You can easily commute via public transportation, as there are several subway stations scattered around Fort Greene & Clinton Hill.

A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost around $2,100. A very uncommonly found one bedroom, two bathroom apartment will cost you around a thousand dollars more. This area is slightly more expensive to live in compared to some other parts of Brooklyn. However, it is still considered to be on the affordable side of the spectrum.

There are numerous restaurants here, some of which you should probably stay away from. Soco is a highly rated barbecue place and it will not cost too much money. The majority of the restaurants located here are relatively cheap and people seem to find the food delicious.

If you are interested in going to the local bars, you can try Splitty, which is quite popular. There are a few bars and clubs so you can try seeing which ones you like best. However, they are quite tame compared to the ones located in Manhattan.


Dumbo & Downtown Brooklyn


Dumbo & Downtown Brooklyn Image Dumbo is located in Brooklyn, New York. Dumbo stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and it has a very urban feel to it. Dumbo is where the artists like to go with the numerous art galleries. Downtown Brooklyn has the public transportation and provides a varied nightlife. There are many different subway lines that pass by Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn. You do not need to drive to commute, which is cheaper and just as convenient. However, the crime rate is a bit higher than average so you should be really careful with your belongings.

A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost you nearly $3,000. It will cost a few hundred dollars more for one that has more luxury options, like an elevator, a pool, and such. If you want recently updated fixtures, it will cost around a thousand more. If price is not an issue for you and you are into arts, then this neighborhood may suit your tastes.

There are a ton of restaurants in this neighborhood. However, the food is just average and nothing too spectacular, according to some people. The high rental prices may fool you into thinking that the food here will be expensive too but many of them are very affordable and not overpriced at all.

There are a number of bars and music venues here. St Ann's warehouse, Superfine, and Speak Up are popular choices. One special thing about Superfine is that they provide you with a free pool table to play with while you are there.


Williamsburg


Williamsburg Image Williamsburg is located in Brooklyn. The crime rate here is relatively low so it is a safe area. You can also easily get around by train, so there is not a huge need for a car. This area is mainly dominated by Italians, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. If you plan on living here, it is extremely convenient! There are multiple subway lines that pass through this neighborhood, as well as numerous bus lines.

It is a bit on the pricier side to live here. A one bedroom apartment costs around $2,000 and more on average. A two bedroom apartment will cost nearly three thousand dollars.

This neighborhood is extremely popular. There are many restaurants to choose from. You can eat Mexican, Latino, American, and Italian food. The prices are also pretty affordable so you do not have to spend an obscene amount of money on fine dining, unless you wish to do so, of course. Some of the most popular ones are La Superior, Marlow & Sons, and Egg.

If you are extremely interested in nightlife, look no further. There are a lot of bars and live music venues available here. There is this one place called the Barcade, which is a mix of drinks and video games. Music Hall of Williamsburg is also immensely popular among its residents in Williamsburg and it is a live music venue.

The shopping aspect of this neighborhood is nothing to scoff at. There are many different retail locations here and unlike the more tourist-filled areas of Manhattan, there are some vintage clothing stores in this neighborhood that are worth checking out.


Greenwhich Village


Greenwhich Village Image Greenwich Village is located on the west side of Lower Manhattan. It is surrounded by NoHo, SoHo, Chelsea, and the East Village. New York University is extremely close to this area so if you are interested in studying here, you will find this extremely convenient. This area also happens to be extremely accessible, with multiple subway lines that will get you right to Greenwich. If you want, you can also take the PATH trains to get to New Jersey. If subways are not your style, you can take the bus to get around town. The crime rate in this area is pretty low, so you need not worry.

If you are interested in renting an apartment here, the rent goes for around the mid-two thousand dollars for a studio or a one bedroom apartment. If you want something more spacious, it will cost you around $4,000 and more for a two bedroom apartment. If you have plenty of money to spare, this may appeal to you.

There are countless numbers of restaurants and cafes in this area. Unlike Brighton Beach, there are many different kinds of cuisine for you: Chinese, Mexican, American, Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, and so on. It will be very difficult for you to become tired of eating here. On the plus side, many of the restaurants are extremely affordable so you get to enjoy what the neighborhood has to offer without making a hole in your wallet. As for the nightlife aspect, there are comedy clubs available, as well as bars and lounges.


Flushing


Flushing Image Flushing is located in Queens. It is a multicultural area but lately has seen an influx of Koreans and Chinese people. The train will definitely take you right to Flushing so this area is quite convenient. The crime rate is low here but you must remember to take caution, especially at night.

For a one bedroom apartment, it will cost you on average about $1,400 to $1,500 each month. This is extremely cheap compared to some places like Midtown Manhattan or even Chelsea.

