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Your Questions About Affordable Apartments In Staten Island

January 22, 2013

Steven asks…

Where is the most affordable place to live In New york city?

New York seems really costly and i was just wondering because people say it’s not the best place to start off as a student.

Administrator answers:

A nice area of which you speak about in your budget for rent is in Staten Island which is mostly “American” and quite a safe neighborhood is New Dorp in Staten Island which is fairly convenient to get to manhattan by express bus or a longer local bus ride and a ferry ride to Manhattan. Also eastern Queens which is a mixed area but still with a lot of “Americans” along with mostly decent people who want to live peacefully since they pay a lot of money to live there.
You can try to find an apartment for rent in areas of Queens such as Bayside, Little Neck, Fresh Meadows, Bellerose (Kew Gardens & Forest Hills will be a little more expensive but still doable)
Bayside Fresh Meadows Little Neck Douglaston and Bellerose are very suburban type settings in NYC and they have a good bus system to take you to the subways to get to Manhattan very quickly and cheaply Those are not neighborhoods with one dominant immigrant group where you will feel like you live in a foreign country but those are places where many different types of people feel comfortable to live in due to the low crime and the peaceable and clean areas and suburban type atmosphere.

Mary asks…

What is the least expensive neighborhood to live in while living in New York City and which should I avoid?

I am looking at neighborhoods to live in once I move to NYC and I also want to know which I should avoid. I will be living there for 4-6 years while I am in drama school and while I get started in my acting career.

Administrator answers:

There are lots of options if you can commute. Options abound in all boroughs. I don’t know Staten Island very well though. Living cheaply in NYC can be done, you just need to get rid of any images in your head about what “new york living” is like. As long as you can compromise with some things (size of apartment, amenities, length of commute, types of neighborhoods, etc) you’ll get by. You probably want to consider a roommate. If you live in the city, you won’t be able to avoid – noise, subways, traffic.

In no particular order (these all range in affordability:

Queens:Astoria, Long Island City, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park

Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights (pricy, but some bargains exist), Park Slope (DITTO)

New Jersey: Hoboken, Jersey City (I, personally, don’t love Jersey, but…)


Upper Upper West Side Manahattan: Harlem is perfectly safe, has lots of rentals and can be lots of fun (up to 140s on the west side) don’t listen to the non-native new yorkers, Harlem oftentimes just gets a a bad rap.

Lower East Side (LES) has some affordable rentals, but it is getting pricier by the minute.

Stuy Town / Peter Cooper: (1st Ave from 14th St to 20th St) Also getting pricier and pricier


William asks…

Where can you find reasonable/affordable apartments and is it difficult to find??Is the bus system efficient?

What are the price ranges for the apartments?? Which are safe areas and which areas one should look out for?? Do the buses get very crowded at times and can you get to most places effectively just by buses? Are the subways crowded often too??

Administrator answers:

The closer you are to Manhattan the more you will pay for an apartment. If you are willing to live further away, you can pay less. What’s expensive….if you were to live in the heart of mid-town manhattan in a primo building, you could pay $5000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment…maybe more. If you live far out in Queens, Brooklyn or Staten Island, then a one bedroom apartment could be $1000.

What are the safe areas…you should be able to tell as soon as you are shown an apartment. Are the streets clean? Are the homes neat and tidy? Are there kids playing near by? Are shady characters lurking? These are all signs. Also, find out the police precient your apartment is in and then go to NYC.GOV. The sight give compartive crime statistics.

Most New Yorkers take the subway when available. Its very quick. In general, buses are used more often where no subway line is available. Some folks are “bus people” and will take the bus rather than the subway. Buses are also better suited for folks with limited mobility as most every bus is handicapped accessible.

Do subways and buses get crowded? Of course. The more popular routes into Manhattan, during rush hour are going to be very crowded. You can avoid the worst crowds by avoiding rush hours. Also, the Transportation Authority tends to do alot of subway maintence on the weekends…so subways can get crowded due to re-routings on the weekends.

Daniel asks…

Where is the best place to live in New York?

23 years old
working up to being a tv reporter
safe area
affordable pads/condo

Administrator answers:

Avoid Manhattan at all cost, its too expensive to rent an apartment there. Try renting an apartment outside Manhattan, for example in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. I believe this web address could help you out.


Good luck and happy apartment hunting.

John asks…

Affordable Places To Stay Close To NYC?

I plan on traveling to New York City this month and I’m looking for an affordable safe and under $1000 a month place to stay while I’m there this winter. I would like to be close to the city. I hate elevators so anything where I don’t have to go in them is ideal. Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Try one of the suburbs of NYC. In a lot of areas, you have houses that (sometimes legally, sometimes illegally, so check) are divided into apartments, or have an apartment built-in to rent out. That way, you can just walk in, instead of going up an elevator. There are houses like this in parts of Staten Island (I know because I live there), as well as parts of Queens and Long Island (and I’m assuming Northern NJ & Westchester as well)

I hope this information was very helpful.

