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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Nyc

August 18, 2012

Richard asks…

what is up with the incentive to get pregnant asap?

cheaper apartments-food stamps and medicaid. girls my age 22 and even younger. then if I, who is in college and I want to get out of my mom’s house…rent is super expensive. I live in NYC >:|
I pay loads of taxes so I cant even save alot to move out. If I work a few hours more, I wont qualify for food stamps or even worst-lose my medicaid.

while, they pay less taxes and get everything. BS!!!
Yes but I am basically alone. if I need anything, I have to get it.
as to them, many women get pregnant on purpose….and they have been on it for years!!!

well I have things I want and goals!! one of them is to move asap… as to suck it up, no. Ya dont know how hard is to study when you cant focus in a loud house and other problems.
umm…i am not aggreeing with getting pregnant.

Administrator answers:

Mordecai is correct. If you have a child while on welfare then you and your child will be trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty. You will never be happy in the long run.

Mary asks…

easiest way to ove to miami from nyc?

I’m moving back to Miami from NYC and would like to know whats the easiest way to move my things down there. I’m not moving an entire apartment, just about 8 medium plastic bins of cloths, shoes etc.
I’m also driving my bmw down. It will have additional items in it. uHaul is way to expensive. price range between $500-$1000.that’s for the truck or trailer. does anyone know a cheap shipping company or inexpensive way to get may things to Miami.

Administrator answers:

Box everything up is a secure container and ship them on the bus. It’s the cheapest way. It’s not the fastest but it’s way less money than UPS. If you don’t have furniture to move there is no reason to use Uhaul.

James asks…

apartment rental in nyc?

Me and another family member are looking into renting an apartment near midtown for grad school/college, etc. All the listings that I went through say the rent is about $4000. When you’re looking at listings like these, does it typically mean $4000/month or $4000/year. I always assumed that it was whatever the amount per year and then you paid it off in monthly increments.. so it would be $333.33 per month… but I’m looking at places in NYC- is it really that cheap??

Administrator answers:

You should go through a broker to find the right apartment even though you pay a fee. You can find something for less than $4000. You can find a 1-bdrm. (3-room) for $2500 I am sure. The rent is monthly, not yearly. If you are planning to live there only one year, you should consider subletting an apartment from someone who will be absent for a year. A lot of people in NY travel or have other homes or jobs and they sublet a lot. Hopefully it is a legal sublet, but not always.

Lizzie asks…

could you recommend High Speed Internet service in nyc?

I am new to the new york city, I am looking for a relatively cheap and relatively high speed internet for my apartment. Could you please recommend company that have this service?
i am looking for high speed, or broad band internet, with the charge around $30

Administrator answers:

I have to say I love my Verizon fios! We have had it for a year, and it’s the best!

Charles asks…

How much should I save before moving into an apartment in NYC?

I’m looking for a multiple of the rent, here… that is to say, if I were to get a new apartment in Brooklyn for $1100/month, how much should I save before signing the lease? As I understand I might need to pay two months rent plus a security deposit (which is another month, normally). So that, right there, is $3300. Plus, I have some furniture, but I figure I’ll need another $1000 to complete the apartment with furniture (I’ll buy cheap-o stuff).

So with an $1100/month lease… does around $4500 sound like too much or too little? Thanks for any input.

Administrator answers:

Sounds about right. Check out used furniture places to save on that expense. Good luck!

Linda asks…

Good places to live and not live in NYC?

Me and my friend have plans to move to New York City and we are currently searching for apartments. What is killing us is that we have almost no knowledge of the different areas.

Can anyone give us a break down as to general good areas to live in and bad ones to avoid? We ideally want to live somewhere where people mainly speak English with cheaper rent and close to any business areas for work.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It will greatly greatly help us!

Administrator answers:

Hey listen, don’t listen to these other guys.

Yes it’s true if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Only b/c NYC is an experience in itself. If I were you I’d stay out of Southern Queens and Brooklyn. If you want cheap rent you may not be able to live in (a good part ) of the city. Perhaps you are interested in living on Long Island in an apartment or in Westchester.

The city is safer than its been in like 30 yrs. But seriously if you want cheap rent you cant live in Manhattan. Williamsburg, Brooklyn…Astoria,Queens…Staten Island…and developing part of Manhattan are your best bets.

George asks…

Finding an apartment in NYC for first job??

I’m starting work in NYC in late June after graduating from college. When should I start looking for apartments?

