No sympathy from me. Â A NYC resident doesn't have to live in choice parts of Manhattan any more than a DC resident has to live in NW west of Rock Creek Park. Â What about the other boroughs and New Jersey? Â Doesn't the NYC area have a great subway and train system that makes getting around very easy?
Absolutely. New York city is expensive, but some of this stuff is total BS. What do residents make? $30,000 - $40,000? A lot of people live here on a lot less, so no sympathy from me either. And there's a reason why NYC is expensive: it's one of the greatest--if not THE greatest--cities in the world. Supply and demand. Housing is expensive, but there are ways NYC can cut you some slack. For example, you do NOT need a car (or the insurance, gasoline, and maintenance that goes along with it). How much is that a month? I'm guessing (never had to pay these) at LEAST $300/month. NYU is a good idea for summer housing, but it's more expensive if you aren't taking classes, which are VERY costly. Also, if you're willing to do without AC (buy a fan), they have cheaper buildings, still in great locations. itzamazing is right in that NYC is still somewhat segregated, and it's a shame. I live in Sunset Park, a predominantly Latino neigborhood, which, sadly, seems to scare of a lot of my friends who feel better in "Park Slope." Even if where they live is actually worse than my area. And my neighbors are wonderfully friendly. My commute is only 45 mins door to door, and costs $76 a month. Also, people complain about ridiculous apartment costs, like $1,000,000 for a studio. Sure, but no-one says you need to do that. You could always buy a townhouse in Bed-Stuy.
Okay, enough ranting.