If you are interested in botany, there is the Queens Botanical Garden on Main Street. Moreover, there are dozens and dozens of restaurants located at Flushing, with most of them being Chinese or Korean. They are cheap and affordable so you can get a taste of Shanghainese, Korean, or Chinese food without spending a lot. If you find that one restaurant is not particularly attractive, you can just as easily find another one that is more suitable.

If museums are your thing, you are in luck. There is a New York Hall of Science here that is ranked number four in Flushing. If you are more interested in art, there is also the Queens Crossing Art Gallery which is also highly rated. The Queens Zoo attracts many people! It is supposed to also be more enjoyable than the Bronx Zoo.

If you are a tourist, you can sign up for a tour at night that will show you all there is to see in Flushing.


Battery Park & Financial District


Battery Park & Financial District Image Battery Park is located in Southern Manhattan in New York City. The statue of John Ericcson holding the USS Monitor is famous, as well as The Sphere. The Sphere used to be placed at the World Trade Center but was moved to Battery Park. The World Trade Center used to be located in the Financial District before September 11. These two neighborhoods are both located in Manhattan. The crime rate is lower than average. You can also easily get by with just depending on public transportation, so owning a car is not necessary.

Living in this neighborhood can get pretty expensive though. A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment can cost nearly three thousand dollars per month if you rent it. If you do not need a lot of space, a studio is a more viable option and it will cost only $2,000 a month. A two bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost at least $4,200.

There are not as many restaurants located in the Financial District as some other places, as it is not really a tourist spot. However, you can still easily find a restaurant that appeals to you. Unfortunately, they lean on the more pricy side. Some really popular restaurants, according to Yelp, are Akikos Restaurants, Boulevard, Tadich Grill, Kokkari Estiatorio, and Cafe Claude. Akikos Restaurant serves Japanese food, while Boulevard, Tadich Grill, Kokkari Estiatorio, and Cafe Claude serve American, seafood, Greek, and French food respectively.

As for the nightlife, there are a respectable number of bars here. Southwest NY is a relatively popular bar located at Battery Park. The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar will allow you a rooftop view of downtown Manhattan.


West Village


West Village Image The West Village is part of the Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The Hudson River is to the west of the West Village. People call this neighborhood “Little Bohemia.” You can get around just by taking public transportation, as there are train stations located here. If you want to aim for a healthier option, you can always rent a bike that is part of the NYC Bike Share program, sponsored by Citi Bank. The crime rate has also lowered by a few percent each year.

Apartments for rent in the West Village are definitely leaning on the more expensive side. A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will cost $3,795. However, if you do look around, you can even find a two bedroom apartment that will go for $3,000 which is extremely underpriced.

There are mostly American restaurants here, many of which are overpriced. Petite Abeille is a Belgian cafe that serves great hamburgers with fries, lobsters, wine, beer, and moules frites. Every day, you can find huge discounts for their daily specials so that is something to look out for. Taim is an Israeli joint that is relatively small. However, if you do not eat meat, this is the place to be because it has an all-vegetarian menu. If you are interested in Chinese food, head over to Annisa.

The nightlife scene in this neighborhood is very well-established. There are notable gay venues such as The Stonewall Inn and The Monster. If you are interested in jazz, there are also jazz joints. The Duplex's oldest cabaret, is immensely popular.


Flatiron & Gramercy


Flatiron & Gramercy Image Flatiron & Gramercy makes up three neighborhoods in mid-lower Manhattan. It is between Union Square and Herald Square. This area is extremely convenient, as you can get to this neighborhood with several different subway lines: the 4, 5, 6 and N, R, Q, F, M, B, D, and L. There are also PATH trains that make stops in this neighborhood. Moreover, there are also local buses but they are definitely not as dependable as the trains. The crime rate in this area is extremely low, so you do not have to worry too much about your safety.

It will cost you a pretty penny to rent an apartment here though. A one bedroom apartment will cost at least $3,500 and a two bedroom apartment will cost up to $5,000 per month if you rent.

Eating here can be moderately cheap if you know where to go. Shake Shack is one of the most affordable and popular restaurants here, well-known for its American Burgers and fries. If you are interested in fine dining, there are Italian restaurants available here. However, the price will of course be more expensive.

Gramercy Park is a private fenced-in park in this neighborhood. The only way you can get in here is by paying an annual key.

As for the nightlife, it can get quite crowded here. Raines Law Room is one of the most popular lounges and people say it is their favorite speakeasy bar in New York City. Rye House and Flatiron Lounge also receive extremely high ratings.


Chelsea


Chelsea Image Chelsea is located in Manhattan. It is considered a contemporary art district and people who live here are generally considered to be extremely well-off. This neighborhood is also famously known as a gay-friendly area. The crime rate here is quite low so it is a very safe neighborhood. It is also pretty convenient too so you don't necessarily need a car to get around.

