But you already live outside the metropolis.
Reasons why New York Sucks - Page 455
My friend spends so much on rent that he didn't want to go to dinner. No Red Farm for me
To be fair, I succeeded in squandering some of my money by meeting up with a friend (actually more of my girlfriend's friend) and gettling cocktails (@Wallflower--not my choice) and then beer and snacks @ Spotted Pig. So I was somewhat content to drink a bottle of cava and eat Tunisian takeout at my friend's place while playing GTA V.
Addendum in response to your query: my friend is an assistant professor. I don't know his exact salary, but I'm 100% certain that much more than 50% of his take-home salary goes to his rent. The answer in his case is surely: familial assistance.
Of the 5 or 6 most desirable NYC neighborhoods to live in from my perspective, probably at least 4 are in Brooklyn. Only one or two hoods in Manhattan have an adequate absence of architectural ugliness, noise, and garbage of both human and disposable varieties. I'd consider those to be Tribeca and the West Village, with the UWS not far behind. But even Chelsea and the UES and other expensive neighborhoods are littered with stuff ranging from "Bleh" to "Dear God, why."
But as far as Brooklyn,
1. Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill
2. Park Slope north of 9th
3. Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
All are just insanely gorgeous/livable.
According to Zillow, the median rent to median income ratio is 39.5, which is mathematically impossible to sustain if landlords are following annual income >= 40x rent.
Humor me, a mid-career IT wiz NYC native living in flyover country with an itch to return to Gotham, what are livable cages going for nowadays?