Young people gravitate to NYC and its environs to launch careers with their newly minted college degrees. Areas like Jersey City, Brooklyn and the Upper East Side/Harlem are great for young professionals. All of these offer tons of amenities; super-cool coffee shops and restaurants, abundant nightlife, good transportation and reasonable rents.
Living in Jersey City means easy commutes to Manhattan but with lower rents and more space. Jersey City also has lots of its own commerce and jobs; there are offices for Goldman Sachs, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Barclays here. If historic buildings entice you, opt for the area around Journal Square and you’ll have lots to explore. Plus, you can find world-class crepes at Kraverie, great tacos at Taqueria Downtown and loads of amazing food trucks. Nightlife in JC abounds, from block parties and festivals to bars like Cellar 335 and Lutze Biergarten. Also, Mayor Steve Fulop, a millennial himself, is leading a JC renaissance. Live downtown on the waterfront for amazing views, and the middle of Manhattan is only a 15-minute commute on the PATH Train.
Brooklyn neighborhoods are diverse and interesting, from evolving Crown Heights, to artist enclave Bushwick, architectural heaven Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, the East Village of Brooklyn. No matter which Brooklyn neighborhood you choose, exciting nightlife, plentiful restaurants and cultural diversity are attracting more young people daily. Prospect Park is 585 acres of pure outdoor bliss, and you’ll find The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden relaxing as well. For nightlife, try Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights and check out Franklin Park, Berg’n or The Way Station. If you like to combine your partying with art, Bushwick is the place to be; visit Regina Rex, Parallel Art Space or the Harbor Gallery, then have dinner at Bunna Cafe or get authentic New York pizza. Williamsburg is the Brooklyn neighborhood for shopping in trendy boutiques and vintage shops. Visit on Sunday and try food from Brooklyn’s best restaurants at Smorgasburg in East River State Park.
Upper East Side/Harlem
The tree-lined Upper East Side is home to sophistication, Central Park, the Met and the Guggenheim Museum. It offers literally hundreds of amazing restaurants like Uva, Amali, Sasabune and Up Thai as well as dynamic nightlife at the Drunken Monkey, Baraonda, Bemelmans and The Auction House.
Harlem has undergone a recent transformation, with lots of new restaurants and high rise condos. Still, the friendly neighborhood vibe remains along with the iconic culture. More than half of Harlem residents are single. Luckily, plenty of nightlife, soul food, live music and dancing at Lido, Red Rooster, Bier International, Harlem Tavern and Ginny’s Supper Club will give you lots of mingling opportunities.
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