There are many restaurants located here. There are mainly Italian and American restaurants, so the variety is not too much but the food is relatively inexpensive so that is not bad at all. However, if you really are on a budget, you can try going to places like Artichoke Basille's Pizza and Bar, City Bakery, or even Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar is extremely popular and budget friendly.

As for the nightlife, there are numerous bars here. Chelsea Brewing Company allows you to see how beer is made behind glass windows. You will also be able to sample the different kinds of beer that are processed. If you rather just drink, you can head to the Flatiron Lounge, which has a vintage vibe to it. There are not many bars or clubs here but the ones that do exist are very packed. Highline Ballroom is one of the most, if not the most, popular clubs in Chelsea.

Apartments here are definitely on the more expensive side. It will cost you around $3,450 per month for a one bedroom apartment if you rent it. A two bedroom apartment will cost you a little over a thousand more on top of that.


Sheepshead Bay


Sheepshead Bay Image Sheepshead Bay, which is pretty close to Coney Island, is located in Brooklyn. This area is also located in a very convenient place. Even if you have no car, you can easily get around with the B and Q trains. Once you get out of the Avenue U train station, you will walk out into a neighborhood that is filled with mainly Russian and Chinese immigrants. The store signs will be in both Russian and English and many are even translated into Chinese You can shop for groceries and toiletries easily here. It is an extremely safe area! As for the apartments here, it costs around $1,500 on average for a one bedroom apartment. While it may not be as affordable as, say, living in Sunset Park, this area is not bad at all. It is definitely a lot cleaner.

There are many restaurants located here. You can get Italian, American, Japanese, Mexican, Turkish, Thai, Eastern European, and Russian food. Some of the restaurants are more expensive than others so if you are tight on money, don't worry. You will still be able to get some delicious food in this neighborhood.

If you want, you can even fish off of the piers. There are many fishing boats and if you wish, you can rent one just to fish in your spare time. The bay area is pretty nice and quite popular. Even at night, the restaurants would still be open so you don't have to worry about going to Manhattan to participate in nightlife.


Soho


Soho Image Soho is located at an extremely convenient area, with cabs and buses and subway stations everywhere. It is located right next to Chinatown. You can just walk up and down the streets and be able to shop for days. This is also a popular place for tourists to go to. No matter what your budget is, you will definitely be able to find stores that are within your price range. There are stores like Hollister, Armani Exchange, Prada, Sephora, Old Navy, Forever 21, Marc Jacobs, and more! Soho is full of people who are fashionistas as you will see many different kinds of styles people are sporting.

Recently, there have been more food trucks. To be more precise, they sell yogurt, cupcakes, and pastries. These are all very convenient because you can quickly buy something to perk yourself right up without having to wait in long lines.

Whether you are craving American, Halal, or even Chinese food, you can easily find many restaurants that will cater to your cravings. At night, stores will begin to close but there are bars located around here if you aren't tired yet.

The closer you get to Chinatown, the more you should be wary. Chinatown is typically more crowded than Soho, so pickpockets like to take advantage of this. However, Soho in general is a pretty safe place so you need not worry much.

Similar to Midtown, the cost of living here in terms of rent is pretty high. It costs over a thousand dollars just to be able to rent a one bedroom apartment.


Nolita & Little Italy


Nolita & Little Italy Image Little Italy is located in Manhattan. It used to be predominantly Italians. It borders Chinatown. The crime rate here is pretty low. It is also located near multiple subway stations, so convenience is not an issue.

Every summer or so, there would be street fairs in Little Italy with lots of tables set up with products, hand-made bracelets, and souvenirs. There are also numerous street stands with delicious food that has been freshly prepared and cooked.

Of course, if you are walking around here, you most likely are looking for Italian food. There are many different restaurants to choose from but there definitely is not much variety. If sitting inside a building eating lunch or dinner seems boring to you, the restaurants also offer the choice for you to sit outside so you can look at people walking by while you enjoy your drink and food.

There are also bakeries here that are immensely popular. One of the most popular ones is called Ferrara Bakery & Cafe. Not only Italians come to this neighborhood but also many tourists and people who walk by Chinatown.

While this neighborhood would not satisfy your shopping cravings, there are galleries here that you might enjoy. There is also the Italian American Museum that is open to visitors if you are interested in learning more about the culture.

Living here would be quite expensive. It costs around $2,750 for a studio each month. A one bedroom apartment will make you fork over $3,275 a month. A two bedroom apartment will cost around four thousand dollars.


Brighton Beach


Brighton Beach Image Brighton Beach is located near the southern part of Brooklyn and is predominantly Russian. It is really close to Coney Island. The beach, also named Brighton Beach, is cleaner than Coney Island beach but just as popular. You can get here via the B or Q train, so this area is quite convenient. Unlike Coney Island though, this area has less tourists so it is not as crowded. It is also quite safe here, so you don't really have to worry about getting robbed but you must remember to exercise caution, especially at night.

