While we all like to brag about how NYC is the greatest city in the world, the cost of living has exponentially sky-rocketed in recent years. Finding affordable apartments in NYC is near-impossible these days—not to mention finding compatible (or, at the very least, sane) roommates. Spare yourself a panic attack and take advantage of 21st century technology! We tested out the below real estate apps for your convenience.
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NYC apartment and real estate apps
If there’s an apartment listed in New York, you’ll likely find it here. The aggregator pulls available spots from popular agencies like Bond New York and Douglas Elliman and alerts you when places that meet your criteria hit the market. As for apartment browsing, there’s zero guesswork—simply choose between a map or a list view and tap away at spots that catch your eye. zumper.com
A simple interface and all the basic filters (price, number of bedrooms, pet policy, etc.) make navigating PadMapper a breeze. But pay close attention to listing sources—Airbnb is among them, and you’re probably looking for something more permanent than a weekend stay in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, loft. padmapper.com
Want to stay in—or at least near—your ’hood? MoveMent culls open pads using GPS technology, only verifying them when agents upload photos. Nifty, right? Sort of. While there are quite a few Manhattan listings, outer-borough options are paltry at best. Also, we found 11-
and 14-week-old listings, a red flag that tends to mean a place is either horrible or already taken. movementapartments.com
Because of a possible bug, the same photos pop up for multiple listings on this app (we spied a studio in Woodhaven, Queens, and a two-bedroom in Harlem with identical pics). Try a ’hood search before you log out, though. Those are pretty solid and include area-specific stats such as rent medians and the percentage of buildings with elevators. nakedapartments.com
Are you looking for a place in Weehawken, New Jersey? Because apartments there were the first to appear when we searched for units in the West Village. The photos are nice, and the listing seems to be legit. But, again, Weehawken. mynewplace.com
Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar
This izakaya-style restaurant in Greenpoint offers all sorts of Japanese favorites, from yakitori to ramen to sushi and sashimi. Owner Nick Wang puts a focus on quality, and the restaurant sources only high-quality seafood and free-range meats. Amami even ferments its soy sauce in house. But before you order dinner, why not start with a signature cocktail, like the Ms. Daisy with saffron-infused gin, yuzu sake and lime juice ($12)? Notably, the expansive drink list also features sake by the bottle and Japanese whiskies. Now, on to the food: The vast menu includes every variety of sashimi, hand roll and specialty roll you can think of. If that doesn’t tempt you, maybe the miso-glazed black cod ($6), soy-glazed pork buns ($7) or grilled squid with basil and ginger ($9) might. Or perhaps you’d like a steaming bowl of the tonkatsu ramen ($15) with pork belly and a soft-boiled egg—and another cocktail to wash it down, of course.
Venue says: “Come Enjoy our new Summer cocktail list. Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5p-8p - snacks $3-$5, wine $5, beer $5, Classic cocktails $8!”