So you're lucky enough to live in New York. Whether or not your parents are still helping you pay the rent, it's a tough city to navigate when it comes to finding an apartment in your twenties. You're too old to do the whole "five roommates" thing, and not quite ready (um, financially) to settle in to that penthouse on Central Park West you've been dreaming of. No worries, there are plenty of NYC hoods that fit your needs. From semi-affordable rent prices to jumpin' nightlife scenes and brunch spots, click through for the best areas to live now.

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