Yeah, believe me...I am a bit sick about it...the cost of the rent (and for where I HAVE filled out an application to rent). Right now I'm paying just $1500, so it will be almost $1000 more per month for me! Ugh. However, right now I live in Glendale/Ridgewood, Queens, which I can't STAND. Very blue collar, close-minded people, nothing but 99 cent stores and fast food restaurants. AND to get to work, I have to take a BUS (horrible having to wait late at night or in the cold), and then TWO trains, for an almost 50-60 minute commute. And if I ever want a taxi home from my job in Times Square, forget about it. I've had taxi doors locked on me, been kicked out mid-ride, been sworn etc., told that I don't know the best way to get to my own apartment etc.. Sure some drivers have been fine, but I've had more than my share of bad situations, all cuz many drivers simply don't want to drive all the way to Glendale.
In Astoria, I'll have no more problems if I want a taxi home. (Plus I'll be less likely to need taxis home anyway, since the commute will be SO much easier.) I already have three friends that currently live in Astoria, whereas in Glendale I didn't relate to anybody in the nabe, and my friends who lived elsewhere never wanted to visit (due to the horrible commute to get there). From Astoria my commute to work will now be on ONE train line, and door to door it will be about 30 minutes each way.
I'll have more friends from other parts of Manhattan now more willing to visit me. And then there's all those apartment amenities...a gym right there....washer/dryer IN the apartment....doorman...and an awesome roofdeck for BBQing and parties. Oh I can already imagine the parties I'll be having.
But yeah, the high rent DOES make me a bit sick. However I'm only looking at it as a temporary thing, as during my 18 month lease there I will start looking for a place to BUY. And after being accustomed to paying almost $2400/month at this place, any mortgage I pay for a place to buy for around $550k will seem like a pittance (since I already have the 20% needed to put down). I didn't buy right now though because I was more focused on just getting the hell out of Glendale/Ridgewood, and I didn't want to rush to buy a place. So this way I can take my time....about a year or so...to find just the right place to buy...