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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

June 11, 2013

Michael asks…

My friends in New York, could you help me with finding a good view in Manhattan?

Hello everyone. I’m from North Jersey, so as you can imagine I’m quite familiar with New York and I go there a good bit. Normally when we have family and friends visit from out of country (Italy and Argentina) we take them to Hoboken or Weehawken and show them the marvelous view of the entire city, but I’d like to show them a view from inside the city. I’ve been up the Empire State building before but it costs money. I’m not cheap, I’d just like a free alternative that I could enjoy myself with in the future without having to always use the Empire State building. Do any of you have suggestions for how I could get a nice view of the city from a high point at the top of a building in Manhattan? Perhaps through a random apartment building? Sorry if I sound naive, but I was just hoping you could help me. Thanks guys.
@ Abused, I figured that. Oh well. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Staten Island ferry
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Promenade
George Washington Bridge (lots of walking from a parking spot)
But try The Cloisters, which is the most beautiful spot in NYC

Betty asks…

Help finding a safe place to live within daily commuting distance of midtown manhattan for $1000 a month?

I have to move there within a month after signing a contract with one of the top ten modeling agencies in new York. I really don’t want to live in a model house but they are willing to pay up to a thousand a month rent if I can find my own place. I am looking at cheap extended stay places at the moment

Administrator answers:

There are no cheap extended stay places in NYC (assuming you mean a furnished or corporate apartment). If you want to get your own place, Queens is close to midtown, but the closer you get, the more expensive. With a $1k/month budget, you can try Rego Park, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Kew Gardens and most of Flushing – all of which are less than 30 minutes away by subway. You may also consider asking another model to be your roommate to give you more options. 2 people are better than a house full.

Laura asks…

Why are there so many Italians in New York and New Jersey?

like why are they there?

Administrator answers:

A century ago when many emigrated to the US this is where the boat landed. Many had nothing so they found a cheap apartment in lower Manhattan like on Mulberry Street and nearby. Most moved on from there, some to other parts of the area, many to other parts of the country.

Paul asks…

whats the cheapest place to live that’s close to new york?

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, NO STATEN ISLAND (i live there), even Jersey.

The idea of living in jersey is very new to me. Tell me where would be the cheapest place that isn’t that bad of an area? Bad meaning chalk outlines in the arpartmetn hallways.

Looking for one bed room apartment. if all areas are too expensive jersey will be fine.

I want it to be urban or semi urban. I have no interest living in subburbs that are deserted.

Administrator answers:

Do you need to live near a subway, train, or even an express bus into Central or Southern Manhattan for work?

The expense and time to travel should be factored into the answer.

Without that, let me suggest some areas in Brooklyn or Queens that might work and are close to good subway Lines.

In Queens:

Forest Hills / Kew Gardens (central Forest Hills right near Austin Avenue is a bit pricey, but if you move away from the center by a few blocks its more affordable). My sister lives in a one bedroom there and loves it.
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in Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope are great but expensive. They are not cheap.

Williamsburg (watch it because parts of Williamsburg are not still not safe), Prospect Heights, and Cobble Hill are among the areas that once were affordable but are now pricey.

However, so much of Brooklyn has improved — and makes it a great and (compared to Manhattan) relatively affordable to live. Here are some areas:

Prospect / Lefferts Gardens near Propsect Park -
Windsor Terrace
Bay Ridge
Clinton Hill
Bensonhurst

But when looking at Brooklyn remember:

1. Although some neighborhoods have trendy sounding names, take it on a street-by-street basis.

2. Although some neighborhoods are perfectly safe, many are ethnic enclaves. You might find living in Borough Park inconvenient, for example, since so many stores shut down on Saturdays. In addition, females might find very nasty looks from the very religiously inclined residents if their skirts are too short.

3. Crowded, busy streets are generally safe as long as stores are open. Empty dark streets in good areas should be avoided at night. It all depends.

4. Just because a Brooklyn neighborhood is not chic with cute little cafes, trendy restaurants etc. Does not mean that is not perfectly safe and very livable.

Carol asks…

Is there a difference between the upper east side and upper west side of Manhattan?

Such as quality, cost, desirability and so on?

Administrator answers:

The UES is where the Old Money used to live, and still does, mainly west of Third Avenue, in old, large, well-built apartment buildings. Newer apartment buildings were built East of Third beginning in the 1960′s, and younger, more middle class people moved into them and into the lowrise walkups, which kept them from becoming run down. Today younger people are still moving into the eastern UES, and the centers of night life are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues.

The UWS used to be rather dumpy, until it was rediscovered and gentrified back in the mid to late 1970′s. Many families moved in, because huge apartments were dirt cheap back then, and there are 2 subway lines, as opposed to just 1 on the UES, so accessibility is much better. Since then the UWS has been the “hip” place to live, so the rents are actually higher there now than on the UES, especially East of Third, because the walk to the only subway line gets long…

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