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Your Questions About Cheap 2 Bedroom Apartments In Staten Island

January 19, 2013

Chris asks…

Whata reas in Brooklyn are good for my family?

We are a family of 4 people 2 parents 2 teenagers. We would like an apartment for about and at maximum 1300$ rent for a 3 bedroom apartment, and somewhere with good schools. Being close to Manhattan is prefered, but not nessisary. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

A 3-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn in an area with good schools for $1,300 a month is going to be extremely hard, if not impossible to find (hell, even in an area with crappy schools, it’ll be hard to find). You might want to check out Staten Island, though it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get an apartment that cheap.

My family used to live 5 to a 1-bedroom apartment, so you could try downsizing to at least a 2-bedroom, but you’d have to look further out in the outer boroughs.

I hope this information was very helpful.

Charles asks…

average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in brooklyn?

also for the bronx and statin island. and friend and i are moving there after college and want to know which one is the cheapest

Administrator answers:

Some of you are on crack. $500/month? $650/month?

First off, there is no average. There are areas in Brooklyn where a 2 bedroom will cost you $2500/month and others that are $1200/month. Location makes all the difference. If you want to live in a dump in the projects, then you’ll spend less. If you’re not located near a subway or your 90 minutes from Manhattan in someone’s house basement, you’ll pay less.

The Bronx and Staten Island are both cheaper than Brooklyn, though a good chunk of the Bronx may seem rough to a transplant and Staten Island is a pain to commute if you’re planning on working or spending time in Manhattan.

Oddly enough, you left out the best option which is Queens. Most of the borough is closer to Manhattan than Brooklyn or Staten Island, it’s safer than the Bronx and less expensive than much of the more desirable parts of Brooklyn.

Keep in mind wherever you end up that rents don’t include utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, internet, etc.) and the cost of living is expensive in all the NYC boroughs.

Richard asks…

Is Staten Island expensive?

Looking for a 2 bedroom apartment/house. How much is that going to cost? Thanks! :)

Administrator answers:

It depends on the exact neighborhood, but Staten Island is generally on the cheaper side. I remember a listing for a 2-bedroom in a decent (not fantastic, but reasonably safe, walkable, etc) area for about $1,400 a month. If you rent an apartment from a private landlord, it might be a little cheaper (maybe $1,200 or so). And also, if you’re willing to go into an area that’s a little more sketchy (not super-dangerous or anything, but you should keep your wits about you), you may be able to find a cheaper rent.

I hope this information was very helpful.

Michael asks…

1967 cost of gasoline, bread, hourly wage,homes,auto’s?

Administrator answers:

In America

Gas: 24.5 to 29.9 per gallon
Bread 25 cents a loaf for cheap stuff. Wonder was probably 50 cents
Wage: $1.65 was minimum wage. A Doctor or lawyers made $50k and malpractise insurace was like $2,000 a year.
Homes, in Chicago $12,-25k. In Los Angeles $30 – 50k
New Toyota Corolla was $1800, Cadilac Broam was 9K Mustange GT was 8k, Mercedes SL was $25k new VW was $1200
Shasta Cola was 8 to 10 cents each.
A scoup of Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins was 35 cents
A scoup of Ice cream at Walgreens or Thriftys was 5 cents
HAmburger was 29 cents a pound
T Bone steak was $1.15 a pound.
McDonald’s Hamburger was 39 cents
White Castle Haumburger was 15 cents
Coffee was 10 cents a cup or $2 for THREE POUNDS
The Sunday Times was 25 cents
A pay phone call was 10 cents
Bus ride was a quarter including free transfer
Staten Island Ferry was 5 cents
Rent was $65 to $75 for an old dumpy 1 bedroom and $100 – $115 for a nice apartment with pool, dishwasher, AC
A movie was $1.50
Popcorm was 50 cents
A snickers bar was 5 cents
Gum balls were a penny
a dozen rubbers were 89 cents a box for Trojans
Cigarettes were 27 cents in stores adn 35 cents in machines
Zig Zags were a nickel.
An ounce of grass was $10 and a pound was $65.
Reds were 5 for a dollar and white criss crosses were 10 for a dollar
The Sound of Music had been running at ONE theater for 18 months straight and you had to pay $3 to $4 to get in to see it.
It cost $8.50 to see Linda Ronstadt at the Palamino in North Hollywood
It cost $8.50 to see Hair live in Hollywood at the Aquarius Theater
Student Standby at the Los Angeles Dorthoy Chandler Pavillion on weekends was $3.50 for most plays.
It cost $12.50 to fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Continental
I used to have a cheese burger with fries and a choclate shake for $1.89 at Thrifty Drug

