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

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

Written 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

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2nd Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Harlem for $1,850/month ($925 per person)

Ideal for those buddies living on a budget, not only is this spacious, sunny apartment less than a grand per room, but it’s also close to the East River Plaza shopping extravaganza–er, shopping center. Stock up on electronics, bulk toilet paper, stylish yet inexpensive homegoods, and some surprisingly tasty frozen chicken nuggets at Best Buy, Target and Costco and walk over to the new abode where a new fridge, a bedroom fit for a queen (-sized bed) and updated bathroom are waiting.

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2nd Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Harlem for $1,850/month ($925 per person)

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2nd Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Harlem for $1,850/month ($925 per person)

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East New York Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Flatbush for $1,900/month ($950 per person)

Folks who work from home need to see this sunny, second floor walk-up. The warm and inviting space, complete with a freshly renovated kitchen and a bathroom with a skylight, has two spacious bedrooms AND a small bonus room that can be used as an at-home office. Plus, when the weather gets nice, it’s only a mile walk (or three stops on the 2, 3) to Prospect Park–frolicking time!

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East New York Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Flatbush for $1,900/month ($950 per person)

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East New York Ave #2

Two-bedroom in East Flatbush for $1,900/month ($950 per person)

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Lexington Ave #2

Two-bedroom in Bedford Stuyvesant for $2,199/month ($1,100 per person)

From its shiny hardwood floors to its high ceilings, this Bed Stuy abode is a winner. The open floor plan leaves loads of space for furniture befitting such a nicely-renovated unit, that includes on-site laundry and a brick fireplace. Located close to many of the up-and-coming nabe’s trendy restaurants and bars, you’ll have a lot to explore come spring, or invite everyone over to use the building’s outdoor space.

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Lexington Ave #2

Two-bedroom in Bedford Stuyvesant for $2,199/month ($1,100 per person)

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Lexington Ave #2

Two-bedroom in Bedford Stuyvesant for $2,199/month ($1,100 per person)

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Amsterdam Ave and W 80th

Three-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $3,212/month ($1,070 per person)

While affordable and Upper West Side might be two phrases that do not usually go together, they do where there’s a slight catch. Though beautifully renovated to appear spick-and-span–particularly that dream-come-true bathroom with Subway tile and an amazing shower–the pad comes with a price: It’s railroad style. If walking through a roommate’s (or two roommate’s) bedroom, or having others pass through your’s, isn’t a deal breaker than this place, located blocks away from Central Park and dozens of top notch restaurants and cultural institutions, is a steal.

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Amsterdam Ave and W 80th

Three-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $3,212/month ($1,070 per person)

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Amsterdam Ave and W 80th

Three-bedroom in the Upper West Side for $3,212/month ($1,070 per person)

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115 Willoughby Street, 1L

Four bedroom in downtown Brooklyn for $4,100/month ($1,025 per person)

Four roommates living in one apartment might sound like a halfway house between Frat-life and adulthood, but with two floors, three bathrooms and an inviting, shared living space, no one has to feel like an overgrown co-ed. The ground floor bedrooms appear to lack windows, but, hey, that’s great news for folks working the night shift and/or vampires and the building’s shared outdoor space will certainly be utilized come spring.

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115 Willoughby Street, 1L

Four bedroom in downtown Brooklyn for $4,100/month ($1,025 per person)

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115 Willoughby Street, 1L

Four bedroom in downtown Brooklyn for $4,100/month ($1,025 per person)

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