Donald asks…

Affordable 1 bedroom apartment in New York, any particular city?

Administrator answers:

Any city? Do you know how many cities are in the state of new york? Now, if you’re wanting a 1BR apt in nyc, any borough, that’s a different question. To be honest, there is no such thing as an affordable 1 BR apt in nyc. All the boroughs are expensive and overpriced for what you get. You’re not paying for a 1BR, you’re paying for location. For safety and affordability, I’d look into Brooklyn, but there are hidden gems in manhattan too. Staten Island is a bit farther from the city and has a ton of families. Jersey isn’t bad. A lot of young people live in hoboken and jersey city nowdays.

Carol asks…

where to live in new york?

i want to attend the Paul Michelle beauty school it Staten island,but i am having a hard time finding a place to live. i will be alone so a studio apartment will be fine. i just want something i can afford while going to school and working because i will be paying my way by getting a job. i am a small girl so i want something that is safe and where i wont be scared to get robbed every day. can someone please help me out?

Administrator answers:

Firstly, you should not be afraid of NYC, especially staten island, at all. It is a very safe city, and crime rate/murder rate has gone down so much. It is probably the safest major city out there.

Secondly, in Staten Island, prices should not concern you. It is a lot more affordable than the other boroughs. I recommend Emerson Hill, Todt Hill, Todtsville, And the South Shore. The North shore is ehh. I think the south shore is a lot prettier, and it is more suburban and lower crime rate. If you dont want to live on staten island, look into Brooklyn and Queens. In Queens, try Astoria, and in Brooklyn, try Williamsburg, or Park Slope.

Hope this helps!!!! :) And welcome to NYC!

Thomas asks…

Crowd Riots to get on section 8 housing list, thoughts?

From one of the attempted applicants:
“the complex is so desirable because it is affordable, clean and safe”

Give it 5 years and it will just be affordable

My issue with section 8, is that it is a cheap solution to a problem by pawning them off on the middle class. The rich gladly pay more money to live away from these people, so does or did the middle class. The whole idea of paying more to live in an area is in fact to live near better people or resources and away from violence and people who don’t respect property rights.

What section 8 does is strain the middle class by trying to merge these groups together and only allowing the super rich to live in nicer areas without intrusion. So the middle class is not only subsiding them through taxes (property and income), but now have to suffer strains on community resources and ill behaviors.

There are many examples of communities that severely deteriorate due to section 8

“Dubuque, Iowa, is struggling with an influx of Section 8 recipients from Chicago housing projects. Section 8 concentrations account for 11 of 13 local violent crime hot spots, according to a study by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies. Though Section 8 residents account for only 5% of the local population, a 2010 report released by the city government found that more than 20% of arrestees resided at Section 8 addresses.”

Being poor does not equate to low class by definition there is more to class than income, there are cultures that make up the low/middle/high classes.

“With significant proportions of those who live in poverty—as well as those who draw six-figure incomes—claiming the same middle-class designation, it ought to be obvious that they share common values that count as more important than economic circumstances. Many families struggling at the edge of survival (including, no doubt, many immigrant families) feel proud of practicing middle-class virtues, and feel confident those virtues will bring their ultimate financial reality more in line with their cultural aspirations. Many other Americans (like the famous “Millionaires Next Door” celebrated in a series of bestselling books) may have earned enough to leave bourgeois life behind, but still they still choose to toil away at the daily grind, spending sparingly, attending church, saving for the future and otherwise honoring their middle class roots.
Those roots feature a range of behaviors and characteristics—frugality, hard work, faith, marriage, personal accountability, respect for authority—more commonly associated with the conservative side of the political spectrum. In fact, those values have historically drawn contempt both from academic and media elites as well as the urban poor, who mock that segment for its timidity, materialism, and conformity. The suburbs—natural habitat for the middle-class species—regularly draw contempt in pop culture, derided by urban activists as greedy, bland, and soulless while New Class sophisticates shun a universe of SUVs, soccer leagues, and second mortgages. No one can mistake the way that Manhattan, exclusive enclave of the very rich and the very poor, looks down on the middle-class neighborhoods of Queens or Staten Island.”

What this demonstrates is that the issue is inherent to the individuals mindset and brain chemistry, and less dependent on environment as they create their own. People of lower income are capable of forming productive, stable, and respectful communities, and when they do so they self identify as middle class. Unfortunately this group that suffers a lot from section 8′s inability to examine the culture of the people they move around.

Essentially, I find this to be a cheap solution, based on strange notions that it is the environment that makes people as compared to the people that make the environment


Administrator answers:

Section eights, don’t care if they ruin your house
its not their property

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