if you want to practice in NYC, i think it's best to get out of the city for a while, because you gonna live there for rest of your life anyway.
I'm from NYC and i really think going to ug away from NYC and east coast in general helped me open up my perspectives. But then again, going to a school in NYC might help prepare you living there.
as for social scene, you're going to be studying all the time anyway! lol, jk. i think it really depends on the individual to create a social scene for him/herself.
they are similar schools, so i think you should consider program, class size, money... ect.