There are many restaurants here so you don't have to worry about having to walk for a long time before finding one. They are mainly of Russian and Ukrainian cuisine though, so if you are looking for variety, this may not be as appealing to you. However, the food is quite affordable so you do not have to worry about spending an obscene amount of money to enjoy the food.

If you are interested in the nightlife, there are many bars and lounges for you to go to. However, if you are interested in shopping, you might have better luck heading to the Commercial District or places like Soho instead. If you are interested in relaxing though, this is definitely the place for you.

It is extremely affordable to live here though, as opposed to other places like Upper Manhattan or even Park Slope. There are one bedroom apartments that go as low as only $1,000 a month.


Inwood


Inwood Image Inwood is located in Manhattan. It neighbors Harlem River and Hudson River. Although it is located in Manhattan, it is not as convenient as some other parts of the island, like the Upper East Side or Midtown. Not to worry, there are still several train stations in this neighborhood so you do not need to own a car at all. However, you will need to spend at least half an hour to get to Times Square or Herald Square via public transportation.

The crime rate is also really low so you can feel safe going outside, even at night.

The apartment rent prices at Inwood is surprisingly low for a place that is located in such a high density area like Manhattan. A one bedroom apartment typically will cost you around $1,300. A two bedroom apartment will still have you fork over slightly less than two thousand dollars. The rental prices are all very reasonable.

There are many Italian restaurants in this neighborhood. Pizzerias are everywhere and they are very affordable. If you want to try a more authentic taste of pizzas, you are in luck. South Shore Pizzeria seems to be one of the more popular ones, as well as Max's Pizzeria.

There are countless numbers of bars in this area. Inwood Local, La Marina, Mamajuana Cafe, and Indian Road Cafe are the top choices. The one thing that puts Mamajuana Cafe apart is that they serve wine as well as ethnic food, so that may be the deciding factor for you if you want to try something different.


Corona Park


Corona Park Image Corona Park is located in Queens. It is the fourth largest public park in this city. Corona Park is actually located in Flushing Meadows. The crime rate here has been decreasing steadily over the years. It is also located at a very convenient area, as you only would need to take the train to get around quickly.

If you are interested in renting an apartment here, you are in luck! The rent here is considerably cheaper than Manhattan. A one bedroom, one bathroom house will set you back only $1,500. A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment will be slightly cheaper. A two bedroom apartment will still be under $2,000.

There are some very popular attractions here, namely Corona Park. However, the Corona Park Aquatic Center, as well as the Queens Museum of Art are all extremely well-known and are visited by many people.

If you are interested in the restaurants here and seeing what they have to offer, you will definitely not be disappointed. The Shake Shack here is one of the most popular fast food joints. If you want to eat slightly healthier, you can also visit the Italian restaurant, Tazzina. Craving delicious meat? Blue Smoke receives consistently high reviews on Yelp and they even offer sandwiches.

There is not much of a nightlife here. However, there is still a variety of bars and lounges for you to choose from.

One of the most popular music festivals here that occur annual is the Electric Daisy Carnival. There are rides as well.


Red Hook


Red Hook Image Red Hook is located in Brooklyn. This area is not exactly convenient because not many subway lines would be able to take you here. Although there are local buses, they are not as extensive as other bus lines in Brooklyn. However, one of the most popular attractions is that people can get right to Ikea, a furniture warehouse, by taking a bus that is free. The crime rate here is medium so you should definitely be wary, especially at night.

There are many attractions here right in Red Hook. People who are sportier favor the batting cages as well as the Red Hook Pool. There is also the Jane's Carousel that many children love. Parties are often held there.

There are many restaurants in Red Hook. You can get seafood at a pretty cheap price. Unfortunately, there is mainly only American food so if variety is what you were after, you would be sorely disappointed. At night, there are bars and clubs here, so you definitely do not need to go to Manhattan to have fun with your friends.

It is also quite cheap to live here. A one bedroom apartment will cost you about $1,400 each month. This is way cheaper than if you were to live at a place like Williamsburg or Park Slope. A four bedroom two bathroom house will cost you only $2,300 each month! The cost of living here is extremely affordable so you definitely will not feel like you have to pay a lot. However, this comes at the cost of convenience.


Midtown West


Midtown West Image Midtown West! This area is extremely popular and busy. With Times Square being one of the hugest tourist attractions here, there are many clothing stores, restaurants, movie theaters, theaters, and more Even at night, this area is still pretty much lit up because this is the city that never sleeps, after all. If you are looking to have fun here, this is definitely the place to check out. If crowded sidewalks, cramped stores, and fast food are not things you want to experience, then you can walk a few blocks North of Times Square. Here, you would be pretty close to Central Park, the hugest park in the city!

