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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

December 2, 2012

Lisa asks…

What should i know before moving to New York City?

I’ve always wanted to move to NYC but i’m not very used to living in the city so i have some questions. How much does rent start at??? Will i need a car??? What’s the safest, cheapest, and fastest way to get around like taxi, bus, subway,etc.???Do you know of any apartments in Manhattan that allow pets??? And do you know of any really safe good neighborhoods (because i want to possible have children in the future)??? Thanks (:

Administrator answers:

DO NOT bring a car. It’s super expensive to keep it there–you’ll need to get a space in a garage, since parking on the street isn’t always an option, and that can be pricey.

The fastest way to get around is the Subway. Cabs are quite expensive, and the bus can be pretty slow

Some apartments do allow pets. You can go on a rental site like City Habitats, and when you search, you can check off a box that narrows down your search to apartments that allow pets.

The buroughs can be expensive, too, so don’t think that just because you live in Brooklyn means you’ll get a cheaper apartment. Plus the commute to Manhattan can be quite long (from Queens to Manhattan it can be as much as 45 minutes, which can be a real pain.) In terms of cheaper apartments, the higher up or lower down you go, the cheaper they will be. Gramercy Park is expensive, as is Midtown. If you go on the Upper East Side, try not to live above 100th, since that borders Spanish Harlem. Wall Street is nice but it’s completely dead at night, which can be a positive or a negative depending. SoHo and the Meatpacking Distract will be pricey, AND on
weekends the bars and clubs there are packed, which can be both really noisy and kind of sketchy–if you want kids, I would stay away from there.

I live on the Upper East Side in the 80s and I love it. It’s pretty family-oriented. West 4th around Perry Street is gorgeous but I think the rent is pretty high. Neighborhoods can really vary depending on the street–a street in Alphabet City may be really nice, but two avenues over it might be sketchy. You’ll really need to look at the apartments to tell.

In terms of safety–any city can be unsafe–you just need to be aware of your surroundings. However, stay away from Harlem, which can be dangerous. Keep in mind that the areas near Columbia University can be nice, BUT it is very close to Harlem.

Some other tips: See the apartment before you buy or rent it. Decide whether it’s important or not to have a doorman and/or laundry facilities in the building (if there are those things, it can sometimes be more expensive.) Figure out what you can pay for an apartment but factor in that you will need to pay for cable/Internet (runs about $120/month), gas/utilities (anywhere from $30 to $110/month), and possibly a broker’s fee. Be sure you take out renter’s insurance. For drinks, pay attention to happy hours–drinks during happy hour can be really cheap and can save you a lot of money.

Good luck!

Steven asks…

Three questions……?

1. Ok. So I have to get like, 4 shots just as boosters for my age. Problem: I am so afraid!! How do I get through it without like getting knocked out or something?

2. What is the cheapest Manhattan Village for a college student to rent an apartment in, and is NYU a good school for Art History??

Administrator answers:

Thats only two qustions

Maria asks…

What do you think of Archstone Apts. in Manhattan?

In general, what does everyone think about the archstone apartments in Manhattan, like all of them. I am considering moving in Archstone 101 West End when I move to manhattan in not very long! So please tell me what you all think of these apartments in Manhattan, Please and Thank you…also, whoever gives the best and longest answer gets 10 points. Also, I really am considering them because the rent for a one bed in kinda cheap, $2,600.00 to $2,900.00…also, my budget is $3,000.00 for rent in manhattan, so also if you think somewhere else would be better then give me a link, its always worth a look…thanks

Administrator answers:

Why not look outside the city too? If your budget is $3,000 / month, you have lots of options. You could rent in a place that has commuter access into the city. Trains run all the time into NYC …so you wouldn’t have to worry about where you live. You could live out on Long Island. Southern Conn, or Northern Suburbs of New York City. You should look there as well. You might find more for your money.

Helen asks…

How much rent would you pay for a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan ?

How much rent a month would you pay for a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan. It doesn’t have to be right in the centre of Manhattan.

Administrator answers:

I would say that anywhere from $1,500-$2,500 for a one-bedroom is about right for a decent area right in Manhattan.

In order to get an idea of the rents in specific neighborhoods, go to the following website:, and scroll down to “Median rent in 2008″, and then click on the area you want to know about. (You’ll find that there are a lot of studios in Manhattan, which make the median rent seem lower)

For a cheaper rent, I would recommend going into the outer boroughs-you’ll get more value for your money in neighborhoods like Woodside and Sunnyside, Queens, a little bit further out.

Good luck.

James asks…

How can young people afford living in Manhattan?

I know a lot of the younger people living in Manhattan are students at universities and live in dormitories.

But I’m talking more about the people fresh out of university, living in proper apartments in Manhattan.

What the hell? I haven’t found any apartment for less than 2 grand per month. And the ones that are about 2 grand, are tiny and dirty.

Where do you all find places to stay? Is it that they’re all just receiving funds from their parents back home in the mid-west or something?

Administrator answers:

Most young people now live in Brooklyn and Queens, which is why certain neighborhoods in those boroughs have become so hip to live in (driving the prices up further. It’s a vicious circle.)

And some people live with entirely too many people in too small an apartment. But, that’s okay. I lived in a place in Brooklyn with 8 other people when I was a kid. (And for dirt cheap, back then.) It was a huge place, and why not? When you’re young, you don’t mind. (Back then, we moved every year or so, because they were always selling the building or going co-op just after we’d moved there. But we always found another big place to live with a lot of people.)

In fact, my main irritation with the kids who want come here at the age of 22 – 30 is that they DON’T seem to think they should have a roommate. We’d never have been able to afford NYC without a roommate when I was that age!!! Things were much cheaper back then but salaries were a lot lower, too!

Get a roommate and move to Brooklyn. Find a neighborhood that isn’t hip yet, and move there. That’s what I did in the early 80s in Boerum Hill and Park Slope, and that’s what a generation did before ME in the 70s with the Upper West Side.

Stop griping and find a way to make it work.

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