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The 5 best affordable New York apartments (Week of June 30)

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

By Carolyn Stanley
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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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239 Banker St #1L

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

If you're young and agile enough not to mind climbing into a lofted bed every night, you'll be right at home in this North Brooklyn abode. The spot features an eat-in kitchen and urban-chic details like whitewashed brick and exposed beams, plus rooftop access, an elevator and laundry on every floor. Proximity to McCarren Park and the neighborhood's myriad food and drink options are just icing on the cake.

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239 Banker St #1L

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

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239 Banker St #1L

Two-bedroom in Greenpoint, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

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30-82 43rd St #1stFL

Three-bedroom in Astoria, $2,700/month ($900 per person)

Live like the Astorians do in this centrally located flat, a stone's throw from some of the nabe's best eats (Queens Kickshaw, Butcher Bar, Sweet Afton). Inside the space—on the first floor of a cuter-than-cute townhouse on a quiet street—you'll find parquet floors and a good-sized kitchen with quartz countertops, tile detail and stainless steel appliances. Oh, and did we mention you're a cool 20 minutes from midtown? Not too shabby.

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30-82 43rd St #1stFL

Three-bedroom in Astoria, $2,700/month ($900 per person)

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30-82 43rd St #1stFL

Three-bedroom in Astoria, $2,700/month ($900 per person)

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342 E 22nd St #2A

Three-bedroom in Gramercy, $3,595/month ($1,198 per person)

While you may never have a key to Gramercy Park, you can at least live close enough to walk by it daily and make uncomfortable eye contact with people through the fence. And under $1,200 a pop ain't a bad deal for the area, either, especially for a place that appears to be fully furnished with beds, linens, a TV and a fully-stocked kitchen. We just hope you like primary colors (because whoever chose the paint scheme sure seems to).

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342 E 22nd St #2A

Three-bedroom in Gramercy, $3,595/month ($1,198 per person)

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342 E 22nd St #2A

Three-bedroom in Gramercy, $3,595/month ($1,198 per person)

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227 E 89th St

Four-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $4,700/month ($1,175 per person)

What's this? A rare sighting of the elusive duplex—a.k.a. the unicorn of NYC apartments. Located inside a charming walk-up, the renovated four-bedroom-flex, two-and-a-half-bathroom dwelling includes an in-unit washer-dryer, a dishwasher, a wine fridge (!) and a video-intercom system, which will allow you to be extra-selective about who sets foot in your newfound bi-level oasis. Oh, and heat and hot water are included. Seriously, why are you still reading?

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227 E 89th St

Four-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $4,700/month ($1,175 per person)

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227 E 89th St

Four-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $4,700/month ($1,175 per person)

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1st Ave & East 106th St

Three bedroom in East Harlem, $2,400/month ($800 per person)

Live the sweet life in Harlem for practically suburban rates. This renovated pad boasts hardwood floors, exposed brick, roomy closets, updated appliances and loads of natural light, plus you're just a 15-minute stroll away from prime park space via the Ward's Island Bridge (think of the picnics!). But the biggest perk of all is the laughs you'll get knowing your friends downtown are shelling out twice as much.

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1st Ave & East 106th St

Three bedroom in East Harlem, $2,400/month ($800 per person)

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1st Ave & East 106th St

Three bedroom in East Harlem, $2,400/month ($800 per person)

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