The 5 best affordable New York apartments (week of August 5)

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 everybody knows. It’s easy to panic that you’re not getting enough for your 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, here’s what was available last week.

  • East 62nd St

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,910/month

    Finding a nice one-bedroom is an almost impossible task in New York, but they are out there. For a couple sharing this pad, the rent works out to $955 per month, which would be insane anywhere else in the world but not that shocking here. The apartment comes with a renovated bathroom, new floors and, allegedly, “tons of closet space.” In the New York real-estate agent–to-English dictionary, that presumably translates to “has a closet. Sort of.”

  • East 62nd St

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,910/month

  • East 62nd St

    One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,910/month

  • 74 Ryerson St #1

    Three-bedroom in Clinton Hill, $3,050/month ($1,017 per person)

    1,400 square feet of hardwood floors, a backyard and basement storage space, with heat and hot water included in the rent. If you’re cool with having bars on your oversize bedroom windows, this could be the place for you (and your two roomies).

  • 74 Ryerson St #1

    Three-bedroom in Clinton Hill, $3,050/month ($1,017 per person)

  • 74 Ryerson St #1

    Three-bedroom in Clinton Hill, $3,050/month ($1,017 per person)

  • 333 E 83rd St

    Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

    Let’s start here by directly quoting the listing:
    “THIS IS A RAILROAD APARTMENT - If you can't live with walking through one bedroom to get to another this apartment is NOT for you. If you can live it then : * SPACE , SPACE and SPACE –”
    So immediately, we’re not only seeing a surprising amount of honesty from this listing, we’re also getting unparalleled creativity in the realm of both punctuation and syntax. Snark aside, it looks pretty nice, but yeah, that walking-through-one-bedroom-to-get-to-another thing sounds like a pain in the butt.

  • 333 E 83rd St

    Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

  • 333 E 83rd St

    Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

  • Central Park N

    Three-bedroom in Central Harlem, $3,300/month ($1,100 per person)

    You might be (understandably) wary of listings that say things like “right on the park!” since they normally tend to end up being about eight blocks away. But this one, going by the photos, really is right there at the top of the park and just round the corner from the subway station, too. It also promises “quick and easy approval,” but sadly there’s no photo evidence of that part.

  • Central Park N

    Three-bedroom in Central Harlem, $3,300/month ($1,100 per person)

  • Central Park N

    Three-bedroom in Central Harlem, $3,300/month ($1,100 per person)

  • W 30th St

    Two-bedroom in Chelsea, $3,750/month ($1,875 per person)

    This week’s priciest entry sits a couple blocks from Penn Station (woo?) and has air-conditioning, on-site laundry and an elevator. The bedrooms are also at opposite ends of the apartment, so this could be a good one for those with roommates prone to making a lot of late-night noises (you know what we’re talking about).

  • W 30th St

    Two-bedroom in Chelsea, $3,750/month ($1,875 per person)

  • W 30th St

    Two-bedroom in Chelsea, $3,750/month ($1,875 per person)

East 62nd St

One-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $1,910/month

Finding a nice one-bedroom is an almost impossible task in New York, but they are out there. For a couple sharing this pad, the rent works out to $955 per month, which would be insane anywhere else in the world but not that shocking here. The apartment comes with a renovated bathroom, new floors and, allegedly, “tons of closet space.” In the New York real-estate agent–to-English dictionary, that presumably translates to “has a closet. Sort of.”


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