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What’s the best neighborhood for housing in New York according to your taste and budget?

A number of people often ask me: what is the best neighborhood for a short-term stay in NYC?
Often, I will to answer: it all depends on your taste and  budget.
What kind of neighborhood you prefer staying: touristic, hip and young, with locals or/and affordable?
Precisely, this is where the problem is: you’ll have to make a decision!!! 🙂 🙂

A different housing for a first stay and for further trips to New York?

On the first place, I’m tempted to say that for a first trip to New York, a touristic neighborhood like Times Square is a perfect choice. Now, for a 2nd trip to New York, a quiet environment among local New Yorkers is preferable.
Anyway, you might want a calm place while getting to know New Yorkers on your first trip to New York.
It really depends of your preferences.

Is there any affordable housing in New York?

Of course, money matters in order to find a good deal in housing in the neighborhood you want!!!
Basically, the more you lower your standards in terms of hotel ranking, quality and size of the apartment and also the further from the heart of Manhattan you’re staying, the cheaper it is. Therefore, if you’ll find an apartment in Harlem or Brooklyn will always be cheaper than any place in the center of the city with the same accommodations. So once again, it’s up to you to know if you want to prioritize a location close to the center or few minutes commuting to the city is an option.
But my best tip is to stay in Long Island City, you'll be at 10-15 minutes to Times Square by Subway. I tell you more here: 3 good deals for hotels in New York

All neighborhoods defined following 7 criteria

I will try to define each neighborhood of New York according to a number of criteria: the touristic aspect, the proximity with shops or restaurants, bars and clubs, its quietness, whether local people live in the neighborhood, the number of touristic housing (hotels & apartments) and finally its rate.
In this way, I’ve put stars for each criterion.

  Tourism: is it a touristic area or not? Are there interesting things to see?
not touristic
highly touristic

  Shopping: is it a great shopping area? (from a tourist perspective) 
very few stores
great shopping area

  Going out: is there any bars, restaurants or clubs in the neighborhood?
very few venues
excellent area for venues

  Quietness: is the neighborhood quiet or not?
not quiet at all
very quiet

  Local life: is it a neighborhood filled with locals, an office area or touristic area?
very few locals
mostly locals

  Choice of housing: is the neighborhood mainly for tourists (hotels or short-term rentals)?
very few tourists housing
large choice of housing

  Rates: is it expensive for a hotel or an apartment?
very pricey
affordable

Here's a chart so you can see all the neighborhoods and their distinctive characteristics

Neighborhoods  Tourism  Shopping  Going out  Quietness  Local life  Choice of housing  Rates
Financial District
Tribeca
Chinatown
SoHo
Lower East Side (LES)
Greenwich Village
East Village
Chelsea
Flatiron District
Hell's Kitchen
Midtown
Times Square
Upper West Side
Upper East Side
Harlem
Washington Heights
Brooklyn - Williamsburg
Brooklyn - Bedford
Brooklyn
Queens - Long Island City & Astoria
Queens
Staten Island
The Bronx
New Jersey

Conclusion

I hope that this chart and these explanations will help you decide more easily in which neighborhood of NYC is the best choice while researching for housing in New York.
You can find some housing options here.

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