Unless you are extremely wealthy, it would definitely not be a good idea to live here. The average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment is in the three thousands range so unless you are extremely attached to this area, you would not be able to get the best bang for your buck. The crime rate here is also not exactly low because of the huge number of tourists who come here. As you are already in New York City, you should be used to being aware of your surroundings in any case so this should not come as a surprise.

You don't necessarily need a car to be able to get around, as the bus and subway transit systems are more than adequate.


Upper East Side


Upper East Side Image The Upper East Side is located in Manhattan. There are many subway stations located in this neighborhood, so owning a car is not a necessity here. Multiple subway lines go through this area as well, making it extremely convenient to commute. Moreover, the crime rate is pretty low here so you can feel very safe going out at night.

The cost of living here rent-wise is definitely not very cheap. A one bedroom apartment costs around $2,250. A studio apartment is on the cheaper side, costing you $1,700. However, the conditions of these homes are actually good and some even have elevators. In part, you are paying for a more luxurious feel.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in this neighborhood is very popular among the New York City residents as well as tourists. There is no actual fee for this museum. You can donate as much as you want, although they do have a sign stating the suggested donation amounts.

There are many restaurants in this area. There are many different types of cuisine available, such as Japanese, Italian, American, and Mexican. Most of the restaurants are on the more affordable side. However, restaurants like Parlor Steakhouse and Fatty Fish are going to cost a lot more, so you will probably want to reserve those for more special occasions.

The nightlife here is booming and very popular. There are numerous bars and lounges that people frequent. Some popular bars are The Pony Bar, Bemelmans Bar, Off the Rails, and Vero Uptown. Out of all of these, Vero Uptown concentrates more on wine.


Upper West Side


Upper West Side Image The Upper West Side is located in Manhattan. There are many subway stations in this area. The 1, 2, 3, B, and C trains all go through this neighborhood. There are a total of thirteen subway stations so you definitely do not need a car to get around. In addition to that, there are also several bus routes available. The crime rate is also very low and the number of murders has steadily remained in the digital digits over the past few years.

It is extremely expensive to rent an apartment here though. A one bedroom apartment will set you back at least $2,000.

There are three landmarks in this neighborhood: Apthorp, Dakota Building, and Time Warner Center. The biggest park in New York City, Central Park, is also located in this neighborhood. If museums are your thing, there are a few here. The American Museum of Natural History is very popular and there are often long lines to get inside. However, if you really are interested, you should arrive early as it can get extremely crowded in the afternoon.

There are dozens and dozens of restaurants and eateries around here. If you are on a budget, there are still more than ten choices for you. If you are interested in eating Middle Eastern food, Amir's Falefel serves affordable yet delicious meals.

There are many night clubs and bars here. If you find yourself feeling hungry after all the partying, you can head on over to Big Nick's, located on 77th street) as it is open every day of the week.


Washington Heights


Washington Heights Image Washington Heights is located around the northern area of Manhattan. It is close to New Jersey so that is pretty convenient. You can get around this area by driving or taking public transportation. It is a generally safe area, with falling crime rate and there are mostly Caucasians living here. Living here is also a lot cheaper than living in Midtown. It costs around a bit below two thousand dollars for a one bedroom apartment. On the downside, living here is not as convenient as Midtown and it is also significantly less exciting.

There are many Westernized restaurants around here, whether it be fast food or fine dining you are looking for. As expected, there are several McDonald's located here so if you are in a rush, you definitely will be able to have enough time to feed yourself quickly. If McDonald's is not what you are into, there is also Dallas BBQ, Antika Pizzarea, Empire Szechuan, and more. There are so many different types of cuisine that you will find it difficult to get tired of eating here. These restaurants are also moderately priced so you would not be breaking the bank to just try to enjoy a peaceful evening here.

This area has clothing boutiques but if you are looking for a seemingly never-ending day of shopping, you are in the wrong area. This area is significantly less exciting and less busy than Midtown or other parts of Manhattan. However, if you are into peace and quiet, this area has less noise and light pollution.


Riverdale


Riverdale Image Riverdale is located in the Bronx of New York City. It is categorized as an upper middle class neighborhood The majority of the people who live here are Caucasian. One of the best things about this neighborhood is the extremely low crime rate.

If you look carefully enough, you can find a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment that will go as low as $1,800. As this is located in a rather upscale neighborhood, this price is relatively cheap. If you do decide to live here, you do not really need a car to commute as there are train stations nearby. However, most people do drive a car as it is simply more convenient to do so.

