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Here’s what we know about apartment hunting in New York: It sucks. Competition is insane (8.5 million of us are crammed into this city’s bedrooms, which can be as small as 80 square feet), and flawless credit and an annual salary that’s at least 40 times the monthly rent are standard leasing requirements. Plus, spending $1,000 a month for a windowless room in a sixth-floor walk-up is (somehow) considered a steal. The thought of writing a rent check that doesn’t reduce you to tears sounds nice, right? Believe it or not, it’s possible. We rounded up a few shrewd—and admittedly very lucky—local New Yorkers for the dish on how they scored these affordable apartments in NYC.
Photographs by David Williams
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