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Your Questions About Apt For Rent In Manhattan

May 10, 2012

Mandy asks…

I don’t want my annoying coworker to move into my condo building…is there any way to tell him?

I live in Manhattanin a condo building. My coworker once came by my apartment and I guess he really liked my building. Now he and his wife are looking to rent an apartment in my building. There are hundreds of other buildings in Manhattan, most of them nicer than mine… and even cheaper but they want to rent an apartment in the same building I live in.

First off, my coworker is a nice person and we do get along. He is super quiet at work and I am practically his only friend at work and he can be very irritating. He is the kind of person who would ask work-related questions when we’re out of work. I am the kind of person who likes to go home and relax, not think about work at all especially during the weekend. I ride home in the same subway as he does (he lives in the same neighborhood right now), so I am already stuck with him on our commute but at least I am able say good bye at my subway stop and not deal with him until the next work day. Now I feel like I will be stuck with him and his wife. His wife is already irritating – she told the realtor that she is practically best friends with me…but we’ve actually never met. I guess she thought it would benefit them if they say she is best friends with someone in the building.

They found out that there is an apt for rent in my building and they are willing to pay 3 months rent so that no one else takes it — which sounds crazy, I know my coworker doesn’t make THAT much money but it almost sounds like they are so desperate to take this apt.

Is there a nice way to tell my coworker to look for another apt? I know it’s really not my place to tell someone where they should live and I know I sound selfish…but who wants to live in the same building as their annoying coworker? I want my home to continue to be a place where I can relax and not think about work.
I don’t think my coworker is aware of the culture in Manhattan (regarding the privacy issue). He and his wife are recent immigrants on a working visa from mainland China. (I’m also of Asian descent but I am american).
I totally lucked out! He and his wife decided not to take the apt in my building! Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

Administrator answers:

Every good New Yorker knows that unless your neighbor is moving or dying and you want their apartment, you have no other reason to talk to them. Manhattan, lovely island that it is, is a bit on the crowded side, and everyone has learned that some semblance of personal privacy must be maintained for sanity’s sake, which is why everyone generally ignores those around them on the subway or streets.

So, should your coworker move into your building, you still have no reason to have to deal with him at all. Ever. If he comes to your door, leave the chain on, peek out and look regretful and say “I’m so sorry, this just isn’t a good time” and close the door with a sad smile. A few rounds of that will keep him at bay.
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Hehehehe, well, he’ll learn, and it will be nice of you to be one of the people who politely helps him learn that privacy is far more important in cities than elsewhere.

Susan asks…

NYC residents only!! How much does it cost to live reasonably in NYC?

I LOVE NYC! I’d LOVE to move there. How much would it cost annually to live there comfortably?? By comfortably I mean eating every now and then, shows and such in moderation, just not scraping every penny you own to eat. I saw online this lady lives in a 99 sq ft apt. Her rent is low. I don’t mind doing something like that. Are there any tiny apartments for cheaper but still in An awesome local like manhattan? Please someone help me!!!!

Administrator answers:

That depends on WHERE in NYC.

You realize a 99 sq ft apartment is a room that is LESS THAN 10 ft by 10 ft?

George asks…

Would moving to Manhattan make sense?

I am really struggling with this decision, and hope to get some objective advice. You should understand first, that I come from an educated but working class family, (made up of nurses, social workers, teachers) and I am only supporting myself. No kids, but no one is helping to support me either. I say this so you understand that if I did lose my job, I wouldn’t be homeless, but it would be a burden on family members if I had to move in with them.

I am also 31 years old, widowed in 2006, and still currently single. I currently live and work in Hartsdale NY and pay $1050 in rent for a decent studio apt with utilities included in rent. I currently make $73,600, (I work in I.T.) but just got a job offer in Manhattan at $75,000. I’m thinking of accepting the job and just moving into Manhattan to be close to where I work. I’m a shy person and don’t really do any entertaining at my place, so I would be fine moving into another studio. From what i’ve seen on Craigslist, a comparable studio to what I’m renting now in Manhattan would be about 1400-1500. My car payments plus insurance equal about 400 a month, and if I moved to Manhattan I would sell my car, so i’m hoping that it would end up evenening out with my increase in rent, plus most likely inclusion of utilities. Also, where I currently rent is month to month, which I really like, and I know i’d most likely not find that in Manhattan. And I also know the general cost of living in Manhattan would be more expensive.

