NYC apartments guide

Looking for a place to live in this town is enough to make anyone run screaming for the suburbs. But great NYC apartments can be found—and here's how.



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Hey there, hopeful apartment hunter. Whether it's your first time looking or the tenth time you've moved in a decade, finding the perfect New York apartment is always absurdly stressful, which is why we've come up with a few suggestions to make the process less painful. Below you'll find the ten unbreakable commandments of apartment hunting, advice from people who got more for their money in creative ways, and a handy quiz to help you decide once and for all which part of this city you're supposed to be living in anyway. Good luck, people—it's a compact, character-filled, fixer-upper of a jungle out there.

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Find your perfect neighborhood

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James S
James S

It's kind of sad that people don't trust NYC real estate agents. I know that there's got to be a sizable demographic of honest, upfront ones. Then again, a business culture as competitive as that one isn't likely to go away easily. It must be tough to settle down there. Still, it's a good place to live.

Rachel B
Rachel B SpammerBanned

It seems like apartments in New York are so expensive.  My sister is thinking of moving to New York and doesn't know where to begin finding an apartment.  It is fun to look at your comparisons between apartments in the different cities. 


I truly don't believe in everything that quizzes tell you. Honestly, if you're thinking of moving to a particular part of town and have to take a quiz to see if that's where you should really be moving to? You're going about it all wrong! Get off your bum and visit the house! You never know what kind of apartment will take your fancy until you get there!

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Casey J
Casey J SpammerBanned

Thanks for posting these informative articles on how to find a place to live in New York.  Right now I live in Florida but will be moving to New York for business.  I want to find an apartment and don't know where to start.  I will check out those articles and search for some apartment finder sites as well.