If you are hungry, you can find many Italian and American restaurants here. A lot of them will definitely not have you pay more than twenty dollars for a one-person meal. If you are strapped for time, you can always head to SUBWAY for a quick and delicious sandwich that will definitely cost you less than ten dollars.

If you are interested in the nightlife, you will not be disappointed. There are many bars and lounges here that have proved to be quite popular. One of the most favored bars is Bronx Ale House, where it is supposed to have a huge beer selection. Ibiza Lounge is also popular and former customers have complimented it on its great music selection. If you are interested in sports, Gleeson's Sports Bar & Grill is a solid choice.


Sunset Park


Sunset Park Image People of all backgrounds reside in Sunset Park, with the majority being Hispanic and Asian. The apartments here typically are around over $1,000 each month for a one bedroom apartment. Despite the expensive rent, it can be well worth it if you do not own a car because there are multiple train stations in this area. Moreover, this area is situated right between 5th avenue (predominantly Hispanic) and 8th avenue (predominantly Asian) so it is extremely convenient to just walk for less than five minutes to be able to shop for food or clothes.

Craving something to eat? There are dozens of restaurants here. Most stores in eighth avenue close down around nighttime so there really is not much of a nightlife here. However, around 60-something street between 8th and 9th avenue is a very popular karaoke spot, as well as a billiards building right next door. The train station is only a few blocks away so you wouldn't need to walk home.

You do need to exercise caution when walking around here because there have been many instances of pickpocket theft going on. There has been a scam that targets old people lately, so if you have an elderly family members, do not talk to small groups of people who ask for directions at all just to be on the safe side.


New Dorp


New Dorp Image New Dorp is located in Staten Island. It is one of the busiest neighborhoods. There are mostly Italians, Irish, Albanian, Polish, and Russians who live here.

If you are interested in books but do not want to buy them, you can always head to the local public library, New York Public Library, that is in the neighborhood. It is quite big and has an extensive collection of books. If you are not much of a bookworm but would much rather spend time with friends, the Cue Time Billiards Inc is quite popular, which is located at Clawson Street.

The crime rate is quite low so you do not have to worry about your safety too much here. However, you should probably own a car if you want to get around because the buses will not take you to where you want to go and there are no subway lines that even extend to Staten Island. Unfortunately, this area is definitely not going to give you an experience like the rest of New York City in terms of convenience.

Despite the shortcomings, there are many different types of restaurants here. You can eat Italian, Indian, Japanese, or even Mexican food. If you do not like any of those choices, there is also a Wendy's close by for some good old American fast food. The prices of all of the restaurants are quite cheap and extremely affordable as well.

There is a very well established nightlife going on here. There are many lounges, clubs, and bars that people love to frequent.


West Brighton


West Brighton Image West Brighton, also known as West New Brighton, is located in Staten Island of New York City. It neighbors Sunnyside and Castleton Corners. This area is predominantly Latino, with a mix of Caucasians, Asians, and multiracial/other. The crime rate is definitely on the low side so you do not have to worry too much about your safety.

The apartments for rent in this area are on the relatively affordable side. It will cost you at most $1,500 for a two bedroom, one bathroom studio apartment. However, part of the reason as to why the rent is so low may be attributed to its low convenience factor. There are very few buses that go into Staten Island and the ones that do usually head towards Staten Island Mall. Unfortunately, the subway transit system does not cover Staten Island at all. You definitely would need to own a car or know someone who does in order to get around this neighborhood.

One of the most popular attractions in this neighborhood is the Staten Island Zoo. The Sailors Snug Harbor Little is also a popular choice.

If you find yourself hungry and not wanting to cook, there are many restaurants here. The German restaurant called Numberger Bierhaus is one of the most popular places. If you are interested in Italian food, there is also the Panini Grill, which serves grilled meat. If you are craving Chinese food, Mayling Restaurant is a solid choice.

As for the nightlife in this neighborhood, there are numerous bars and lounges that are very popular. Webster Hall is definitely the most popular clubs in this area.


Chinatown


Chinatown Image Chinatown is predominantly Chinese. Many immigrants have settled into this area and made this their home, infusing their home country's traditions with America's. It is a very busy and crowded place, with lots of markets, restaurants, and little shops. This area is definitely a huge tourist spot. The little shops all sell souvenirs and little knick-knacks that will make anyone think of the Red Apple.

There are so many restaurants here that it'd be difficult for one to not be able to choose from. Around Elizabeth Street is where the cluster of restaurants is located at, right across from the police station. The xiao long baos are immensely popular here.

The cost of living here is definitely not low, as it costs nearly $1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment each month. However, this area is definitely not dangerous. Of course, one must exercise caution when wandering around at night. On nearly every street, especially around Mott and Elizabeth, there are many little food stations that sell cooked food such as little cakes made out of beaten eggs, kebabs, fried noodles, etc. Mixed in with them are slightly bigger portable stations where people are selling fresh groceries. While this may seem a bit strange, they are very popular and convenient.