I could commute from Hartsdale to Manhattan on Metronorth, but the total length would be about an hour and a half one way, whereas I could move to Manhattan and just have a half hour walk to work, or 20 min subway ride. Argh. What should I do?? Should I refuse the offer and continue to work in Hartsdale? The place that offered me the job in Manhattan would be more prestigious and impressive looking on my resume than where I currently work, so that is something i’m considering too.
Thank you so much for your advice!
Thank you all so much for the advice! I’ve decided to go for it but I will be careful.

Administrator answers:

You sound like you want to go for this change in your life but are worried about leaving the old you behind. I say go for it. You’ve already worked out it’s not going to mean to much of a financial burden and being so close to work will mean you have far more time in the evening for socialising.

City life is more expensive but it is also more interesting and could be the exact thing you need in your life now, as well as a change to a more prestiguous sounding company.

Also I am sorry for your loss. It can’t have been easy losing someone so early on in your adult life.

Good luck!

Ruth asks…

Should I move to Manhattan?

I am really struggling with this decision, and hope to get some objective advice. You should understand first, that I come from an educated but working class family, (made up of nurses, social workers, teachers) and I am only supporting myself. No kids, but no one is helping to support me either. I say this so you understand that if I did lose my job, I wouldn’t be homeless, but it would be a burden on family members if I had to move in with them.

I am also 31 years old, widowed in 2006, and still currently single. I currently live and work in Hartsdale NY and pay $1050 in rent for a decent studio apt with utilities included in rent. I currently make $73,600, (I work in I.T.) but just got a job offer in Manhattan at $75,000. I’m thinking of accepting the job and just moving into Manhattan to be close to where I work. I’m a shy person and don’t really do any entertaining at my place, so I would be fine moving into another studio. From what i’ve seen on Craigslist, a comparable studio to what I’m renting now in Manhattan would be about 1400-1500. My car payments plus insurance equal about 400 a month, and if I moved to Manhattan I would sell my car, so i’m hoping that it would end up evenening out with my increase in rent, plus most likely inclusion of utilities. Also, where I currently rent is month to month, which I really like, and I know i’d most likely not find that in Manhattan.

I could commute from Hartsdale to Manhattan on Metronorth, but the total length would be about an hour and a half one way, whereas I could move to Manhattan and just have a half hour walk to work, or 20 min subway ride. Argh. What should I do?? Should I refuse the offer and continue to work in Hartsdale? The place that offered me the job in Manhattan would be more prestigious and impressive looking on my resume than where I currently work, so that is something i’m considering too.
Thank you so much for your advice!
Edit: Thank you all so much for your advice! Ive decided to go for it, but I will be careful where I pick to live.

Administrator answers:

I think you need to go to Manhattan and look at the apartments listed for $1500 p/month to see if you would feel safe and comfortable living there. I think you may have to pay more than that to get a reasonably nice place in a good locale for commuting.

Jenny asks…

what are some good ways to start looking for an apartment in NYC?

I am currently in the Bronx, but am looking for a place to rent/lease for a year in Manhattan, starting Sept/Oct 2007, preferably either in
1. the upper west side or
2. morningside park area,
3. riverside drive. Is it possible to get a 1bedroom apt around 1200-1400 on the west side? (preferably not harlem and not inwood please!)… i would want to stay away from brokers if possible, but what are some good ways to start my search? websites? newspaper ads? i have been looking on craigslist but found nothing there available from W60th to 100th streets! any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Administrator answers:

Just keep checking craigslist. Thing is with craigslist is that you wont find a listing that far in advance. All the apts listed now are probably for april/may or even june move in. Try 2 months before your move in date. Listings expire 7 days after posted on craigslist so landlords are not going to list this far in advance for sept/oct. Especially cause their tenants havent let them know they will be leaving in sept/oct yet.

I know you want to be proactive- but there is really no sense in sweating it out trying to look now. A tenant that is leaving in sept/oct will most likely tell the landlord in late july/early august. So be really diligent looking on craigslist during that time- you WILL find something! I got a great 1 1/2 bedroom, rent stabilized at $875 in a great community in bk. There wasnt even a picture listed but i put it on my list of “prospects” anyway because of the price and location and i really lucked out. I needed to move in may so i started looking in march ( i started looking in dec/jan and was making myself crazy- so i decided to cool it til moving time was closer and the listings would be in my time frame)

REALTORS???? Try not to. They hit you with the Brokers fee which is 1 1/2 months rent… YIKES!!

Hope this helped- and happy hunting!! You’ll get something!!
PS be ready to give a deposit when you do find one you like! We all know how quickly a great place can slip thru!

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