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The 5 best affordable New York apartments (week of December 23)

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

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Caliber Associates

W 34th St #GM31

Two-bedroom in Koreatown, $2,900/month ($1,450 per person)

This week’s first apartment is also the week’s most expensive, but dang, this is a nice place (if you like large, clean, airy apartments and other such fripperies, of course). As well as space, your money gets you onsite laundry and a gym in the building. One small issue: We’re having trouble entirely trusting the pictures, since those jars in the kitchen in the third photo look like they’ve been Photoshopped in. And you can’t trust people who lie about jars, you guys.

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Caliber Associates

W 34th St #GM31

Two-bedroom in Koreatown, $2,900/month ($1,450 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Caliber Associates

W 34th St #GM31

Two-bedroom in Koreatown, $2,900/month ($1,450 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Ideal Properties

57 Cumberland St

Two-bedroom in Fort Greene for $1,700/month ($850 per person)

At the more reasonably priced end of the scale, we have a two-bed in Fort Greene. It looks to be a nice size, and the exposed brickwork is lovely, but as you’d expect from the price, it’s a hike to the nearest subway and there’s a highway between you and the rest of the neighborhood. It could be ideal for those with bicycles (or those who work in Brooklyn Navy Yard).

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Ideal Properties

57 Cumberland St

Two-bedroom in Fort Greene for $1,700/month ($850 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Ideal Properties

57 Cumberland St

Two-bedroom in Fort Greene for $1,700/month ($850 per person)

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512 E 80th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,200/month ($1,067 per person)

Half a block from the East River, this three-bed doesn’t have much in the way of amenities (you can tell by the way it lists “ceiling fan” as a selling point), but it’s a decent size and looks to be in good shape. It’s also a stone’s throw from Gracie Mansion, which, to be clear, you absolutely should not be throwing stones at.

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512 E 80th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,200/month ($1,067 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

512 E 80th St

Three-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $3,200/month ($1,067 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron

108 Kent St #2

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($1,400 per person)

This is the second most expensive pad on this week’s list, but we included it because just staring at all that clean, sunny space makes us feel a brief sense of calm in a season that is otherwise slowly spiraling us into madness. Located half a block from the Greenpoint Ave G train, its listing describes it as an “immaculately maintained prewar gem,” a phrase which can be translated in the New York real estate agent to English dictionary.

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron

108 Kent St #2

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($1,400 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Miron

108 Kent St #2

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,800/month ($1,400 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Galeria

169 E 7th St #5S

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,750/month ($1,250 per person)

This three-bed just off St. Marks is hanging onto its 60s cool…or at least its listing is, since it claims to be near “hip cafes and happening bars.” Far out! Newly renovated and with laundry in the unit, it’s actually a pretty great deal for Manhattan. Which is, y’know, a terrible deal anywhere else on the planet, but what are you gonna do?

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169 E 7th St #5S

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,750/month ($1,250 per person)

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169 E 7th St #5S

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,750/month ($1,250 per person)

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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