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The 5 best affordable New York apartments (Week of May 12)

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

By Leah Faye Cooper
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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 May 12, Williamsburg
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Town Properties

759 Grand St #1

Two-bedroom in Williamsburg, $3,150/month ($1,575 per person)

Move to this 1,000-square-foot space and you and your roomie can spend QT in the sunny open living room and enjoy that rare NYC phenomenon known as personal space. You may have to stretch your budget for this two-bathroom pad (yes, there are two full bathrooms) but do you see those hardwood floors? And those shiny stainless-steel appliances? Add to that the exposed-brick wall and dishwasher and suddenly, the place is a steal.

Affordable apartments May 12, Williamsburg
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Town Properties

759 Grand St #1

Two-bedroom in Williamsburg, $3,150/month ($1,575 per person)

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Affordable apartments May 12, W Harlem
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St. Nicholas Terrace

Three-bedroom in West Harlem, $2,990/month ($996 per person)

A rental costing under $1K a month each might seem pretty suspicious in this city, conjuring images of a bathtub planted in the kitchen or a windowless walk-in closet being paraded as a master bedroom. But this apartment seems legit (hooray!). Located in a prewar elevator building with on-site laundry and a live-in super, the pad boasts recessed lighting, a tiled bathroom and new kitchen finishes. In other words, you should inquire about it, stat.

Affordable apartments May 12, W Harlem
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St. Nicholas Terrace

Three-bedroom in West Harlem, $2,990/month ($996 per person)

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Affordable apartments May 12, W Harlem
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St. Nicholas Terrace

Three-bedroom in West Harlem, $2,990/month ($996 per person)

Affordable apartments May 12, UES
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Third Ave and E 85th St

Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,400/month ($1,200 per person)

The bedrooms in this renovated one-bathroom don't look massive, but they'll do given the recent renovations, which include an updated bathroom and modern kitchen appliances. It appears to get plenty of natural sunlight, too, with even more to be had on a sliver of outdoor space. We can't tell if said sliver is shared (and it looks like it might be in an alley) but it's big enough for a bbq, so it's good enough for us.

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Affordable apartments May 12, UES
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Bond

Third Ave and E 85th St

Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,400/month ($1,200 per person)

Affordable apartments May 12, UES
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Bond

Third Ave and E 85th St

Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,400/month ($1,200 per person)

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Affordable apartments May 12, Central Harlem
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319 W 134th St #4W

Two-bedroom in Central Harlem, $2,300/month ($1,150 per person)

Located on the third floor of a five-story walk-up, this two-bathroom features king-sized bedrooms, granite countertops and loads of closet space. We're guessing you can veto the floral wall paper in the living room if it isn't your style, but there's a breakfast nook in the kitchen that we'd inquire about keeping. The best part of the digs? A shared courtyard exclusive to building residents.

Affordable apartments May 12, Central Harlem
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

319 W 134th St #4W

Two-bedroom in Central Harlem, $2,300/month ($1,150 per person)

 
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Affordable apartments May 12, Central Harlem
Photograph: Courtesy Zumper

319 W 134th St #4W

Two-bedroom in Central Harlem, $2,300/month ($1,150 per person)

 
Affordable apartments May 12, Bed-Stuy
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1171 Bedford Ave #3F

Studio in Bed-Stuy, $1,300/month

What's better than finding amazing roommates? Not having to find one at all. Such will be the case for the lucky person who snaps up this exposed-brick studio, which has a galley kitchen separate from the living area and a fully renovated bathroom. We're not sure which is more enticing, the three oversized windows, or being able to bring new friends home from Voudou Bar without being judged waking anybody up.

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