To an outsider, Yorkville's pulse could be clocked at geriatric speed, aside from the occasional poodle primped and pepped from a day at Biscuits & Bath (1535 First Avenue), a doggy spa. But Yorkville—home to the ghosts of blue-collar German and Hungarian immigrants and now a refuge for families looking to settle into luxury high-rises—has also become one of the most affordable Manhattan neighborhoods for roomy studios and one-bedroom apartments. "It's simple supply-and-demand economics," explains Gordon Golub of Citi Habitats, a citywide realty brokerage house. Because of abundant space, he says, landlords are willing to sign leases for less—and with accoutrements. "Bang for buck, you might pay $1400 for a one-bedroom downtown," Golub says. "Up here, it's the same price, only with more space, a doorman, roof deck, in-house gym and spa." And residents say the neighborhood comes with more than just new Sub-Zero fridges and ugly post-war architecture. "This isn't your grandmother's Upper East Side anymore," says State Senator Liz Krueger, a grassroots Democrat who fended off feisty steel heir Andrew Eristoff this past election day. "New York's a big city," she says, "but it's rare to see three generations on the same sidewalk. It's a tight community. Diverse. I wouldn't want to live... More >>>