Originally Posted by 599GTO
Well, we have feet, subway, bicycle, taxi, car service or the personal automobile to take you from uninteresting point a to "cool" point b, which in Manhattan can be in as little as 5 minutes. Do you really confine yourself to a one block radius of your apartment?
I live in North Tribeca and it's certainly not the most exciting neighborhood in New York, but I love it. I could certainly afford to live in the middle New York's more exciting neighborhoods (clearly, as Tribeca, especially the northern section, is the most expensive section of New York City) but I love my neighborhood and I wouldn't trade it for anything. When I feel like braving the obese Midwestern tourists littering cupcake wrappers all along Bleeker Street or Euro tourists causing pedestrian gridlock in Soho, I can easily walk or have a car dump me in one of those neighborhoods in a matter of minutes.
North Tribeca is actually pretty well situated in my opinion (and I looked at apartments near the Franklin stop when I moved) - there are good restaurants in Tribeca, the river is right there and yes, you can get to SoHo, the Village, Nolita and the Lower East Side very easily.
I really didn't mean to be a prick, I just took umbrage to someone suggesting that people live in "cool" downtown neighborhoods because they want to "see and be seen". I used to live on the UWS (hence the username), and now pay more to live in the West Village because I got sick of taking $20 half hour cab rides downtown in traffic every night that I wanted to go out. And I certainly don't confine myself to a block radius of my apartment, but it's nice to be able to walk to tons of places that are "destination" restaurants or bars (not because they're trendy, but because they're good) for people elsewhere in the city. From where I live I can walk to SoHo, the Bowery, or anywhere in the Village (West or East) pretty easily.
Yes it's pretty easy to get from neighborhoods in western Queens to Midtown (which only gets me to work, I don't hang out there), but it's a pain to get to neighborhoods below 14th Street, and the local places don't compare IMO.