Sharon asks…

Is public transport in New York safe for a 14 year old?

In 3 months my family and I are moving to New York, either Manhattan or Brooklyn. My husband got a job somewhere near central park (that’s all I know at this stage!).
I’ve asked and I was told getting an apartment suitable for my family (3-4 bedrooms, lots of space) would be very expensive, especially in Manhattan.
We’ve decided on apartment in either Manhattan or Brooklyn for reasons I won’t bore you with, so that’s final. Anyway, if we can’t get a place near enough to good schools and my husbands job we will need to use a lot of public transport.
Where we live now in South Australia we rarely use public transport and are unsure about it. Will my 14 year old son be safe traveling on his own? And is it very expensive?
BQ: nice, safe, family friendly area to live? Near good schools? On rent we’re willing to spend about $4000 a month at a complete maximum.
Thanks for any help :)

Administrator answers:

My friend, the last several posters give you answers not related to the question you asked. So, I going to jump in.

Although there been a small up tick in crime on the subway (metro) in recent month, the New York City Subway is the safest it has been in more than a decade. Thanks to better policing from the Transit Division of the NYPD.

However, with that said, common sense is key to safety on the subway.

I would inform him to keep his school bag close at all time when riding the subway, and also be aware of his surroundings.

In addition, do not display electronic devices while on the platform. This includes i-phones, which are popular among thieves, and i-pods.

Overall, as long as he knows where he’s going and how to get there from home. He should be fine.

In regards to price. The fare on the subway is $2.25 per person, per trip. However, students attending public and private schools in New York City get a free MetroCard every school year for use on the subway, which is a huge money saver.

Now, there are two version of the Student MetroCard. One is the full fare card, which means the student ride for free if they live more than a mile (1.6km) from their school, and a half-fare card, which is for students who live less than a mile from their school, which use mostly on buses.

On the other side of the token, if you or your husband is riding the subway everyday, there are discounted MetroCards for frequent commuters. You can purchase a 7-day or a 30-day unlimited ride MetroCard for use on the subway, local buses, the Staten Island Railway and the Roosevelt Island Tram.

The 7-day unlimited is the cheapest at $29 per person, while the 30-day unlimited ride MetroCard will set you back $104.

If you’re considering taking an express bus from Brooklyn to Manhattan, there is a 7-day unlimited ride MetroCard call the eXpress Pass MetroCard, which will cost you $49 per week.

All these discounted cards will be a huge money saver if you or your husband will frequently commuting to and from Manhattan.

In regards to the renting an apartment. If you’re looking for a 3-4 bedroom apartment, I would look outside of Manhattan. You can start with Brooklyn, however, you can try parts of Queens, including the Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside and Elmhurst sections of the boroughs.

I hope this information was very helpful. If you have any questions or need travel directions while in town, just drop me a line by clicking on the avatar and e-mail icon in the profile. I’ll be glad to help.

Good luck

Laura asks…

How do you live in New York City successfully?

