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Your Questions About Affordable Apartments In The Bronx

January 21, 2013

Richard asks…

What is the South Bronx like today?

No I am not planning to move there at all. I am studying New York history and I would like to have a few opinions of the people who know the city well, who live there or visit it very often. What is it like in south Bronx? Have they knocked down these burnt apartments? Are there too many? Is there any plan of redeveloping the area?

Apart from Wiki answers and other internet sources I would like to have a second opinion.

Actually what has caused fires there?

Administrator answers:

In the 1970s that area was the fire capital of the world. Arson for profit was the motivating factor. New York City made the fatal mistake of giving welfare families lump sum payments to replace items lost in a fire. Thus people would empty their apt. Set it afire and collect.
That ended. Under Mayor Guilini who made quality of life a priority the remaining burnt out building were bulldozed and smaller apt buildings replaced those. Consensus was not to overcrowd an area.
The New York Post just did an article on the Bronx and said it is improving. It is the last borough in which to find affordable apts. Average rent is 600 versus 1500 elsewhere. Great shopping, easy access to public transportation.

Nancy asks…

Where is good area in new York for a uni student to stay?

Hi. I’m in first year of uni, from Australia. I’ve never been to America but considering moving to new York and sharing an apartment with some students. Which areas in NY is best to stay with lots off students? ( and the fees are not too high, but I don’t mean dodgy areas) D:

Administrator answers:

The Bronx would be good. So would be Brooklyn and Queens. I will tell you some good, affordable areas in these boroughs.

Bronx: Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Riverdale
Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, Clinton Hill, Park Slope (Can be expensive)
Queens: Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Parts of Long Island City.

Overall, I recommend: Pelham Parkway (Bronx) Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and Astoria (Queens)

These neighborhoods are good, because they have the best commutes to Manhattan, while being safe, and affordable. I hope this helped!!! :)

Chris asks…

How expensive is it to live in NYC?

I want to rent a small 1-2 bedroom apartment. Somewhere that will accept little dogs, and has some space. I don’t want it to be right in the middle of everything…maybe just outside of the city…but if not How much do you think it could be per month for rent?

Administrator answers:

It depends on how you want to live. The most affordable places are usually outside Manhattan. You can probably find a good, affordable place in Brooklyn or Queens. The Bronx has inexpensive places, but they’re usually in questionable neighborhoods. A 2-bedroom apartment can be steep in NYC.

Check Craigslist or ask anyone you know in NYC. They may be able to refer you to their landlord and you can ask if they have anything available.

Robert asks…

Where are the most affordable Real Estate Properties in New York City?

i understand that prices are ridiculous in this area but I wanted to get a sense of whatI can get and at what prices.

Administrator answers:

Everywhere in NYC is expensive: the rates in Manhattan are the highest. Basically, anywhere in Manhattan and certain sections of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island have very high rents. The farther away from Manhattan a person lives, the cheaper the rent. For instance, if you rent an apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the rent can be about $2000 for a one bedroom. However, an apartment in the same borough but in the Coney Island section is about half that. Same borough but Park Slope is closer to Manhattan than Coney Island so the rent is higher.

Paul asks…

Moving to NY and found apt in Inwood on thayer st. is it a safe/nice neighborhood and close to transportation?

I just need to know as much as possible about the neighborhood and that particular area, because I may move there and I need to know I can get to Manhattan quickly and hope it close to grocery stores, ect.

Administrator answers:

First off, Inwood IS Manhattan. It’s a neighborhood on the northernmost tip just south of the starting point of the Bronx.

What I’ve heard about Inwood is that it can be a really nice neighborhood in places, and really not in places, and it can vary within blocks. The commute is pretty good with both the A train and the 1 train available.

Here’s the subway map:

From what I’ve heard of Inwood, the best neighborhoods are right by the parks (Ft. Tryon and Inwood Hill), but your address is several blocks east of that, which might be just a tad too much grit for you depending upon what you’re used to seeing. You can see any area by the way by going to, clicking on the “maps” link at the top, and entering whatever info you have available. If you enter “Thayer Street, New York, NY”, it will give you not only a map but a physical picture of the area. You can take a 360-degree view, walk up and down the streets, and see what’s there and if it’s someplace you want to live.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the following general advice:

1) Do NOT rent an apartment here sight unseen or exchange money with any person you haven’t met, especially if you got this from Craigslist. The exception MIGHT be if you are going through a reputable realtor such as,, or Still, I think you should plan to find an affordable, clean place to stay for a few days while you apartment hunt.

2) I very strongly advise, especially for apartments in “hot” areas, that you avoid Craigslist like the plague.

3) Calculate how much rent you can afford and expect to pay. If you have good credit, or no/poor credit and a guarantor, you might get into a place for less than this, but in general, I think you should expect to put down first & last months’ rent and one month’s security. So, if you’re expecting to pay $1500 per month, bring $4500 just for rent on your new apartment, maybe one month more if you are using a realtor (some apartments are “no fee” but most aren’t) and have cash to house and feed yourself while you look. If you have bad credit, trust me, I know, it will be very hard (though never impossible) to find a place here (or anywhere).

