We're moving to NY from Seattle and wondering where we should live. After initially looking at the UWS because of access to CP, we've moved out area of focus to the east village and LES because every time I visit, that seems to be where all the cool little bistros, bars and cafes are. The price seems better there too and access to Chinatown is nice. I'm going to be working from home for the most part, so cafes with internet access would be a nice alternative to our apartment. We're 30 and NOT hipsters (we're from Seattle, after all), just like to go out for great food without pretension. We also cook quite a bit at home now, though not sure that will continue while we're there.
If you were only going to live in Manhattan for a year, where would you live?