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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

June 15, 2013

Betty asks…

Moving to NYC. Tips & advice on finding an apartment, job and living in the city.?

I am planning to move to NYC in August 2013. I am moving with the goal to start my MBA in January and take the 6 months to adjust to the city as well as finding a job. I am not really familiar with NYC so I have been doing research and reading blogs and such. I am looking to find an apartment in Queens as it seems to be more affordable than Brooklyn. I would love to find something in Manhattan but it looks nearly impossible. Yorkville seems like a nice area to live in. My rent budget is no more than $1500/month.I will be sending my resume to a temp agency so i can hopefully find a job very soon after moving there.

What are your tips and advice about moving to NYC? Any good websites to look for apartments. Is it worth it to get a broker?

Any advice or any tips from personal experience would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Administrator answers:

I suggest you make an exploratory trip to NYC, do job interviews, scout out neighborhoods, etc. Before you make a definite plan to move.

Are you sure you can get into an MBA program? Many programs require related job experience for admission. And they may or may not offer the opportunity to start in January – I’d guess you’d have to be getting your apps in fairly soon, if so.

I wouldn’t think Yorkville would be the least-expensive area to live in. We lived on the UES between York and East End when we lived there and it wasn’t the cheapest place to live. You’d probably want to live fairly near your school and/or job, to lessen the commute time. But you’ll probably have a tough time finding anything for < $1500; you may need a roommate to stay within that budget.

It's expensive to live in NYC and, aside from that, it's not the place for everyone. Depending on where you're coming from, it could be a big culture shock.

Ken asks…

Is it as dangerous in Manhattan as people say?

Would a girl who’s just turned 18, but a bit on the bigger side and is not as attractive not have a problem staying away from guys that could potentially rape her? Should I bring pepper spray or taser just in case? Could an apartment with a fire escape be easily broken into? Is it possible to just get shot walking down the sidewalk?
Fire escapes. That question is one i’m really concerned about.

Administrator answers:

If only you knew how silly these questions sound to someone who actually lives in NYC.

I’ve lived here for over 35 years. I’m in my 50s now, but I moved here at 17. I lived in Manhattan for a few years, than moved to cheaper digs in Brooklyn.

NYC was FAR more dangerous back then than it is now. But even so, I was never raped! I wasn’t even mugged! And I promise you, no one ever took a shot at me!

Today, NYC is the safest large city in the U.S. This is particularly true of Manhattan.

A bigger problem for you is how can you afford to live in Manhattan??? Most young people can’t. Young people who first move to NYC tend to live in Northern Brooklyn neighborhoods or in neighborhoods in Eastern Queens these days.

But most of NYC is pretty safe these days. My 16 year old daughter has been traveling around NYC by herself since she was 14 years old and had to start commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan to go to high school. Nothing bad has ever happened to her, either.

I don’t know which “people” you are listening to, but in my opinion, you should listen to someone else. Maybe someone who actually knows something about NYC?

Charles asks…

Anyone stayed at the Mandarin Oriental New York?

We need to be out of our apartment for 4 days and I was looking at this hotel. Has anyone stayed and how did you like it? How does it compare to others in Manhattan or what would you reccomend?
Thanks to the people with genuine answers.

Administrator answers:

The Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan is considered to be a 5 star hotel and it comes with a five star price tag per night also. The average price per night for standard accommodations is $600-$800 a night depending whether you go peak or off peak time of year.

There are ways you can get more for your money and even get apartment like accommodations such as staying at the hotel AKA in New York that has it’s own stainless steel kitchen, living room, and bedroom in Manhattan. (set up like full apartment) some folks do rent them as apartments.

This is suitable for extended stays so you can save money by cooking if you want to, and also has flat screen tv’s in it, comfy couches, luxury linens, microwave, coffee maker,etc.
The average cost is $265.00 per night compared to Mandarin’s $600-$800 per night for a standard small room.

The AKA NY is 657 sq. Ft large compared to Mandarin which is only 225 sq. Ft. Standard room and 400 sq. Ft for a larger room at the Mandarin costs $800.00 per night.

The largest VIP suite that the Mandarin offers is 650 square ft. Large and costs $1200.00 PER NIGHT. AKA NY 657 sq. Ft large at a price tag of $265.00 per night. By staying at the AKA NY in a 657 sq. Ft apartment style accomodations it would save you $935.00 per night compared to the Mandarin’s VIP suite cost of the same sq. Footage.

The better deal is definitely the AKA Ny due to size of accomodations, price point, etc. However, if you wish for dizzying luxury at it’s very core and want to pay for it, then the Mandarin is just that! It is both legendary in it’s service and luxury. Bare in mind spa treatments, coffee, water, drinks, food, etc. Are not included in the totals quoted above at the Mandarin (those cost you extra) on top of already excessive priced accomodations.

In end, you can stay at the AKA save a boat load of money, afford to have a massage at a great spa, shop at Bloomingdales, Macys, Fao Schwartz, Tiffany’s, treat yourself to a pair of Monolo Blahnik’s, etc. And still come out cheaper than the Mandarin for a 4 day stay. LOL ( but true)

The whole 4 days at AKA NY would cost a $1060.00 plus taxes and fees compared to Mandarin at $4,800.00 plus taxes and fees.

Really depends on what you want!

Susan asks…

I am moving to Manhattan this Sept and I am trying to find out the areas to avoid.?

My boyfriend and I are trying to find “cheaper” places to live in Manhattan but we don’t want to be living somewhere where we are afraid to leave the apt. Can anyone gives us some suggestions on where NOT to live. Inwood, Harlem, Morningside Heights, and Washington Heights are some of the most popular that keep coming up in our searches, any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.


Administrator answers:

You will pay a lot for apartment in manhattan
instead find a place in queens or brooklyn
i live in Ridgewood Queens
its really quiet here
most people that live here are Latino/Hispanic
and lots of Polish people are starting to come here from Greenpoint
im Polish myself

Daniel asks…

Where do I go when starting out?

I’m from pennsylvania, but I like a more fast paced lifestyle.
I’ll have a degree in engineering, and i’m not too sure how much I will be payed in the city(manhattan). My question is where are good(safe) places to live in the area that are close to good public trans.? Also what would be the cost of a 1 bd. apt. there?

Thank you.
Sorry I didn’t point this out earliar-i’m speaking of the NYC area(including NJ)

Administrator answers:

These days, there are lots of good, safe areas close to Pub Tran, but they’re expen$ive. If you need to start out cheap until you have a better sense of finance, I recommend looking at the East Bronx – last I knew (I lived there for a year), it was off the “trendy” radar; so while other places were gonig for $800-$2,000 (mid-90s prices), I was paying $550 for a nice apartment in a nice neighborhood.

It was a three-minute walk to the #6 train (downside: a one-hour trip by local to midtown; about 40 min by rush-hour express). There were also communter buses that made the trip faster (but they cost more, and I was a cheapskate).

The neighborhood I was iprimarily an Irish-Italian one; lots of Italian delis, bakeries, old-fashioned butcher shops and fish markets, and cheap diners too. There was a mall within a mile or so; two movieplexes (one at the mall, one near the LI Sound).

It was a very residential neighborhood; once you were off the main streets (which have the usual chain places), it was quiet and safe. I once went upstate for the weekend and forgot to lock my door (an outside, on-street door), and nothing happened.

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