Mark asks…

Any Advice when moving to New York City to start College?

Hi everyone!

I’m a(n) 2008 early high school graduate country boy from Warren, Arkansas and I am planning on moving to New York in January for college. I’m transferring from the Westwood College online campus to The City College of New York. I need some advice when moving to the big apple, because I’m kind of nervous leaving the south and beginning the city life.

P.S. If there’s anyone who’s already going to college at CCNY, can you tell me your experience at this college and the city

Thanks everyone!!!

Administrator answers:

My friend, in regard to housing in New York City, my advice don’t rent an apartment in Manhattan unless you have a good roommate who will help you out with the rent. I would recommend rent in the boroughs outside of Manhattan (The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens or Brooklyn), you will find affordable apartments there.

Second, since you’re going to college, you’re in luck. If you’re living in the outer borough you can take the subway from either The Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn into Manhattan. City College is located on 137th Street and Convent Avenue and the nearest subway station is the 137th Street-City College Station on the #1 subway line.

I hope this information is very helpful.

Good luck
Native New Yorker

Ruth asks…

possibly relocating from bos to ny for a new job. any thoughts on affordable apt locations in or around nyc?

open to areas outside of ny that i could easily commute to and from.

Administrator answers:

You don’t define what you think of as affordable, but I’ll assume Trump Tower is not in your price range (starts at $250,000 and goes UP).
In Manhattan, leaving out slum areas, there are just two possibilities. Morningside Heights, if a college area is acceptable to you, or Inwood at the northern tip end of the island. Prices on a one bedroom will start around $1200+.
In the Bronx, Riverdale tends to be quite pricey, but Parkchester is a bit less so, or maybe University Heights.
In Brooklyn, Flatbush has some almost reasonably priced apartments. Look there at the older buildings. Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay also have a fair number of apartments.
In Queens, try any of the communities along the #7 IRT, such as Astoria, Sunnyside, etc all the way out to Flushing (which can be expensive). Bayside, which is well beyond any subway lines, has some reasonably priced garden apartments. Also look at Rego Park or Forest Hills, although these are getting almost as bad as Manhattan for price.
Outside NYC, Newark and Bayonne have a few possibilities.

Carol asks…

I am looking for the opinions of someone from Hong Kong who visited America?

I am studying Hong Kong, and finding it a very interesting place but wondering, if you where to compare Hong Kong and America, what would you say?

What do you like/dislike about America
What do you like/dislike about Hong Kong?

Administrator answers:

First of all, I take it to that you are referring to North America. Hong Kong is a city and North America a country. The two are actually quite incomparable, it would be more wise to compare Hong Kong with a city like New York City.

Hong Kong is the economic and financial capital of the East and is one of the 5 world cities of New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. It is an extremely developed city in located in a location which allows it to trade goods with the neighbouring countries in South East Asia, and this one of the major reasons why it is so prosperous. Hong Kong is significantly inhabited by its own people; the Hongkongese of Canton, however, more recently as China with a population of over 1.3 billion, has a one percent population whose wealth is in abundance. This is a body of over 13 million people, a large amount of these flock to the developed cities to live in and spend their riches, and Hong Kong one of the cities subject to this.

To be direct and honest, the virtues of the majority of the Hong Kong population are most impure and are based on monetary wellbeing and successfulness.

Hong Kong’s high real estate prices are higher than that of the average in New York City, as in NYC there is Manhattan, the more prospering part, where real estate is expensive, and less prospering parts such as the Bronx, and Brooklyn, etc. In these places real estate and things are more affordable priced. In Hong Kong all real estate and property are at an expensive price with a huge amount of apartments priced at above the equivalent of US$2million and many freestanding houses priced at above the equivalent of US$25 million, such high prices mean that most establishments such as restaurants and shops have to be part of a brand, and the existence of individually owned and independent establishments is kept to a minimum.

In North America, the average price of living is far less then that in the city of Hong Kong.

It appears to me, across the country of North America the virtues of the people are not orientated on financial wellbeing and wealth, but more on happiness and love. However, this judgment may be highly inaccurate, it tends to be that in the more developed cities people are more monetarily oriented.

I like that in Hong Kong it is very safe, you can walk about at night through parks and through the city and not be in danger of being mugged or attacked by anyone. It is safe for a child to use the underground train system, and move about the city without and significant need for adult supervision. In Hong Kong it is quite easy to get along, even if you can only speak English. In Hong Kong there are good opportunities to go shopping at luxury boutiques.

In USA the manners of the people and their hospitality succeeds that of the people in Hong Kong, mainly because the city is now recently welcomed residents of mainland China. The separation of the classes is less significant in North America, as a large body of people, the middle class, are easily able to afford things and live happily, and in Hong Kong the wealth gap has enlarged, the very rich are increasing, and those who have to live in partitioned apartments is increasing too, the middle class in shrinking, and this is quite unhealthy.

I do hope that this helps, I am only 14 years old.

Daniel asks…

Anyone know any good websites for renting affordable apartments in the Bronx?

Any apartments that except Section 8 also!!

Administrator answers:

Craigslist. Also check the online classifieds of the NY Post and Daily News.
The section 8 office often has postings as well.

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