Anonymous User wrote:For someone working in the Financial District, where is the best place to live both this summer and long-term? I'd like to be able to walk to work or be a short commute away via the subway.
You can essentially live three places:
East/West Village/Union Square: Very exciting, lots of young people, nightlife, and good restaurants. Very expensive (east village somewhat less so). 10-15 minutes by subway.
Tribeca/Financial District: You can walk to work and housing is moderately priced, but there's absolutely nothing to do, particularly on weekends. You can count the number of fun bars/restaurants on one hand, and many of the restaurants close on weekends. To have fun (no matter what your idea of fun is) you'll have to go somewhere else.
Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill: Very idyllic/neighborhoody - few if any high-rises, tree lined streets, etc. Not as hopping in terms of food and nightlife as the village, but it's enough to keep you happy if you don't feel like traveling. Moderately expensive (similar to financial district, less expensive than the village). About a 10 minute subway ride.
As for some other options:
-Fort Greene is essentially the same as Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill, but slightly less convenient in terms of subways, and more "up and coming" (it used to be downright dangerous 10 years ago), so it's correspondingly cheaper.
-Park Slope is a lot like Brooklyn Heights, but has slightly more nightlife and is slightly cheaper. It's another 10 minutes on the subway though.
-Downtown Brooklyn is like the financial district insofar as there is nothing to do there and it's deserted on weekends, but it's slightly cheaper. Also about a 10 minute subway ride.