The 5 best affordable New York apartments (Week of August 12)

At just $1,000­ to $2,000 per person, these NYC abodes are actually worth the money

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New York City is a tough place to find an apartment, as we all know. Everyone panics that they aren’t getting enough for their money, so we’re taking a weekly look at what you can get in this town for between $1,000 and $2,000 per month, per person. No one wants to end up in the world’s most depressing apartment (and equally, not everyone has the cash to get the kind of place Obama could afford to rent if he moves to New York), so take a look at these attractive, spacious places—but do it quickly, because these will be gone before you know it. Come back next week for more of our top picks from real-estate site Zumper’s inventory.

And if you're curious, these are the five best affordable New York apartments from last week.

  • 265 South 2nd St #19

    Three-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $3,606/month ($1,202 per person)

    A ten-minute walk from the Bedford Ave subway stop, this three-bedroom apartment has a new kitchen and bathroom, as well as refinished hardwood floors and air-conditioning. It is, however, described as having “prewar charm”, which sounds suspiciously like something you’ll want to translate in the New York real-estate agent–to-English dictionary.

  • 265 South 2nd St #19

    Three-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $3,606/month ($1,202 per person)

  • 265 South 2nd St #19

    Three-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $3,606/month ($1,202 per person)

  • W 56th St #11

    Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, $1,775/month

    Once you’ve got over the fact that they’re asking close to two grand a month for a studio (why hello, Manhattan!) you might appreciate the tastefully renovated second floor of this brownstone in the heart of the city. Or you might just say, “Screw this,” and move back to Texas, where for the same price, you can rent your own castle.

  • W 56th St #11

    Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, $1,775/month

  • W 56th St #11

    Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, $1,775/month

  • Eagle St #2

    Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; $2,995/month ($1,497.50 per person)

    Spacious apartments are rarer than enthusiastic boyfriends at a farmers' market, but they do exist. As well as being surprisingly large, this pad has custom cabinetry that makes it look like some forgotten old gentlemen explorers' drinking club (this, if you were wondering, is a good thing). It also has in-unit laundry, a balcony and a roof deck—buy a pile of old taxidermy and a case of good Scotch, and you’re in business.

  • Eagle St #2

    Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; $2,995/month ($1,497.50 per person)

  • Eagle St #2

    Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; $2,995/month ($1,497.50 per person)

  • 44th Rd #867

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $3,400/month ($1,700 per person)

    One of the more expensive places on this week’s list is also one of the most attractive, with in-unit laundry, a balcony, high ceilings, a roof deck, free Wi-Fi and a gym in the building. (Apartment-building marketers: Can we stop calling them “fitness centers” now? It’s a gym. Thanks!)

  • 44th Rd #867

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $3,400/month ($1,700 per person)

  • 44th Rd #867

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $3,400/month ($1,700 per person)

  • W 109th St

    Three-bedroom on the Upper West Side, $2,895/month ($965 per person)

    Two blocks from Central Park, with laundry in the apartment, for less than a grand a month per person. And it’s only one floor up! There are no cats or dogs allowed, but hey, sometimes sacrifices have to be made (sorry, Tiddles).

  • W 109th St

    Three-bedroom on the Upper West Side, $2,895/month ($965 per person)

  • W 109th St

    Three-bedroom on the Upper West Side, $2,895/month ($965 per person)

265 South 2nd St #19

Three-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $3,606/month ($1,202 per person)

A ten-minute walk from the Bedford Ave subway stop, this three-bedroom apartment has a new kitchen and bathroom, as well as refinished hardwood floors and air-conditioning. It is, however, described as having “prewar charm”, which sounds suspiciously like something you’ll want to translate in the New York real-estate agent–to-English dictionary.


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