Sooo, there seems to be quite a lot of disagreement about subway convenience, safety and the like in this areas and others of BK. I would like to repeat that I’m not looking in central CH. I’m not looking to get stabbed or shot at point blank range. If we were to get a place in CH, it’d have to be near the Prospect Heights border. Of course, we're looking in ALL areas surrounding the park and may try Sunset Park too.
NYU is a quick ride on the Q train or the B and it’s not so bad on the 2, 3, 4, 5. And I’ve done this ride before at 3 and 4 AM. I’ve walked around the area (mostly from around Grand Army Plaza to the Nostrand Ave stop on Fulton) at 3 or 4 AM so I have a pretty good idea of how sketchy it can be at night, which is why we’re not looking near the Nostrand Ave stop and more towards the park.
As for hipsters or students moving out for the hipness, I think you mean williamsburg and bushwick. Williamsburg is way too expensive for an area that is served by one unreliable subway line. I stopped being interested in Bushwick when a friend of mine was held up at gunpoint last year.
And for those who say that finding a 2 bedroom in this price range is near impossible, I walked up and down eastern parkway (to Nostrand) calling most major management companies there (Abba, Lifestyle, etc.) and got a few calls back saying that have stuff in our range. We also saw an amazing apartment near the Church Ave stop (but the area is really sketch) and another place in Lefferts this weekend. So for anyone looking in these areas, as was previously suggested in this thread, going place to place in your desired location is probably the best idea.