My boyfriend and I are planning to move to NYC in about 18 months (gotta save up). We currently love in Salt Lake City, Utah (not Mormon). Where's a good, safe place to get a larger apartment? Like around $2500-$3000/mo rent? Cause I'm clueless as to what neighborhoods are good. The more space, the better!

I would suggest that you check the internet editions of the local papers and their real estate sections.  What’s hot now might not be in 18 months (and vice versa).  The point has been made lately that parts of Brooklyn are more expensive than parts of Manhattan.  You should look at all of the boroughs.

An apartment building in Flushing.

An apartment building in Flushing.

Houses in Midwood.

Houses in Midwood.

Buildings, a cemetery and snow in Nolita.

Buildings, a cemetery and snow in Nolita.

An old picture of the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway Station on the Broadway-Brooklyn Line.

An old picture of the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway Station on the Broadway-Brooklyn Line.

The Mets-Willets Point Station on the No. 7 Line.

The Mets-Willets Point Station on the No. 7 Line.

Terraces in Hell’s Kitchen.

Terraces in Hell’s Kitchen.

Windows and brickwork in Bronxdale.

Windows and brickwork in Bronxdale.

Houses in Fiske Terrace.

Does anyone what is the meaning of that oval of bricks and cobblestones in the roadway?

Houses in Fiske Terrace.

Does anyone what is the meaning of that oval of bricks and cobblestones in the roadway?

Houses in Midland Beach.

Houses in Midland Beach.

Houses in Cambria Heights.

Houses in Cambria Heights.

An old picture of a since-demolished house in Dutch Kills.

An old picture of a since-demolished house in Dutch Kills.

A house in Bay Ridge.

A house in Bay Ridge.

A house in Pelham Gardens.

A house in Pelham Gardens.

The 28th Street Station on the Broadway Line.

The 28th Street Station on the Broadway Line.