I’m thinking about moving to New York City and would like to know how I could “make it” in NYC. Its not that I can’t, its just I wouldn’t know where to begin. Its SOOO expensive and I can’t understand how people would make enough money to live in an apartment. Your lucky if you can find a studio apartment in Manhattan for anything less than $2,000/mo. I’m just wondering for anyone in NYC how they make their money. Any job suggestions that are maybe above minimum wage that I could do until I get a “real” job?” And since minimum wage is $7.25 it is mathematically impossible to make enough money working one job. So would I have to work TWO JOBS (Dramatic music)?!?!?!?!?!? I’m honestly okay with that for now, but is that the only way? I just can’t imagine how so many people would be working multiple jobs? (Rich kid speaking) I have always dreamed of living in NYC and am willing to do the work to reap the benefits, I just want to know what the work entails. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

Administrator answers:

A) make sure your nice to people when you move here, dont listen to that rude new yorker stereotype. Set an example for others .smile and be polite and friendly. Dont become full of yourself

b) live in other cheaper areas outside manhattan (there are 4 other boroughs in nyc) and commute. In fact most new yorkers who work in manhattan commute from outside manhattan.

Find some nice neighborhoods with cheaper rent and get a roommate. Most young unmarried people here have roommates to lower the rent, so thats cheaper. And they live with total strangers too. Thats normal in new york to get a roommate who you dont know.

Try queens or brooklyn, theres nice areas there with very cheap rent compared to manhattan. Dont be fooled do, bargain hunt because they like to charge large amounts for closet sided apartments for out of towners. There are nice big places for really cheap. Look around

save money by taking the subway if you can, the subway goes to almost every area of all the boroughs. So you can commute to work in manhattan or you can even get nice jobs outside manhattan.

The other boroughs are queens, brooklyn, bronx and staten island. Not much is doing in staten island so avoid that, also avoid the south bronx dont live there. Northern new jersey has some very nice neighborhoods you can commute in 20 minutes or less to manhattan.

Or even try yonkers in westchester county, cheap rent and less than 30 minutes to manhattan by bus or car

about a job im not sure, be creative. You usually need a college degree for manhattan good paying jobs. What are ur skills or talents, maybe go to a trade school or get a certificate before you go to nyc. I think yellowcab drivers make some money? LOL find jobs outside of retail, whatever your good at.

Make a resume. I know in queens you can get a studio for like 600 a month or rent a bedroom in someones apartment for that much

Robert asks…

How much money should I save in order to move to NYC?

Okay, so I’ve visited NYC a few times, and I LOVE it. I’m a Arizona native, but I would love the opportunity to move to NYC, and pursue a career in acting, as well as go to some of their acting schools.

I’m only 20, so I’m wondering how much money should I have saved up before making a move like that? How much would a studio / one room apartment cost (on average). How hard is it to find a job making enough to pay the bills?

Also I was thinking along the lines of about $50,000. Would that be enough?

Administrator answers:

It depends on where you want to live and what you’re willing to settle for.

I’m assuming by NYC, you’re referring to the borough of Manhattan (as most non-natives, do.)
To live there, a decent studio will start at $2,500/month and a one-bedroom at $3,000/month and increase from there.

If you’re willing to sacrifice accommodations: i.e. A doorman, an elevator, central heating and air, gym, neighborhood, you can find places in the $2,000 range and under – however, these places are usually less than desirable.

If you’re looking into Manhattan, you also need to consider Manhattan’s 40x rule. Which (while not followed by all complexes, is used by some of the nicer ones) that you must make an annual salary of 40 times your monthly rent. I.E. If your rent is $3,000/month, you need to make $120,000 year to live there and have evidence that you do.

Here’s some info on it:

“Most of the landlords in Manhattan require tenants to earn at least 40 times monthly rent on the annual basis.”

“Most landlords require applicants to demonstrate income of approximately 40 to 50 times the monthly rent. Combined incomes are almost always considered for roommates and couples. If an applicant is shy of the income requirement, or has unsatisfactory credit, a guarantor may often be used. The guarantor must have good credit and earn income of approximately 75 to 90 times the monthly rent.”

You can rent an apartment without the 40x rule and at a cheaper rent if you look at some of the other boroughs, Harlem has some nice places that are not as costly. Consider Long Island, Staten Island, the Bronx, Harlem, etc.

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