My housemate is at NYLS right now. He's a brilliant guy who's in a similar boat as you: wanting to practice in New York and not terrifically concerned with school as much as the degree. Saying that, he works relentlessly. It's a tough school, as are most, but it's worth the reward of being in NYC and the huge amount of firm jobs available here. You will have some difficulty beating out the NYU/Columbia kids for some of the more "choice" jobs, but if you work hard and have good grades and lead your class, you should be fine and dandy in the city. Good luck.
mertmengelmier - thanks for the advice! glad to hear some good things about the school.
also, as with the top choice jobs and such.. i dont expect to have the highest paid jobs with a firm in the city... a mid sized or even a smaller firm would be fine - and id be copletely happy with suggested median salaries for private practice work. And i really dont want to do corporate work- which seems to be the big competitive area anyway.. so considering i just want A firm job, while it may not be the most reputable by any extent, i think its still a good possibility of getting some kind of firm job after graduation if thats where I went.. seeing that 50% of NYLS graduates work in law firms according to last years graduating class stats.. in comparison we're really only talking about a difference of like 25% between NYLS all the way up to fordham.. could we be looking to far into it maybe?