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The 5 best affordable New York apartments (week of April 7)

At around $1,000­ per person, these NYC abodes are actually worth the money

By Will Gleason
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New York City is a tough place to find an apartment, as we all know. Everyone panics that they aren’t getting enough for their money, which is why we’re taking a weekly look at what you can get in this town for around $1,000 per person (and we promise there’ll be no nightmare apartment listing). No one wants to end up in the world’s most depressing apartment (and equally, not everyone has the cash to get the kind of place Obama could afford to rent if he moves to New York), so take a look at these attractive, spacious places—but do it quickly, because these 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 April 7, Kingsland 1
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245 Kingsland Ave #2L

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($933 per person)

Seriously, we've seen some deals in Affordable Apartments, but this is kind of ridiculous—three bedrooms and two bathrooms in Greenpoint for under a grand each? We love the layout of this pre-war pad, too, especially the generously sized living room. There are gleaming hardwood floors throughout, plus granite countertops in the kitchen (which has a dishwasher). The bathroom looks pretty spiffy, there's central heat and A/C in the apartment as well as skylights (we swoon). More? You'll find laundry and a gym in the building—and it's right by McGolrick Park. And yes, we're kind of wishing we hadn't told you til we'd had a chance to look round it ourselves. Quick, New York, get on this!

Affordable apartments April 7, Kingsland 2
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245 Kingsland Ave #2L

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($933 per person)

 
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Affordable apartments April 7, Kingsland 3
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245 Kingsland Ave #2L

Three-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($933 per person)

 
Affordable apartments April 7, East 89th St 1
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3rd Ave & East 89th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,595/month ($1198 per person)

Tree-lined block a stroll away from Central Park, anyone? Yeah, we like the sound of that, too. This pre-war building has been newly-renovated, and while the kitchen looks a bit teeny-tiny it does have brand new stainless steel fittings including a dishwasher. In any case, the bathroom looks so squeaky-clean you could eat your dinner off it (maybe not such a great idea, that). You'll likely have to negotiate with your roomies over who gets the non-awkwardly shaped bedroom—a couple of the rooms are, ah, interestingly proportioned with a small window, while the third is gigantoid. Still, polished hardwood floors and nice white exposed brickwork go a long way in this apartment.

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Affordable apartments April 7, East 89th St 2
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3rd Ave & East 89th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,595/month ($1198 per person)

Affordable apartments April 7, East 89th St 3
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3rd Ave & East 89th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,595/month ($1198 per person)

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Affordable apartments April 7, Mulberry St 1
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Mulberry St

Two-bedroom in Chinatown, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

Wanna be in the heart of like, everything? This tidy spot in Chinatown is near SoHo, Little Italy, Tribeca, the L.E.S.—and five zillion subway stations. It looks nice and sunny to us, too, with hardwood floors in the living room and bedrooms, plus ceiling fans (a Manhattan summer essential). The kitchen, we're told, has "full size appliances" (rather than those dolls' house appliances?) but since you're steps away from some of Manhattan's foodiest nabes, you may not want to be cooking much anyway.

Affordable apartments April 7, Mulberry St 2
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Mulberry St

Two-bedroom in Chinatown, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

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Affordable apartments April 7, Mulberry St 3
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Mulberry St

Two-bedroom in Chinatown, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

Affordable apartments April 7, E 9th St 1
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E 9th St #3

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,795/month ($1,265 per person)

This East Village apartment looks like it really does have great natural light thanks to its huge windows and high ceilings. Also worthy of your excitement: two Queen size bedrooms, AC and ceiling fans. The only snag is that if you want to share the apartment three ways, you'll have to convert one of those bedrooms (easily done, say the realtors). Still, this walkup apartment takes up the entirety of this building's second floor, so there's still plenty of space—plus you're just a block away from Tompkins Square Park.

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Affordable apartments April 7, E 9th St 2
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E 9th St #3

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,795/month ($1,265 per person)

Affordable apartments April 7, E 9th St 3
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E 9th St #3

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,795/month ($1,265 per person)

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Affordable apartments April 7, 162 Russell St 1
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162 Russell St #3

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,300 per month ( $1,150 per person)

The archetypal Greenpoint pad, this railroad apartment is located on a quiet block right by McGolrick Park, and just a stroll from McCarren Park. There's tons of natural light, and privacy fans don't need to worry about that railroad arrangement as there are separate entrances for roommates. The kitchen is super spacious and the bathroom has a tub, so you can take long, delicious soaks in whatever artisanal herbal concoction your free-spirited heart desires.

Affordable apartments April 7, 162 Russell St 2
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162 Russell St #3

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,300 per month ( $1,150 per person)

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Affordable apartments April 7, 162 Russell St 3
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162 Russell St #3

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,300 per month ( $1,150 per person)

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