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September 22, 2012

Lisa asks…

Discounted apartment prices in an expensive complex?

I am moving to NYC at the end of the summer with my wife and I am trying to find an apartment. I have heard around of apartment complexes selling some of their apartments for a cheaper price than what they offered to other tenants based on salary and some other things. I think it’s the owner trying to diversify demographics. How do you suggest I find a place that does this/have you heard of what I am talking about? I think they like to keep it somewhat low key in fear of a tenant finding out that they paid more than what you did for the same place. Thanks so much!!

Administrator answers:

Those programs are through HUD, contact the Housing Authority to see which, if any, you qualify for. You can not apply before you are a legal resident of NYC. There is a very long waiting list, expect to wait at least 5 years.

Nancy asks…

NYC, Brooklyn, Queens rooms for less than 600$/month?

Hey guys!

I want to know which areas in NYC, Brooklyn and Queens are cheap to live in (approximately 1bdrm for 1000$-1200$/month or a room for less than 600$/month) BUT SAFE.
I currently live on Ave U in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay) and I pay 900$/month for 1 bedroom and the area is very safe. I am going to move out in 2 months so I need to find a room.

Can anyone please let me know which areas are safe and cheap to live in, and with walking distance to a subway stop no more than 15min.

If you could just put:
1. The area you live in.
2. How much you pay for the room/apartment (not if you lived there over 3 years, because the current prices for your apartment would be higher than you pay).
3. Whether neighborhood is safe or not really.
4. And who live in the neighborhood (ethnicities).

Thank you everybody!

Administrator answers:

I grew up in Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach – I can’t BELIEVE you’re paying that much in rent! I am currently paying $622 for a room in a two bedroom apartment on Avenue Z and Bedford, with all utilities and Internet/cable included … You can stay in your area and look around. You have a couple months still, and there will be much more available in the summer months, in comparison to now, at the beginning of the summer.

Brighton Beach is also cheap, as long as you’re not looking for something on the water. The area is similar to Sheepshead Bay – lots of Russians and very safe. Look past Brighton Beach Ave., up Coney Island a little. I lived on Brighton 11th for some time, but I was a girl, so I’m not sure how much my mother was paying – it’s still not expensive, I have some friends living there who are only paying $800 for rooms.

Also, you can look into areas like Midwood and Sunset Park. I was looking in both areas when I moved back to Brooklyn after I graduated, and its not so bad in either area. Midwood is close to Brooklyn College, and as long as you stay on the side of Bedford towards the college, it’s safe – just don’t venture into Flatbush. There are lots of huge houses, Hasidic Jews and large, locked buildings and condos. It’s close to a couple train stops, too. You can find a studio on Ave. J and Ocean Ave. In Midwood for less than $900 a month – a few of my fellow graduate students are living in these buildings for that much. Sunset Park is relatively safe, as well, particularly after 7th Ave. And 59th/58th Streets. A friend is sharing half of a house with two roommates and they each pay $600, everything included.

Go onto craigslist.com, and type these areas in, and the minimum rent you would like to pay – it usually comes up with accurate results. I found my current roommate on craigslist, and we get along great – it’s not always as unsafe as everyone says. Good luck with everything – any questions, you can email me if you’d like, I’m very familiar with Brooklyn in general!

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