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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron Properties

The five best affordable apartments in NYC (week of February 3)

At about $1,000 per person, these NYC abodes—scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens—are worth the money

By Tolly Wright
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New York City is a tough place to find an apartment. People panic about not getting enough for their money, which is why we take a weekly look at what it’s possible to get in this town for about $1,000 a person. (And we promise, there won’t be a nightmare apartment listing.) No one wants to end up in the world’s most depressing apartment, but not everyone has the cash to pay for the kind of place Obama could afford to rent if he moves to New York. So take a look at these affordable apartments in NYC but do so quickly because they 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 still struggling, try our NYC apartments guide.

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Affordable apartments in NYC

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

178 India St, #7

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint for $2,490/month ($830 per person)

The by far least expensive option on February's list, still has a ton going for it. Though this North Brooklyn apartment is not particularly glamorous, the hardwood floors, large bedrooms, spacious closets and shared living spaces combine to make it look easy to call home. And just think, what you and your two buddies are saving in rent you can spend sprucing up the lackluster kitchen or exploring all the cool haunts your neighborhood has to offer.

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

178 India St, #7

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint for $2,490/month ($830 per person)

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affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

178 India St, #7

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint for $2,490/month ($830 per person)

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Quality Living

325 W. 93rd, #52

Four-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $4,295/month ($1,074 per person)

Choosing this apartment would not only set your grandparents’ hearts at ease—the Upper West Side was not a location usually featured in the Law & Order franchise—but, it’s also a steal for the neighborhood. For just over a grand you’ll be blocks from Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History and the 2 and 3 express trains. If all that walking makes you break into a sweat, there’s onsite laundry, too.

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affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Quality Living

325 W. 93rd, #52

Four-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $4,295/month ($1,074 per person)

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Quality Living

325 W. 93rd, #52

Four-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $4,295/month ($1,074 per person)

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affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

22-35 75th street

Two-bedroom in Astoria for $1,950/month ($975 per person)

Let’s not sugar coat it: Yes, this Astoria apartment is less than a block from the eyesore (and sounds) of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway merging with Grand Central Parkway, but living in a spacious two bedroom in such a popular nabe for only 3 figures a month makes the investment in earplugs worth it. Also, you’ll soon be wanting to host regular dinner parties as the living room can easily fit company and the kitchen has plenty of counter space and a dishwasher.

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

22-35 75th street

Two-bedroom in Astoria for $1,950/month ($975 per person)

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affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

22-35 75th street

Two-bedroom in Astoria for $1,950/month ($975 per person)

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron Properties

207 Madison St, #G1

Three-bedroom in Two Bridges for $3,329/month ($1,109 per person)

For a lot of people moving to the Lower East Side is a matter of convenience: Restaurants galores, lots of nightlife and easy access to downtown, midtown and Brooklyn. This bright, sun-filled apartment, with nice hardwood flooring and high ceilings, adds to that convenience by coming with an amazing resident’s lounge. Even if your budget is closer to $1,000, just think of that extra $100 going to unwinding in the shared space that includes a huge, big screen tv, wifi, and arcade games—you might not even want to go out.

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affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron Properties

207 Madison St, #G1

Three-bedroom in Two Bridges for $3,329/month ($1,109 per person)

affordable apartments in NYC
affordable apartments in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron Properties

207 Madison St, #G1

Three-bedroom in Two Bridges for $3,329/month ($1,109 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

Amsterdam Ave and W 133rd street, #22

Two-bedroom in West Harlem for $1950/month ($975 per person)

Located a quick walk north of Harlem’s main cultural and commercial thoroughfare (125th street), this pad is perfect for those looking to migrate uptown. While the kitchen leaves something to be desired—that “something” being counter space and cohesive walling—your proximity to amazing soul, BBQ, African and southern style restaurants will more than make up for that. Also your regular morning routine of blasting the Hamilton soundtrack will seem so much cooler knowing that you’re a stone’s throw away from Alexander Hamilton’s still-standing house on 141st street.

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