Also, where do you recommend I live? I’ll be working in the Financial District, right by the World Trade Center site. I don’t want to spend more than $1200 a month…the cheaper the better because I have to pay off my student loans, but nowhere too sketchy or unsafe. And I’d like to keep transportation time to around 30 minutes or less.

Thanks for your help! =)

Administrator answers:

You’d enjoy living in the East Village/Alphabet City in Manhattan. It’s cool, funky area with lots of young people and cheap happy hours. With what you want to spend, you might be able to get a good sized studio or a moderate sized 1BR.

Park Slope and Prospect Heights are also cool areas in downtown Brooklyn. All of these neighborhood would place you within 30 mins of your job by subway and a really short cab ride home for late nights in the office.

When I started out with my first job I was also working in lower Manhattan and I had 2 roommates in Prospect Heights. It was great because this gave us a lot more square footage than any of us could have had on our own. We split basic expenses and responsibilities and would let each other know about things going on in the area. Park Slope was only 2 blocks away and there was ALWAYS something going on there. The Botanic Gradens. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum & Prospect Park were just as close by with free concerts and performances every week. The people in the neighborhood were very young. And most importantly we saved money!! You may be ABLE to afford $1200, but you don’t HAVE TO. Especially if you have loans & enjoy socializing.

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommates, tho’ it could happen. You just have to comfortable & respectful of one another. Background checks are common.

When choosing an apartment or a roommate, go with your instincts if you are uncomfortable about something.

Check & walk through the neighborhoods to get to know them and look at flyers on the lamposts, walls and stores (a favorite means of finding roomates in Park Slope). Look at several places before you make a decision. Paying a fee is rare and unnecessary. Spend your money on credit checks (usually @ $45 each).

Good luck.

Jenny asks…

Finding an apartment in Manhatten?

I am not denying anything I am just a junior in high school living 20 minutes away from the city and i really want to live in nyc after college its my dream. I understand its so expensive to live in manhatten and stuff and people says its hard but can someone please explain how hard it is, how much you would have to make a year, how much like the cheapest apartment for rent is in manhatten and like how it all works to make it so dam almost impossible. Also what do you think nyc will be like in 5 years with living and all of that. Will it be cheaper, expensive, a big mess, or just the same as now?

Administrator answers:

You better bring as much money as you can, work as many jobs as you can and be willing to live in very scummy situations. If you can, you’ll do fine.

Don’t watch “Sex in the City” or “Friends” for guidance.

I googled and found this post for you:

“Please do not be discouraged: you can do it if you really want to.

“First, figure out what you have to offer. Did you grow up on a dairy farm? Start a chess club? Work as a lifeguard? Do you have a degree in chemistry? Can you do bookkeeping? Sell software? Speak Japanese? Drive a truck? Make a martini? List everything. Write a concise resume.

“Second, check which of your skills are in demand in NYC. Lifequards, seasonal hotel workers, and au pairs are in short supply. Agencies match workers with US firms and families eager for help. Speaking English is a big plus. Once you’re here you can find other opportunities.

“Third, ask a librarian how to find companies that have offices in New York. Pinpoint the ones that seem smart and sometimes hire people with your skills. Read about them, asking yourself “How could I help this business, this person?” A textile firm, for instance, might be particularly interested in an accounting major who grew up on a sheep farm.

“Fourth, make a list of everyone you’ve ever met who has a good opinion of you, or any power, or any connection to New York or the US. Contact each one and tell them that you’re interested in working in NYC. Ask each person if he or she would be kind enough to review your resume and advise you about how to proceed. Your cousin’s old classmate may know someone who has a retail shop in New York and needs help around Christmas.

“Send each person who speaks with you a thank you note. Follow up on their suggestions. Keep them posted on your progress.

“Meanwhile, scour the media for news of conventios, lectures, and events related to NYC or the kind of work you’d like to do. Attend as many as possible. Listen, learn, and then talk. Tell people what you’d like to do.

“If you keep doing all of the above, you’ll eventually be offered a job in NYC. Before you accept it, discuss the details with an older person you trust, so you don’t wind up working for criminals or something like that.

“Once you have a job, you will be able to find a place to live in or near NYC. Maybe your new boss will suggest something. Or you’ll go on Craig’s List and find a place to share with roommates. Or you’ll contact a university that will let you take a dorm room for the summer. Things will work out.

“Do not be discouraged. New York is a wonderful place to live. People move there all the time. You can too. Good luck!”

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