For all I know you might be an young professional Artist in which case, Chelsea might be a better atmosphere. There may not be as many subway lines but Manhattan is easy to get around in. Greenwich Village may offer you the best of both Worlds. Great Architecture, Restaurants and that fantastic funky intangible thing that the Village has. Clubs on Bleeker St. and NYU near Washington Square Park.
Bottom line, there are so many fantastic neighborhood and just as many reasons to choose one neighborhood or another. It really depends on what works for you.
Tom Brady SFR, e-PRO, SRES, BPOR
Licensed Associate Broker
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
#1 Listing & Selling Office on Long Island
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 208
Plainview, New York 11803
Did I mention the proximity to 5 different express subway lines which circumvent the entire city...you will find that you don't have to take gym clothes to the office any longer as it is super convenient to head home in between.
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49 Bleecker St, 2nd Floor
It isn't clear (to them) that you're an agent (unless they bother to click on your profile like I did) so questions like this are, imo, misleading.
Since Trulia's Q&A section is really meant for genuine questions seeking genuine answers - not discussion starters - I have a suggestion.......................if you're going to try to stretch that a bit, I think you need to make it clear - identify who you are - and that you are not looking to move to NYC, nor do you personally need anyone's advice!
Just my 2 cents, as I don't like to see other agents made to look foolish (even though I know it wasn't your intent).
It is a lot of fun. One area which is the center of Manhattan can lead you to any of these area, Union Square... It all depends where you wish to live and play... You can feel most comfortablein each corner of The city. But again, you can stay young for ever in Manhattan, nothing like the energy and nothing like life in most every corner...
Good luck! and welcome eto Manhattan...
Lic Asso Real Estate Broker