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 monthly 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
Two bedroom in East Harlem for $2,200/month ($1,100 per person)
Bright, clean and just a few blocks away from the 103rd Street 6 stop, this spot in East Harlem could be the perfect uptown home. The open floor-plan makes the small living room space flexible for dining and seating arrangements while the kitchen has plenty of cabinet space. If you’re somebody who loves some privacy the bedrooms are each big enough to hold a king size bed which means you’ll have room for spreading out.
Three bedroom in the Upper West Side for $3,200/month ($1,066 per person)
If what’s most important to you is having a room of one’s own then check out these digs. While there isn’t a living room, each of the three bedrooms boasts a large closet enough space for a queen sized bed, desk and other necessary furniture. The full kitchen, which has room for a small table, has all the basics you’ll need to whip up a meal, but with a thriving restaurant scene just outside your doors in the Upper West Side you might not be able to resist going out (or ordering in).
Three bedroom in Greenpoint for $3,300/month ($1,100 per person)
Sitting pretty in the northern regions of Brooklyn on a tree-lined street is this airy Greenpoint spot. While the pictures of the kitchen might not look completely finished, you can rest-assured that’s because it’s been recently updated. Features like a dishwasher and built-in air conditioning will make you the envy of the neighborhood, while the living room and kitchen placement in the middle of the apartment ensure privacy in a true three bedroom. The apartment is a bit further away from the nightlife scene is Williamsburg, but the restaurants nearby are nothing to sneeze at, and the 7 train in Long Island City is totally walkable (and bikeable) from your building’s front step.
Three bedroom in Clinton Hill for $3,000/month ($1,000 per person)
Cute, quaint and in-budget this apartment is a great fit for those looking for a place in one of Brooklyn’s more happening neighborhoods. Though the apartment doesn’t have many windows in the living and kitchen area, it still achieves a brightness with white walls, french doors and light floors. The bedrooms appear to be big enough to fit a full size bed and the apartment’s location on Green Avenue is near a plethora of subway options that can get you into Manhattan fast.
Four bedroom in Park Slope for $3,800/month ($950 per person)
Did you think there was no way you’d be able to afford a place in Park Slope? Well this spot has your solution. Sure, it’s really a three bedroom convertible to four bedroom (get out those DIY skills, now) and at least one of the already existing bedrooms looks to be the size of Harry Potter’s cupboard, but you’ll be in Park Slope for less than a grand a month! Furthermore, what you lose in space the apartment more than makes up for with a beautiful brick fireplace, french doors, an updated kitchen and closets galore. There’s even an in-building washer/dryer!
Pilar Cuban Restaurant and Bar
The name of this family-run restaurant in Bedford-Stuyvesant comes from Ernest Hemingway’s boat, Pilar, which he used for fishing trips in Cuba. One peek at the menu reveals this eatery stays true to its Cuban roots. Start with chicken, spinach, cod or beef empanadas ($9 for two) or plantain chips stuffed with shrimp or skirt steak ($12). For entrees, there’s a classic pressed cubano sandwich ($14) served with more plantain chips, arroz con pollo ($15) or ropa vieja, skirt steak with tomatoes peppers and onions ($19). You might want to sample a side of yuca fries ($6) or some house-made chorizo ($5), too. Sip on cuban soft drinks like the pineapple-flavored Jupiña or the yerba mate–spiked Materva. If you need a caffeine fix, they’ve got you covered there too: the cafe con leche especial is a sweet combination of Cafe Bustelo espresso and condensed milk.
Venue says: “Mention Time Out, receive a FREE beer or wine with entree! We serve modern versions of classic Cuban food in a sun-lit Havana-inspired space”
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