New York City
It’s the Big Apple. It’s the city that never sleeps. And for students, New York City’s the place where you’ll find more neighborhoods to choose from than anywhere else in the law school community – each with its own personality and charm.
Manhattan – You can shop for any style of clothing, eat at any kind of restaurant, and listen to any type of music right in Manhattan. From the upper Westside to Downtown, from Hell’s Kitchen to Union Square, and from every part of Greenwich Village, the choices available to you offer variety of lifestyles and the type of excitement that’s made this borough famous.
Outer Boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island also offer unique living opportunities for students without sacrificing much, if any, of the choices available in Manhattan. Several students have specifically found Brooklyn to be an attractive option, especially neighborhoods like Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
New York has every type of residence. You can rent in a high-rise building, a low-rise building, a brownstone, or a walk-up. You can live in a studio, an apartment with multiple bedrooms, or even a single family home in one of the outer boroughs. And you can live alone or with a roommate. Rents vary with the type and place of the apartment you choose, but be prepared for some sticker shock if you’re not familiar with the area.
Getting to the law school from New York isn’t quite as simple as it is from neighborhoods in New Jersey, no matter whether you go by train or car. The best option to commute by train is to take the PATH trains to Newark, but that will require getting to a PATH station in NYC and transferring to a Newark-bound train at one of the Jersey City stations.
If you choose to drive, you’ll first need to find a place to park your car in NYC. Once you’re on the road, you’ll then become familiar with crossing the Hudson River by either the Holland or Lincoln Tunnels, or the George Washington Bridge.
Aside from all the shopping, restaurants, concerts, and sports, one of the great parts of living in New York City is all the ethnic festivals and parades to enjoy. There’s the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Columbus Day Parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and Cinco de Mayo, among many other ethnic and international celebrations. And each one has its own unique food, fun, and traditions.
New York City has virtually every service imaginable, including dry cleaners, banks, nail salons, and even houses of worship on nearly every block, but the New York City Public Library is a resource deserving special mention. With multiple branches in every borough as well as online access, you can do lots of research without leaving NYC. Check out the library website – www.nypl.org – for hours and locations.
For other information about living in New York City, there are a number of useful websites, but www.nyc.gov is the city’s official site and should be especially helpful.