The 5 best affordable New York apartments (Week of August 26)

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.

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    E 91st St between Park and Lexington Aves, apt B

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,750/month ($875 per person)

    Okay, so this place looks kind of small. But it also looks adorable. Guessing the current tenants will take those cute ampersand pillows and pretty flowers when they go, but they can’t take the hardwood floors and totally rad-looking kitchen complete with dishwasher. (Well, they could, but that would make them hooligans.) Located just west of the UES area of Yorkville (which just got a very famous resident, and where Kieran Culkin, of those Culkins, grew up), this area’s on the rise, particularly for hip youngsters and young hipsters who’ve gotten priced out of everywhere else in Manhattan.

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    E 91st St between Park and Lexington Aves, apt B

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,750/month ($875 per person)

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    E 91st St between Park and Lexington Aves, apt B

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,750/month ($875 per person)

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    Graham Ave at Cook St

    One-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $2,000/month ($1,000 per person)

    This place has ALL THE BRICK!!! A quick walk to the Montrose Ave stop on the L, this looks like a very cool little gem. Perhaps a little further out of Billyburg’s hipster nucleus, we think that’s a good thing—and that you’ll actually like being off the beaten path (and out of the way of trustafarians and girls who once saw Williamsburg on Girls and decided to check it out). The listing says it has an “exposed beam ceiling,” which we’re going to interpret as a stylistic design choice—and not that the top of the apartment is caving in. Outdoor space seals the deal. When do we move in???

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    Graham Ave at Cook St

    One-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $2,000/month ($1,000 per person)

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    Graham Ave at Cook St

    One-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $2,000/month ($1,000 per person)

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    183 Duane St, apt 5

    Two-bedroom in Tribeca, $3,550/month ($1,775 per person)

    The coolest thing about this pad is that it takes up the whole floor, which is exactly how we envisioned all NYC apartments when we were starry-eyed kids who dreamed of moving to the big city. (The only thing better would be an elevator that opens right into the place.) This two-bedroom boasts a washer-dryer and skylight (handy, considering your view out the regular windows appears to face two brick walls) and purports itself to be an “easy fifth-floor walk-up.” The ad also brags about its views of Duane Reade (amazing!)—though the views of the Freedom Tower are probably actually pretty cool.

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    183 Duane St, apt 5

    Two-bedroom in Tribeca, $3,550/month ($1,775 per person)

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    183 Duane St, apt 5

    Two-bedroom in Tribeca, $3,550/month ($1,775 per person)

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    416 E 71st St, apt 26

    Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,500/month ($1,750 per person)

    First things first—this is a three-bedroom. With two bathrooms. So that’s amazing. The fact that it’s a sixth-floor walk-up is a little less amazing. (And the fact that the ad admits that the photos are of a different apartment altogether is the least amazing thing of all, but call us optimists.) All bedrooms are rumored to be the same size (so no roommate fighting!), though one has an en-suite bathroom (so, okay, maybe a little roommate fighting). Monthly rent drops to $1,167 with three roommates or if you’re a throuple (no judgment here!). Located on 71st Street between First and York Avenues, you’ll be conveniently close to the Second Avenue subway, which should be ready any day now (LOL) and pretty much every hospital in Manhattan. So…yay?

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    416 E 71st St, apt 26

    Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,500/month ($1,750 per person)

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    416 E 71st St, apt 26

    Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,500/month ($1,750 per person)

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    45-40 Center Blvd, apt 3010

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $2,995/month ($1,497 per person)

    Holy magnificent views, Batman! This swanky doorman building on the LIC waterfront has a fitness center, balcony, posh kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows—it’s basically an apartment wet dream. It’s not pet-friendly apartment, though, so Mittens and Fido will have to find somewhere else to live. (There’s a dishwasher—we think it’s worth it.) The best part is what ten years ago might have been considered the worst part: the fact that it’s in Queens. With PS1, M. Wells, Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill and much more these days, Long Island City is kind of frickin’ awesome.

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    45-40 Center Blvd, apt 3010

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $2,995/month ($1,497 per person)

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    45-40 Center Blvd, apt 3010

    Two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens; $2,995/month ($1,497 per person)

Photograph: Coutesy Zumper

E 91st St between Park and Lexington Aves, apt B

One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,750/month ($875 per person)

Okay, so this place looks kind of small. But it also looks adorable. Guessing the current tenants will take those cute ampersand pillows and pretty flowers when they go, but they can’t take the hardwood floors and totally rad-looking kitchen complete with dishwasher. (Well, they could, but that would make them hooligans.) Located just west of the UES area of Yorkville (which just got a very famous resident, and where Kieran Culkin, of those Culkins, grew up), this area’s on the rise, particularly for hip youngsters and young hipsters who’ve gotten priced out of everywhere else in Manhattan.


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