Difficult Child - I am glad to see that you are gathering ideas for your son. The NY Times had an article the other day that said some parts of Manhattan might actually be cheaper than Brooklyn! My daughter is living communally in Brooklyn as part of a volunteer group She loves the area and it's still reasonably priced. She previously lived in Astoria and loved it there - very cool music and restaurant scenes. It's hard when they won't listen. I just found out the my third son failed the one and only class he was taking at community college. I'm not sending him back and he is going to be getting a job. I am tired of throwing money away.