When the sky darkens, these stations start disappearing for the day. However, the restaurants and bakeries are still open for a bit longer.


St. George


St. George Image St. George is located in Staten Island. Although the bus routes are quite sparse here and no trains reach this borough, there is at least the Staten Island Ferry. However, do not depend on the very limited public transportation to take you to your destination. On weekends and holidays, the spotty service will become even worse. You will find it much easier to just drive instead. The crime rate here is a bit lower than average, so you do not have to worry about your safety. Since you will mostly be driving to wherever you want to go, that is even less of an issue.

On the plus side, apartments for rent are on the cheap side. A two bedroom, one bathroom condominium will cost you only around $1,250 a month. A three bedroom condominium is only $2,000 per month. The money you save on rent can go towards owning a car instead so you really are not at much of a disadvantage here.

There are many excellent restaurants in this neighborhood. If you are in the mood for Mexican food, you can head on over to Cafe Rio Mexican Grill. If you rather eat some Asian food, you can try Benja Thai & Sushi. If that is not to your liking, you can try some Swiss food at Anasazi Steakhouse. If you much rather stick to American food, you can always try Painted Pony (which is on the more expensive side) or Golden Corral and Bear Paw Cafe (both of which are very affordable).

Webster Hall is still the most popular club that is near St. George. However, if you really want to mix with a bigger crowd, you should probably just head to Manhattan for a bigger club scene.


Belmont


Belmont Image Belmont is located in Bronx. People have dubbed it as the Little Italy of Bronx except with many Puerto Ricans and Albanian immigrants. This area does not have a high crime rate, so that is a relief. Taking the subway can also bring you to this neighborhood so it is definitely convenient. If you do not want to spend a lot of money or if you do not have much money to spend on rent, then this is a good area for you to live in. For a one bedroom apartment, it costs a little under a thousand dollars each month. This is extremely affordable. Of course, you would not be living in a “classier” or more exciting area like in Manhattan but you would definitely be able to save a lot more each month which can go towards your entertainment fund if you wish. If you want a bigger apartment, such as a three bedroom one, you would only be spending around six hundred more dollars for it.

There are many Italian restaurants here so you don't need to go out of your way to go to Little Italy in Manhattan to experience practically the same thing. There is also Fordham University nearby so there would definitely be a lot of college-age adults walking around. Despite the lack of shopping malls or shopping areas, this is still a popular place for people to go because it is just so different from the rest of New York City.


Co-op City


Co-op City Image Co-op City is located in Bronx. It is the tenth largest city in the state. This neighborhood is predominantly Black, with a more even mix of Hispanics and Caucasians. This area is also extremely convenient. You will find it much easier to get around via the local bus. The crime rate here is also pretty low so this is a generally safe area if you want to live here. People have described this place as kind of like a suburb. People tend to be pretty close to their neighbors due to the closed community.

The rent here is also very affordable so you do not need to spend all of your earnings on just making sure you have a roof over your head. A one bedroom condominium will set you back $1,650 on average so that is considerably reasonable. However, the number of vacant homes is under 1% so it is extremely difficult to get a home here.

In this neighborhood, there are three shopping centers and every one of them has their own supermarket, Laundromat, restaurants, shops, and more.

One of the most popular local restaurants is Panera Bread, famous for its clam chowder If you are not interested in that, there is also Dallas BBQ, Red Lobster, and Gennaro's Brick Oven. If you want something more traditional, you can try Town House Restaurant.

A significant percent of the community is above the retirement age of 65. The nightlife here is not very big, so do not expect much.


Morningside Heights


Morningside Heights Image Morningside Heights is located in Manhattan. An Ivy League school, Columbia University, is located in this neighborhood. You definitely would not need a car to get around here as there are many subway lines that will take you all around this area. The crime rate here is also relatively low. The number of murders here has gone down significantly over the years.

Once you see the cost of living here, though, you might want to fall in love with a different neighborhood. It will cost you around two thousand dollars for a one bedroom apartment. A two bedroom apartment will cost nearly three thousand dollars a month. All of these are the prices if you want to rent

One of the most famous restaurants here is called Tom's Restaurant that is located on W. 112th street. If you have watched Seinfeld before, you would definitely recognize this attraction. The West End Bar is also extremely famous in this neighborhood, as it used to be a place where writers of the Beat Generation would hang out. If you are hungry, you are in luck. There are many different types of restaurants here ranging from American to Ethiopian. There is also Chipotle Mexican Grill for those who are interested in Mexican fast food. The cost of eating here can be quite cheap if you find the right restaurants.

There is not much of nightlife in this neighborhood, so you might want to head down to Times Square for that instead. However, there are definitely bars and clubs here but there just is not much to choose from.


