@Tricia Cannon@facebook And yes: if you are spending a lot of time in your apartment, you are doing New York wrong. The questions like "where is my kitchen going to be?" and "where am I going to study/work/read/relax?" refer to your neighborhood, not your apartment. Which is why the location is given a lot more of a priority than the apartment itself.
@Tricia Cannon@facebook Harlem and Washington Heights are Manhattan about as much as Staten Island is New York City, which is to say: geographically/administratively - yes, but for real-life purposes - not really. Good chunks of Brooklyn are more expensive than Harlem and Washington Heights because they are closer to the "relevant" areas of Manhattan, plus they have their own qualities that Harlem and Washington Heights lack. In short: you still get what you pay for, and nothing more.