I don't put much stock into the social ramifications of the chart below, which claims to show the most popular nabes in New York City, based on a single variable: where rentals are up. Nice try, but this is little more than statistical intrigue. How about the hoods where people are buying? Where retail is thriving? Highest percentage of successful eateries and taverns? Mix it all up and then we might have a meaningful study.
For what it's worth, according to nakedapartments.com, the "most popular" nabes in Manhattan are the Upper West Side, West Village, Upper East Side, East Village and Greenwich Village. (Aren't West Village and Greenwich Village the same damn thing?) In Brooklyn, Williamsburg comes out on top, followed by Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Greenpoint. In Queens, Astoria beat out the trendy Long Island City, while in the Bronx, Riverdale, home of Archie and Veronica, wins out.
Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I believe this means shit.
More interesting: The top 5 amenities that renters search out: pet-friendly buildings, elevator, doorman, washer/dryer, laundry in the building and outdoor space.