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Your Questions About Affordable Apartments In The Bronx For Rent

January 13, 2013

Sharon asks…

Does anyone a management where I can rent an affordable apartment in Bronx, NY?

I need a 1 bedroom for no less than $800/month

Administrator answers:

Try Parkchester. It is close to the subway, and they have affordable rents. Living in the Bronx my entire life, I find Parchester a decent place to live. If you grew up in suburbia, the midwest, or somewhere that simply isn’t urban or is upper class, you may not like this development. Here is the info:

2000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
718-319-8043

Sandy asks…

Going to college in New York?

I’m looking to apply to college in New York (NYU). Can someone give me some insight on what it is like to be an 18 year old moving to New York alone and making it? I’m also wondering about apartments and what areas are the best to rent one, costs, transportation, etc. Thank you!

Administrator answers:

Living in NYC is tough and expensive, but its enjoyable. There is no other city in the world that can top New York City, with its nightlife, its energy and its fame as the Capital of the World.

New York City may be expensive to live but, there are affordable place to live, mostly in the outer borough (The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island). Manhattan is too expensive for even me, a native, to live there. You’ll find better bargains outside Manhattan and you can still commute to and from Manhattan.

Speaking of commuting, New York City has one of the most extensive public transit systems in the world. The New York City Subway System is one of the largest subway systems in the world with over 700 miles of tracks covering the four out of five boroughs of New York City. It is the only subway system in the world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Long Island Railroad, one of the nation’s oldest railroads that still has its original name, connect the NYC with Long Island, bring million of commuters from the eastern suburbs into the city daily.

When you hear the name Grand Central Terminal, you think of the the days when the nation was moved by rail. Well today, the GCT is home to Metro-North Railroad, which operates train from this fame rail hub to the Hudson Valley, the northern surburbs and Connecticut.

Other form of transportation operates to and from New York City, they included The PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and both national and regional buses departing from and arriving to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. There also three airport (Newark, LGA and JFK), as well as an extesive ferry system that include the Staten Island Ferry. So there is definately no way you’ll need a car to get around New York City.

Crime in New York City. My friend, what you see in TV and movies is just that, the mind of a Hollywood producer. As a native, born and raised, I’ve see crime in this city go down since the last mayor (the one who ran for president and then dropped out) cleaned up this city from the scumbags of the world. Today, crime in NYC is at its lowest level since 1963, and I hope it will continue that way for a long time to come.

New York City’s weather is the same as in Chicago, Boston or Toronto, Canada. Cold in the winter, hot in the summer and cool and breezy weather in the fall and spring.

Telling you about New York City is one thing, but visiting the city that’s home to 8.5 million people is another. I would suggest you come to NYC for a visit and see how it is. You can experience the city, the way you will like to see it first hand, not what the mind of a Hollywood producer will want you to think.

Good luck

Susan asks…

Cheapest places to live in New York? Or any other cities close by.?

I plan to move to New York sometime later this year for a career opportunity. I am not familiar of NY, so I was wondering if you can tell me of any decent places to live there or close by…Is the rent expensive, food etc?

No sarcastic answers please. Just asking if anyone knows on here. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

New York is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. There are over 8 million people in the city and more than 19 million in the state. That’s why it is important to find a place that is affordable before moving there. All prices are current as of August 2009.

Brooklyn
1. Prices in Brooklyn range from about $1,000 to $7,000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. Neighborhoods vary greatly, but Park Slope is fairly safe and inexpensive.
Queens
2. Prices in Queens range from about $1,500 to $3,000 per month for a two-bedroom. The most inexpensive places are Forrest Hills and Kew Gardens.
The Bronx
# Prices for a two bedroom in the Bronx are between $1,000 and $3,000. Mosholu Parkway is a recommended neighborhood.
Staten Island
# Staten Island is somewhat cheap, but it’s also a significant distance from the mainland. The best way to get to Manhattan from Staten Island is by ferry. The prices range from about $,1000 to $2,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. You can find cheap places in Stapleton or Park Hill.
Manhattan
# Manhattan is the most expensive part of the city. Prices for a two-bedroom apartment here are rarely under $3,000 a month outside of Harlem. In Harlem, you might be able to find something for $1,500 or a little less.

I LOVE NY if California did not call me back that is where I would be living….also Rent here in LA is about the same prices…anyway hope this helps ya out a little and GOOD LUCK and ENJOY NYC!

Laura asks…

1Bedroom apartments for cheap?

Where can I find affordable apartments/private houses in the Bronx, New York area. 1Bedroom, 1bathroom. Price range $500 a month or less if that’s possible. It doesn’t even have to have a kitchen. I’m a college student looking for my own place. I don’t want anything too expensive. Maybe less than $500 but I’m sure I can’t find anything like that sigh! Please any help out there? Thanks in advance!

