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.
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Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,450/month ($1,225 per person)
This Upper East Side apartment is so sunny, you’ll probably get a tan just by standing in the living room. With high ceilings and lots of windows, the light, clean and airy vibe is definitely the selling point for this two-bedroom. Less enticing? The “full-service” oak kitchen that looks like it’s big enough to “fully serve” a couple of eggs. And you’re going to need all the energy you can get to make it to that lone neighborhood subway stop and back every day. Luckily, you’re close enough to Museum Mile to have plenty to do without needing to set foot on a train.
Three-bedroom in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; $3,508/month ($1,169 per person)
This Clinton Hill apartment has a jaw-dropping kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, huge amounts of closet space and impressively large bedrooms. Or at least we think it’s an apartment. It’s hard to tell whether or not this one’s a real-estate listing or a personal ad. “Is understated sexy your style?” it asks. “Many people don’t like prewar apartments because it’s on the older side.… This apartment is for those who love the generous size of prewar apartments.” Meet us at Cipriani at 8pm, prewar apartment. We’ll be the one with the single red rose and proof of employment.
Three-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen, $3,750/month ($1,250 per person)
Wearing white in a kitchen is usually a bad idea, but damn if it doesn’t look good on a below market value three-bedroom on West 51st Street. You’ll be feeling spic and span while you’re cookin’ in Hell’s Kitchen with this all-white stunner. Stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops grace the common area, while the bathroom boasts elegant tiles and a window to let some light in. Don’t even get us started on the impressive amount of closet space; you could store a lot of pans on those shelves. Just don’t throw them down at any of the drunk partiers on Ninth Avenue.
Three-bedroom on the Lower East Side, $3,595/month ($1,198 per person)
The cabinets at this downtown three-bedroom are not your run-of-the-mill, good-guy cabinets. They’re “meet me in an alley at midnight with a bottle of bourbon and let’s see where the night takes us” cabinets. Whatever you say, dark and mysterious wood finish. Even more dangerous? The absolutely fine marble on display in the bathroom. What is this, a Lana Del Rey video? On top of the luxurious building materials, this downtown pad offers closet space with plenty of room for furniture in every bedroom. You may not have to fight over storage space, but you’ll definitely be fighting about getting into that shower every morning.
Three-bedroom in East Harlem, $3,395/month ($1,132 per person)
Slide down a spiral staircase and into your new life as a baller at this newly renovated three-bedroom in East Harlem. Just hope you brought your laundry with you, because this unit has a washer and dryer inside the apartment. And that’s not even the best thing about this uptown girl. A private roof deck on top of the apartment looks out over the city and the East River, just one block away. You know what that means: Lido Deck–themed cruise-ship parties. Or at least a nice place to watch the sunrise.