I got a new job and I'm moving to NYC in a few weeks!!!

First I would like to state that I expect each of you who lives in the city to be my friend. I'm an excellent person to be friends with. I'm not creepy, I'm not a murder, and - most importantly - I have an adorable dog (see photographic evidence)

Moving to NYC!

I would also like your advice on where to live. The following are important to me (in no particular order):

-Safe

-Diverse

-Inexpensive (relatively speaking, of course)

-Proximity to work (Long Island City)

-Proximity to delicious and cheap ethnic food

What recommendations do you smart GTers have for me!?