New York has seen the start of a tech boom in recent years, with Google opening an office in Chelsea, Yahoo leasing space near Times Square, and Facebook moving some of its engineering operations to Midtown East.
The city’s transformation into Silicon Valley East has brought an influx of entry-level hires straight out of college, hunting for their first Manhattan apartment.
“With social media being the way it is, people are all talking about living in certain neighborhoods,” said Andrew Barrocas, president of MNS Realty.
In addition to standbys like Murray Hill and the Upper East Side, newly established neighborhoods like Midtown West in the 30s and 40s, near the booming nightlife scene along the Highline, have become popular, Barrocas said.
And so have waterfront areas in close proximity to new hires’ Midtown and Financial District offices, everywhere from Jersey City to Roosevelt Island to Long Island City.
“I leave Brooklyn out