rickyb514 wrote:Maybe this should be for the NYU forum, but what is the feel like in the Village?
Well, I'll set it up like an NYU v Columbia feel. I have the NYU bias, but the Village, and in particular the area around the law school, are amazing. You have Wash Sq Park, some great restaurants and nightlife, and it is extremely safe. Columbia is a different feel because the Village draws the hipsters and the tourists, but the UWS is not a bad place to live either. I think you will find that at either NYU or Columbia a lot of the students live a distance away, possibly in pursuit of cheaper neighborhoods or whatever.
The one thing anyone will tell you is to visit the schools - the neighborhoods, and likely the students, have different vibes. Considering how close these schools are in the rankings (assuming you care about rankings), it should be a matter of financial aid, aspirations, and personal preference.
People need to remember that its actually a pretty small island, and the subway system can get you (almost) anywhere. If you're in NYC, you're going to be visiting all the neighborhoods at some point or another, especially on the weekends. I'd focus more on daytime/weekday vibe - you can always explore for the nightlife.
Personally, I currently live near the southern tip of Manhattan. It's quiet during the non working hours, and has some great food/bars for lunch/happy hour. True if I'm going out on the weekend, my friends and I usually head to the Village or Murray Hill or Chelsea/Hells Kitchen, but thats a quick trip on the subway there and a $15-$20 cab ride back (split several ways is nothing). But I don't think I'd want to live in those places because you really can't turn it off. Sometimes you want to have a little peace and quiet, or not be tempted to go out to the club around the corner instead of studying.