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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Nyc For Rent

June 29, 2012

Nancy asks…

Is living in New York City really that expensive?

I am not denying anything I am just a junior in high school living 20 minutes away from the city and i really want to live in nyc after college its my dream. I understand its so expensive to live in manhatten and stuff and people says its hard but can someone please explain how hard it is, how much you would have to make a year, how much like the cheapest apartment for rent is in manhatten and like how it all works to make it so dam almost impossible. Also what do you think nyc will be like in 5 years with living and all of that. Will it be cheaper, expensive, a big mess, or just the same as now?

Administrator answers:

You should work the other way around. Figure out how much income you have and figure out what you can afford.

If you live in modest apartment in a decent neighborhood in Manhattan expect to pay:
$1700/month for a small apartment (studio)
$1200/month to split a 2 bedroom
you can save more if you have friends willing to share a room

You can save more if you live in Queens.

You can save even more living in New Jersey and taking the train.

If you eat ramen and drink tap water, don’t have a cell phone or cable, you can probably get by on $1500/month.

Linda asks…

NYC questions *10 points for best answer* thanks.?

Okay soo…
- What is the cheapest borough of the city to live in in terms of apartment rent?
- The Financial district is where all the finance is but where do most people work?
- Is the garment district and around times square where not many people live but is the main tourist area and where most of the shops are?
- How long would it roughly take for somebody to get right from the south of the upper west side to the financial district by subway?
- and the last one is how long do you think it would roughly take to walk from the west to the east of the upper west side?
Thanks *10 points for best answer*

Administrator answers:

In regards to the cheapest borough to live in. That depends on how much you’re willing to spend and where you want to live. The Bronx is the cheapest, however, there are also some affordable neighborhoods in the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

In regards to the Garment District. The District is closed to Times Square and however not too many people live in the area. In regards to shopping there are plenty of places to shop all over the city, specially in Times Square.

In regards to the subway. The trip from the Upper West Side to the Wall Street area will take about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the subway route you take.

In regards to your last questions. Depending on your pace, it would take about 30 to 45 minutes to get from the East Side to the West Side of Manhattan on foot. If you take the crosstown bus the travel time will be less.

I hope this information is very helpful.

Good luck

Jenny asks…

Please could somebody answer my questions about NYC? Thanks.?

Okay soo…
- What is the cheapest borough of the city to live in in terms of apartment rent?
- The Financial district is where all the finance is but where do most people work?
- Is the garment district and around times square where not many people live but is the main tourist area and where most of the shops are?
- How long would it roughly take for somebody to get right from the south of the upper west side to the financial district by subway?
- and the last one is how long do you think it would roughly take to walk from the west to the east of the upper west side?
Thanks *10 points for best answer*

Administrator answers:

I would recommend checking your previous answer at the link below.

Good luck
Native New Yorker

Ken asks…

Sleep with your Landlord for cheaper Rent! Would you do the same?

Top news in NYC today. People are posting on Cragslist. “Will sleep with you for a place to sleep.” On Z100, someone said that their friend has been sleeping with their landlord for 6 month nows, twice a week. Her lovely apartment is in Tribeca. Is it worth it? Or not? Can people find the mean? Or maybe someone is offering their love! Could it be that this is the only way to get a woman’s attention?

Administrator answers:

As long as you don’t mind being labeled a prostitute.. No different than that. Some people have to work 2 or 3 jobs to afford to live day to day and they aren’t “selling” their bodies to do it. Its all about morals.

Donald asks…

NYC worth it or not, your thoughts?

I really want to move there, have for years. I’ve been there a number of times, and I never want to leave.

Even if I have to live in a 2 bedroom apt with 4 roommates.
The more roommates the cheaper the rent right?

But then I hear that New York Taxes are really high, could someone please give me an example? Like how much they would take out of a paycheck and such.

Should I pay off my credit cards before I go? I owe 4k all together, but what if I just moved there and continued making the min payments?

I’m 26 living with parents.. I’m moving out this summer for sure. I’ve wanted to move to NYC for years, and I feel like if I don’t do it this summer, then it’s never going to happen.. Because If I get an apartment here I’ll never be able to save up..

What other expenses would I be facing in NYC besides Shelter, food, and transportation? I won’t be bringing a car.

Please give me all the advice you can, I really need all the help I can get.. I have a huge decision to make.

Thank you in advance!

PS: I’ll be looking for a second job this week, to help pay down debt and save up.

PS: I’m single and have no kids.

Administrator answers:

I have never been to NYC, granted, like you, I have always wanted to go. Now, you need to make sure you want to live there if you do happen to start living there. I hear once you go to New York, some people get really tired of the busy life of New York.

But, I want to go there and live there for a while. It seems nice. :)

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