Harvard_Naw wrote:So, I'll be working in a Biglaw firm in NYC this fall. I'll be moving there with my wife and four-year-old son. I'm having trouble deciding where I should live. My office is just north of Times Square. Living in Manhattan would be preferable, even if it were for just a year so that we could get settled and spend a year trying to find a good school district/private school either in or outside of the city. I'm wondering if living in Manhattan is financially possible for us on my Biglaw salary, considering that we're going to need a second bedroom and an elevator (for my son). If not, does anyone have any recommendations? I would like to keep my commute as short as possible, but that definitely comes second to safety.
I will be in the exact same situation as OP in the Fall of 2018. My son will turn 4 that September and 160k in debt. I have done some preliminary research looking into the living situation, and I have read good things about Astoria in Queens. The commutes appear reasonable and the neighborhood would be less hectic for a family than Manhattan.
I would be interested to hear if anyone else has any opinions on Astoria. I admittedly have little experience with NY.
Astoria is good. Also Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, in order of increasing distance from the city.
There are big swaths of Queens, even within these neighborhoods, that are far from the subway, so just be aware of that and try to stay within a few blocks of the train or else half your commute will be walking.
For those working on the west side, Washington Heights north of around 181st and west of Broadway (sometimes called Hudson Heights) is nice and affordable too.