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NYC for under $1,900 a month

Because you don’t need unlimited funds to live the good life

There are people who love to visit New York City, but would never want to live there.

And there are others who think living a good life in New York requires a ton of money.

To the first, we say, “Gotcha. It’s not for everyone.”

To the second, we say, “Bah! Sure, life with a lot of money would be great, but it absolutely is possible to live a good life in New York (or anywhere) on limited funds.”

And to prove it, we asked our buddy Bradley Cockrell at the Price Goff Team (a Douglas Elliman firm in Greenwich Village), where a girl can rent a place for under $1,900.

Even we were surprised by how many cool digs he found, and in some pretty amazing neighborhoods, too!

Lenox Hill:

401 East 62nd Street

Square Footage: 450*

Highlights: This is a super cute studio with a separate kitchen, making it feel more like a one bedroom.

Price: $1850

Upper East Side (Upper-Upper East Side)

319 East 88 Street

Square footage: 600*

Highlights: Charming one bedroom with exposed brick, which people can’t get enough of it seems! Bedroom does not get tons of light but the living room has great exposure.

Price: $1875

419 East 72nd 

Square footage: 600*

Highlights: Large, and well proportioned bedroom, where a king bed could easily fit.  Decent upgrades to the kitchen. And it’s only a 2nd floor walk up.

Price: $1850

Upper West Side

56 West 84th Street

Square footage: 450*

Highlights: Gorgeous brownstone building, tree-lined street, and quiet, but still lively neighborhood. Studio with a lofted sleeping area. And the living room has a gorgeous arched window facing the street.

Price: $1895

Lower East Side:

156 Orchard Street

Square footage: 350*

Highlights: Location! Cool, indie-hip neighborhood with tons of bars, great cafes and restaurants.  Cool “downtown” vibe adds to the neighborhood’s appeal.

Price: $1875

Chelsea or West Village: You’re out of luck if you’re in this price range. Sharing the cost with roommates is your only option if you want to stay within budget.

Greenpoint, BK

Square footage:  600*

Highlight: exposed brick, super charming area, boutiques, cafes, and a low-key and relaxed vibe. The apartment also has quite a bit of light in the bedroom.

Price: $1800

Bradley’s Tips for renting in New York for under $1,900:

–       The Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods are the best bet for those looking for decent square footage with a tight budget in New York.

–       Sharing the cost with roommates is another great option if you’re willing. You’ll share not only the cost of rent, but split utilities, allowing you to expand your search and hopefully catch a deal in your dream neighborhood.

–       Moving out of Manhattan is also an option. While Williamsburg rents are sky high, its northern neighbor, Greenpoint, is equally charming, full of cafes, boasts some of the best views of the New York skyline, and still has properties in the $1,800 price point…for now.

*Posted square footage numbers are estimates provided by each representing broker and may differ from the actual square footage of the property.

**Rentals units featured may have already been acquired.

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Elizabeth Salaam
Along with her work as Senior Contributing Writer for Girl's Guide, Elizabeth Salaam writes for the San Diego Reader. Her work has also been published in Elle Magazine. | Most inspired by: Contradictions. | Favorite room in my home: The Master suite. The windows have views for days! | Best design idea I may never do: Adorn my enclosed toilet room with library book wallpaper and a chandelier. | Will never: Bungee jump. | Have always been: Rebellious. | Dying to: Live in a Paris flat with herringbone wood floors.
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