Administrator answers:

I’m sorry but you aren’t going to find one that cheap. If you get a roommate you can because you can split the rent!

Even in Washington state (Olympia-city) the cheapest I could find was 733 a month and the apartment I’m in is a 1 bedroom and it is section 8 housing as well!

David asks…

from my readings, it seem that NYC Manhattan is such an expensive place to live in.?

now i wonder how much the people there earn to be able support themselves financially but still living the high life.. sigh

Administrator answers:

Currently, I live in Manhattan.

However I do not live in an overly priced apartment or condo. There are places in Manhattan, north of Central Park that are less expensive than rents costing more than $2k-3k a month.

Most of us (like myself) would rent in the outer boroughs like Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island in which our incomes are more suitable and affordable to rent. In addition we would rent a place with roommates so that we can share expenses.

As to get around the city, bus and subways run on a 24/7 basis. Alternates for myself besides transportation, I would walk or ride my bicycle.

FYI, Jennifer, you can not assume that all the people who live in Manhattan are wealthy. Secondly, you are NOT a native of this city.

Mark asks…

where do middle class live in new york?

what part in new york do middle class live in

and what part in manhattan can middle class live in

Administrator answers:

Good question.

Middle Class is such a subjective class these days. Some people may say middle class are people who make between 30K and 150 K a year. Some one else might make half a million and consider themselves middle class. I am going to say middle class is earning five figures per person.

Well, New York has a lot of areas that change demographics periodically. Case and point: 20 years ago, Williamsburg, Brooklyn only had warehouses and Chasidics. Now it is full of lofts (formerly warehouses) and is exceedingly expensivbe (in some cases, too expensive for someone making five figures a year, unless they want to be spending 60% of their income on housing)

Ten years ago, the South Bronx was terrible, all you could find was project housing and slums. But it was cheap. Now middle class people are moving in and gentrifying.

The West Village used to be cheap. Now it is expensive.

However, you have to remember a few things: New York is a renters city. That means, the vast majority of the city rents their home (as in an apartment). New York also has rent regulation in many buldings (to prevent rents from skyrocketing if a neighborhood suddenly becomes trendy). This is why you might find someone making 30K a year in a very expensive neighborhood.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that New Yorkers are going to spend a greater percentage of their income on housing. That’s because they will spend less on other things, like transportation (most New Yorkers don’t own a car), and clothing. Also the city is full of people and businesses who will give you a deal on this and that.

So while you are not going to find too many people making 5 figures living on Park Avenue, or really anywhere on the Upper East Side, there are some.

But here goes, as far as typically middle class neighborhoods, where the housing is reasonable (still more than most places), and it’s safe)

Most of Staten Island

Bronx: Riverdale, East Fordham, City Island and other parts.

Queens: Astoria, Jackson Heights, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Even the Rockaways and Howard Beach are getting safer.

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights (I would say they are Upper middle Class) Park Slope (ditto), Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge,

Manhattan: The only really affordable neighborhood is Inwood/Washington Heights, but it’s really nice and really safe. If you look hard, you can find other nice affordable places around the city due to rent regulation.

I haven’t covered all the neighborhoods, but these are the areas that come to mind.

Lisa asks…

where should i live in new york?

i finish my uni studies next year and i really want to live in new york for a minimum of 6 months, what areas are more affordable? is the bronx really bad or just bad reputation? any good sites or info?

Administrator answers:

If you are used to living with roommates, and don’t mind sharing space with people, you could live in a share in Manhattan Consider the Lower East Side, Financial District or the Upper West Side. Otherwise, for outerborough living definitely look at Queens, in particular Astoria, Long Island City, or Jackson Heights.

If you’ve never lived in an urban area before, and especially if you are female, you should stick to safer neighborhoods. Very important: if you look at an apartment and like it, make sure to check out the neighborhood at night, not just during the day.

Check the Village Voice or Craig’s list for rental ads and shares. Don’t be afraid to pick a neighborhood you like and then ask the local business owners if they know of apartments for rent (I got a nice place above a dry cleaners in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn that way once).

Also, make sure that transportation to Manhattan is easy if you choose to live in the boroughs. Think about how many blocks you’ll have to walk in the winter to get to the train and think twice about whether or not you can handle living in a two fare zone. Remember that you’ll sometimes be coming home late if you hang in the city, so find out how much it will cost to take a cab home and weight that in to your monthly costs.

Most of all, go with your gut. If the place, neighborhood, landlord or potential roommate doesn’t feel right, don’t sign on. Also, don’t go apartment hunting alone, bring a friend for a second opinion.

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