I am writing this for a friend of mind... He is married with two kids. One is 6 years old and the other 10. Lived in Chicago for the last 15 years and he is thinking about moving to New York. He is coming to NY to check out the place (hes only been there once before in the last 15 years) to get a feel for the city as he is thinking about moving there. Living in Manhattan would probably be out of the question since he has kids and would really like to lease or finance a new home. What advice does anyone have for NY vs Chicago. Also what are some good places to check out near New York City to live in... Some where nice in New Jersey. Keep in mind that my friend is not filthy rich. He is a Sales Associate however he makes very good money for one. The only decent place ive been to in Jersey near NYC is Princeton but then again i have not been to much in NJ. If anyone can offer any advice...on a good place to live thats not crazy expensive fairly close to the city and a good place to raise a family in NYC that would be good. Also pros and cons of chicago and nyc.