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The 5 best affordable New York apartments (Week of May 26)

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. All renters panic about not 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 they 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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10 Locust St #3

Three-bedroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn, $2,995/month ($998 per person)

Forget old NYC charm. This modern apartment boasts contemporary trimmings to sing about, like granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and built-in overhead lighting. We're still deciding whether we love the tile paneling on the living room floor or would have the urge to cover it with a throw rug, but there's no question that we're pining for the rest of the amenities—central air, walk-in closets, on-site laundry, and a shared roof deck and garden, to name a few. We'll take it.

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10 Locust St #3

Three-bedroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn, $2,995/month ($998 per person)

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10 Locust St #3

Three-bedroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn, $2,995/month ($998 per person)

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Third Ave and E 13th St

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,900/month ($1,300 per person)

Gorgeous hardwood floors and updated fixtures give this pad a grown-up vibe (even if you are sharing with two random NYU students you met on Craiglsist). Other perks of the sun-filled digs include ample closet space, a tiled bathroom that you won't be embarrassed to let guests use, and, best of all, the location. While friends are scrambling to find an Uber pool match after a night of downtown bar hopping, all you'll have to worry about is remembering which street to stumble down.

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Third Ave and E 13th St

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,900/month ($1,300 per person)

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Third Ave and E 13th St

Three-bedroom in the East Village, $3,900/month ($1,300 per person)

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487 Park Pl #3

Four-bedroom in Prospect Heights, $4,200 ($1,050 per person)

While you've likely grown used to being thisclose to everyone you live with, you'll actually have room to breathe in this renovated abode, thanks to 1,400 square feet of living space in an airy, open layout. Fancy Italian tiling, stainless-steel appliances and two separate entrances add to the home's swoon factor, as does a little something to help set the mood: dimmers for the overhead lights.

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487 Park Pl #3

Four-bedroom in Prospect Heights, $4,200 ($1,050 per person)

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487 Park Pl #3

Four-bedroom in Prospect Heights, $4,200 ($1,050 per person)

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W 131st St #11

Four-bedroom in West Harlem, $4,000/month ($1,000 per person)

You want immaculate? You got it. This Harlem sweet spot offers exposed brick, gleaming hardwood floors, great light and dazzling white walls. Looks to us like the kitchen is still being fitted, but if the newly tiled bathroom is anything to go by, it should be sleek and clean enough to eat your dinner off. Which is handy.

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W 131st St #11

Four-bedroom in West Harlem, $4,000/month ($1,000 per person)

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W 131st St #11

Four-bedroom in West Harlem, $4,000/month ($1,000 per person)

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Sixth Ave and 2nd St

Three-bedroom in Park Slope, $3,350/month ($1,117 per person)

If you're looking for Brooklyn charm, you may have found your new place here. This pretty prewar building in Park Slope even has its own shared garden! The apartment itself isn't lacking in mod-cons and features the most gigantic fridge we've ever seen, plus a dishwasher. Do go check it out for yourself, though—some of the rooms here are, ahem, intriguingly shaped, and the bars on the windows suggest this is a basement apartment. Still, a garden space in Park Slope in the summer time? We're tempted…

Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Ideal Properties

Sixth Ave and 2nd St

Three-bedroom in Park Slope, $3,350/month ($1,117 per person)

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Photograph: Courtesy Zumper/Ideal Properties

Sixth Ave and 2nd St

Three-bedroom in Park Slope, $3,350/month ($1,117 per person)

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