@Niko Bellic I don't see how it's misleading in the least to say that I live in Manhattan. I live in Manhattan. Which is not the same thing as living in Staten Island.
@myrna.minkoff Perhaps the most important real-estate variable, in my opinion — and one of the most overlooked — is the walking time from your door to the subway. Okay, so the place is off a good couple of trains that run to places you need and want to go — but it's an eight-minute walk to the station? Fuck that. Do not rent that place. It makes a lot more sense to go one or two stops farther out and get a place that's a block from the subway.
@Niko Bellic Staten Island? Come on. It's just not true that you have easier access to the "relevant" parts of Manhattan — by which I take it you mean downtown — from the pricier swathes of Brooklyn than you do from Upper Manhattan. Like anything, it depends. And Manhattan has most of Brooklyn beat in one important respect: transit. Take West Harlem: you've got the A/B/C/D and the 2/3. Four express trains — and good express trains, express trains that run express 24 hours in Manhattan, instead of going local at night and on weekends, or even all the time, as they do in the outer boroughs — plus two locals. That translates to a transit time of 10ish minutes to Midtown and 20ish minutes to downtown. Brooklyn is nice if you want to live in Brooklyn, but it's not necessarily convenient. If you worked in Chelsea, you'd be a lot better off living in Washington Heights than you would Carroll Gardens. And if you worked in SoHo, it'd be a toss-up.