7 very different New York City apartments for $2,000 (slide show)

You have $2,000 per month to spend on rent. What kinds of abodes can you get for your money? Depends on where you want to live.

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You need an apartment and have a budget of around $2,000 per month (if you have a much bigger budget, check out these places, you baller). The good news is you have a lot to choose from: a luxury studio with waterfront views, a giant two-bedroom in a quiet neighborhood, a one-bedroom with tons of outdoor space. 


The bad news: No place is perfect. (If you've looked for a place in New York City before, you already knew that.) And of course, you need to act fast—decent apartments tend to disappear faster than a warm spring day. Real-estate site Zumper pulled the best of its inventory to show you what's out there in the $2K-per-month price range. Click through the slide show below to see all seven.


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    47th Ave

    Studio in Long Island City, Queens; $2,100/month

    Check out the view, the stainless-steel kitchen, the washer-dryer combo inside the unit! The apartment is in arty Long Island City, and it feels pretty spacious, all things considered.

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    47th Ave

    Studio in Long Island City, Queens; $2,100/month

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    47th Ave

    Studio in Long Island City, Queens; $2,100/month

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    166 Orchard St

    One-bedroom on the Lower East Side, $2,150/month

    Something about the decor tells us the current tenants of this LES one-bedroom are college kids. Even so, you can see the pad's cute potential with some improved furnishings. Let's hope you don't like to cook, because the kitchen couldn't be any tinier.

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    166 Orchard St

    One-bedroom on the Lower East Side, $2,150/month

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    166 Orchard St

    One-bedroom on the Lower East Side, $2,150/month

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    185 Clifton Pl

    Two-bedroom in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; $2,200/month

    If you want floors so shiny you can practically see your own reflection, then these digs are for you. Sure, Bed-Stuy isn't exactly in the middle of things—but it's a gorgeous nabe, and this apartment is conveniently nestled between two subway stops. Plus, the building is pretty new, and between the roof deck, backyard and private balcony, you'll never want for outdoor space.

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    185 Clifton Pl

    Two-bedroom in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; $2,200/month

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    185 Clifton Pl

    Two-bedroom in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; $2,200/month

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    221 W 105th St

    Studio on the Upper West Side, $1,900/month

    We're suckers for this abode's lofty feel and exposed brick, but having to climb into bed via a ladder feels a bit too juvenile—not to mention dangerous after a late night out. On the bright side, there seems to be plenty of closet space and a kitchen separate enough that it doesn't feel like you're cooking in the bedroom (though we could do without that nasty flooring).

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    221 W 105th St

    Studio on the Upper West Side, $1,900/month

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    221 W 105th St

    Studio on the Upper West Side, $1,900/month

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    554 W 50th St

    Two-bedroom in Hell's Kitchen, $2,094/month

    A pair of roommates could presumably score their own rooms—with a window each!—in this West Side home for about a grand per month. Call us Debbie Downers, but it feels like there must be something terribly wrong with the place, even though the pictures are perfectly inoffensive.

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    554 W 50th St

    Two-bedroom in Hell's Kitchen, $2,094/month

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    554 W 50th St

    Two-bedroom in Hell's Kitchen, $2,094/month

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    Greenwich St

    Studio in the Financial District, $2,125/month

    Another lofty studio, another exposed-brick wall, another lofted sleeping area—but in the case of this petite FiDi pad, we're on board, thanks to the bona fide stairs that bring you to your bed. (Folks under six-feet tall could even stand up straight.) However, there's something awfully unappealing about that bathroom.

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    Greenwich St

    Studio in the Financial District, $2,125/month

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    Greenwich St

    Studio in the Financial District, $2,125/month

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    W 141st St

    Two-bedroom in Harlem, $1,900/month

    For under $1K each per month, two roommates could share this new-looking Harlem dwelling. We love the kitchen at first sight, as well as the windows throughout the apartment—even in the bathroom, a rare sighting in New York City.

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    W 141st St

    Two-bedroom in Harlem, $1,900/month

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    W 141st St

    Two-bedroom in Harlem, $1,900/month

Photography courtesy Zumper

47th Ave

Studio in Long Island City, Queens; $2,100/month

Check out the view, the stainless-steel kitchen, the washer-dryer combo inside the unit! The apartment is in arty Long Island City, and it feels pretty spacious, all things considered.


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