When moving in NYC, knowing where to start is half the battle.
An excerpt from our free downloadable eBook The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Guide for New York City describes some affordably popular New York City neighborhoods to help you on your search for the perfect place:
Most Affordably Popular NYC Neighborhoods
While this isn’t an all-inclusive list of amazing New York neighborhoods (it would be impossible to list them all here!), this is a compilation of popular neighborhoods based upon affordability and value. Do not consider these the only good neighborhoods in New York, as New Yorkers could give you a million reasons as to why their area is amazing. Just think of this as a starting point – because, let’s be honest, in a city of 5 boroughs, 59 community districts and hundreds of neighborhoods, the initial undertaking can be a bit overwhelming.
Median Rent (1BR): $2,100/Month
What’s Happening in Sunnyside? A 10-15 minute subway ride away from the lights of Times Square, Sunnyside is a small neighborhood that is easily livable for both mass transit riders and car drivers alike. Sunnyside has delicious cuisine and with LaGuardia Community College right around the corner, has a younger vibe than some of its neighboring areas.
Median Rent (1BR): $2,250/Month
What’s happening in Prospect Heights? With lush tree-lined streets and classic 1890’s brownstones, Prospect Heights is a Brooklyn epi-center of culture and old-world class. Nestled next to Prospect Park, Prospect Heights offers pre-war architecture right alongside new-age buildings, giving this small Brooklyn neighborhood a multi-dimensional vibe.
Lower East Side
Median Rent (1BR): $2,500/Month
What’s Happening on the Lower East Side? With a strategic proximity to some on Manhattan’s most sought-after locations (Chinatown, the East Village, the East River and NoLita), the LES is a thriving neighborhood that offers substantial value for its much-desired locale. With a loud art scene, amazing restaurants, great live music and an engaging nightlife, the Lower East Side is perfect for singles. But it’s not all about the party scene – there is a large community of families here, as the LES is home to very family-friendly cooperative buildings and high valued schools.
Median Rent (1BR): $1,600/Month
What’s Happening in Bay Ridge? If amazing waterfront views are your style, Bay Ridge might be right up your alley. With breathtaking views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the bay and harbor, Bay Ridge surely delivers in the realm of beautiful scenery. This is a family-centric neighborhood where it’s not unlikely to find residents who have lived in the area for generations.
Long Island City
Median Rent (1BR): $2,800
What’s Happening in Long Island City? An up and coming neighborhood that is finding its footing away from the gritty, industrial area that it once was in to an artistic, restaurant saturated cultural hub, Long Island City boasts an easy downtown commute with beautiful Manhattan views.
Borough: Staten Island
Median Rent (1BR): $2,874/Month
What’s Happening in St. George? Perfectly situated between the hustle of Manhattan and the calming nature of Staten Island, St. George offers waterfront views and tree-lined streets. With summer waterfront festivals, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark and the National Lighthouse Museum, St. George’s quick commute, breathtaking views and family vibe make it a perfect home for those looking for a quiet, community-oriented neighborhood.
Borough: The Bronx
Median Rent (1BR): $1,950/Month
What’s Happening in Riverdale? Nestled between Manhattan, the Hudson River and 1,100-acre Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale is the perfect place for city-lovers who are seeking open air and suburban comfort. With winding European-style streets old-world architecture, it’s a wonder than Riverdale is such a 25-minute Metro-North ride away from Manhattan. And another plus? It has Manhattan-worthy cuisine at Bronx prices.
Median Rent (1BR): $1,950/Month
What’s Happening in Astoria? Most known for its ethnic food culture and upbeat nightlife, Astoria is a neighborhood that is bustling with local pride and family-owned businesses. With easy access to mass transit and ample parkland (Astoria Park is home to New York’s largest public swimming pool), everything you could possibly need is right in this little pocket of NYC.
Median Rent (1BR): $2,882/Month
What’s Happening in Greenpoint? Sometimes called a less expensive Williamsburg, Greenpoint is an up and coming water front neighborhood that boasts authentic Polish food, dog rescues, McCarren Park, young artists, families, industrial buildings-turned-residential and a cozy vibe. A neighborhood that boasts amazing water-front views and local shops, it’s no surprise that Greenpoint residents so easily fall in love with it.
Median Rent (1BR): $3,200/Month
What’s Happening in Murray Hill? A lively yet manageable neighborhood in midtown Manhattan, Murray Hill continues to increase in value. With its close proximity to Grand Central Station, Murray Hill grants easy commuting for those working in Midtown. Quietly tucked away, Murray Hill residents can land affordable, spacious apartments in an area that allows for quiet mornings and a fun bar scene.
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