« on: March 24, 2006, 10:25:15 AM »
I'm dealing with the same decision right now. My immediate decision is Cardozo v. Brooklyn. Then I need to just hang tight and wait to hear about the four places that have me pended.
I've spent some time at both Cardozo and Brooklyn in both formal and informal settings. For me, it is Cardozo hands-down, no contest. I think previous posters hit it squarely when they said that the decision needs to come down to gut-level instinct. Everytime I've visited Cardozo I've been wowed. My sense is that there's a genuine community there, and the professors, administration and students are all equally committed to a high level of intellectual discourse. I haven't had a bad experience at Brooklyn at all, and know I could get a great education there, but they just haven't excited me the way Cardozo has.
Then there's the housing issue. C'mon, people. Yes. Landing an apartment in NYC is an experience like no other. Finding my current place was more work than getting into graduate school (and I have an Ivy League masters degree!) However, it is doable. I currently live in the heart of Chelsea in a doorman building for under $1000/month. And it's a studio, but it's a nice studio. A close friend has a studio in Hell's Kitchen for $750. The reality is that there are good deals and bad deals to be found everywhere. It just takes leg work, patience, persistance, thick skin, and a relatively well-developed sense of humor. For some people, it's just not worth it. For a lot of us, living in the city is well worth the (tremendous flaming) hassle.
In the Bklyn v. Manhattan debate...bear in mind that Brooklyn Heights is very expensive...we're talking Manhattan prices. Other parts of Brooklyn are great and much more affordable, but not necessarily so accessible to BLS. Parts of Manhattan are much cheaper, but you're looking at a long commute.
Believe me, I'm not trying to downplay Brooklyn (the borough or the law school). I'm saying that there's no easy calculus to make this decision. And, I guess, trying to reassure everyone not native to NYC that it IS possible to live there.