Anonymous User wrote:I have a 5-10 minute walk to work. Absolutely love it and highly recommend it. Granted, I love my apartment and the area/location as well (a few hundred dollars more expensive than if I lived 20 minutes away, and quite a bit more expensive than living outside city center).
Any bit of flexibility you can get working in big law really makes the difference - at least for me. Personally, I think it would be sad if I relied on a commute to be my "me" time. Take the flexibility and use it to make your life better.
OP is choosing between a 5-minute walk and a 15-minute subway ride. The difference is pretty trivial. One option is in an apartment with no windows in an ugly building. The other is in a nicer building and in a nicer neighborhood (and presumably has windows). Assuming the extra $400 is not an issue (OP framed the question in a way that suggests it's not), the choice is pretty clear to me.
My last apartment in NYC was a 5-minute subway ride plus 7-8 minute walk to and from the office. It was still close enough for me to be able to easily go home or go back to the office whenever I forgot something or needed to go back for whatever reason.