Roosevelt Island


Roosevelt Island Image Roosevelt Island is located in the East River in New York City. It neighbors Manhattan and Queens. Convenience may be a bit of an issue here because it is slightly removed from the rest of New York City. It can also be difficult to find parking on this island.

The apartments here are quite expensive, especially when it is not located in the most convenient area. A two bedroom apartment will cost you around $3,000. However, you will feel like you are living in a luxurious place in exchange for the high cost.

You can visit Southpoint Park, which recently became open to the public just a little under two years ago. There is also the North Point Lighthouse which is still at a walkable distance from the tram and the bus system. The lighthouse was built a bit over a hundred years ago and its original purpose was to help light an asylum. You can see Randall's Island from here.

If you are interested in eating, you may become disappointed. There are very few restaurants here to choose from. If you really want to eat something, there is at least a Starbucks here. However, during rush hours, expect to have to wait a long time because of the long lines. If you are not too interested in coffee and overpriced sandwiches and pastries, you can head to Riverwalk Bar & Grill. It is a more relaxed and casual environment that has TVs for your enjoyment. Do not expect to be too entertained if you sit by the windows though, as there will not be much going on.

There are clubs here but if you really want to enjoy the nightlife, you might as well go to Times Square.


Bedford Park


Bedford Park Image Bedford Park is located in Bronx. It is extremely close to Lehman College. This area is predominantly Latino but there are also African Americans, Caucasians, Koreans, Indians, and Bangladeshis living here. This area is extremely convenient as you do not need a car to get around. You only need to depend on the subway lines to take you where you want to go. If you have a car, you can easily access the major highways and get to Manhattan or Westchester quickly. The crime rate here is also pretty low and has been dropping over the years.

The cost of living here is extremely low, especially compared to other areas like Midtown Manhattan, which really is not that far away from Bedford Park. A one bedroom apartment will cost you a little over a thousand dollars per month, so that is considerably low and very cost-efficient. A two bedroom apartment will cost around $1,700 on average.

One of the most popular places is the woods that are near Mosholu Parkway. Residents are often seen jogging here or playing with their children and pets.

If you are interested in animals, the Bronx Zoo is right around the area and plant lovers can head to the New York Botanical Garden.

There are many restaurants located in this neighborhood. There are Chinese, American, Italian, and even Korean restaurants available. The prices are also extremely reasonable.

The nightlife here may not be as exciting as Times Square or Koreatown, but there are multiple clubs and bars here, as well as lounges.


Parkchester


Parkchester Image Parkchester is located in Bronx. It is quite convenient to live here, as there is the 6 line to get you around. It is also relatively safe here but you must remain extremely alert and wary, especially at night.

The community in Parkchester is quite small compared to some other neighborhoods in New York City. However, it is only thirty minutes away from Midtown Manhattan so even if this neighborhood does not appeal to you all that much, you can still quickly get to the more exciting attractions in Manhattan.

It is pretty affordable to rent an apartment here. A one bedroom apartment will only set you back around $1,050 a month! A two bedroom apartment will cost only five hundred and fifty dollars more.

There is a lack of a concentrated shopping area like Soho or Herald Square. However, the number of retail stores is still very impressive. There is over a hundred retail locations here to satisfy your shopping needs. No need to go to Herald Square to shop at Macy's because there is one right here. If you want to be able to sip on your coffee slowly and at a leisurely pace, there are also Starbucks located around here.

Of course there are fast food restaurants here, namely SUBWAY, McDonald's, and Burger King. However, there are also Indian, Dominican, Mexican, and American restaurants here for people who are not in as much of a hurry.

The nightlife here is pretty well-established, with many lounges and bars here.


Harlem


Harlem Image Harlem is located in Manhattan. It is predominantly African-American. You can definitely live here without a car, as there are buses and trains that will take you to this neighborhood. It is definitely not cheap to live here. It will cost you at least $2,500 for a one bedroom apartment each month if you rent it. A two bedroom apartment will cost you around a hundred more. A two bedroom, two bathroom apartment will cost nearly four thousand dollars. However, if this is out of your price range, there are also lower quality apartments that will cost you $1,300 for a one bedroom apartment. As you can see, the price varies a lot. Despite the relatively low price though, the crime rate is extremely high with the gang activities that take place in this neighborhood.

There are theaters and restaurants here. They mostly serve American or French food. Despite the lack of variety compared to other neighborhoods, the price is not extremely expensive so you can still enjoy the popular dishes without going broke.

At night, there are bars and lounges that are also very popular. However, do be extra careful at night.

If art is what you are into, you can head to The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library. This is a pretty popular attraction. There is also the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring contemporary art by African and Caribbean artists. If you are religious, there are numerous churches for you to go to.


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