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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Nyc

October 28, 2012

William asks…

Good Neighborhoods In NYC?

I want to move to a cheap place outside of manhattan. I would like to buy a 3/2 house or apartment in a somewhat safe neighborhood. Can you give me some suggestions of where to look for realty. I have a job in middle manhattan so it cant be too far. 10 points to the best anwser!!!

Administrator answers:

Try Bay Ridge Brooklyn or Astoria Queens, both area’s you should be able to get a 1 bedroom condo or co-op ( in a converted apartment bldg) for about $350K. Expect common charges to be $500 to $1000 more a month (that will include heat, water and electric).

Bay Ridge is a 45 min subway ride on the R train to Midtown.
Astoria is a 30 min subway ride on the N train to Midtown.

Both area are safe.
Bay Ridge is an old Italian/Irish Neighborhood with a recent influx of Arabs (has good restaurants along 3rd and 5th Av’s).
Astoria is an old Greek Neighborhood (good Greek Seafood restaurants)with a lot of young Midwestern and southern transplant who are too freaked out by Long Island City.

However, again, you are NOT going to find something for $150K in a decent neighborhood in NYC or the Metro NY, NJ,Ct area, it just ain’t gonna happen.

Laura asks…

Orlando, FL or New York City?

I`m 20 y/o I’ been in US almost a year.
I used to live in NYC, but I moved to Orlando, FL because of comfort. In NYC, I was living in a small apartment with many people, but here I have my own Bedroom, Restroom and many space which I love. However, I do not have a car, which is really dispensable here, and I have to depend of other people to go where I want to go when I want to go and it is really annoying, since no everybody wants to do what you want to do all the time.
I also want to save money, but if I stay in Orlando I will have to pay insurance for the car and gasoline which will be cheaper in NYC because there I just will buy a Metrocard.
Therefore, I don’t know what to do? Should I leave the comfort?

I like both cities, although NYC is so much fun =D

Administrator answers:

My best advice for you is to make a pro and con list for each city and make your choice after that. The two cities are quite different and really it’s all about your personal preferences.

Carol asks…

Portable dishwasher – is it possible?

I might be moving into an apartment in NYC without a dishwasher soon (I hope not though – fingers crossed!) I know *nothing* about portable dishwashers – are there any good, cheap options? Do they need a special hookup that I’d need approval from my landlord for or do they just plug up to the sink? Any help would be great!


Administrator answers:

We had one my mother used for years. It has the attachment built in the back that you pull out and connect to the faucet at the kitchen sink. I’m pretty sure it has a special part that you screw in the faucet so it will connect correctly to the dishwasher. The drain hose is built into the attachment so once you hook it up and turn on the HOT water it’s ready to go. Make sure the drain is open, plug it up and you’re ready to wash. When it’s finished, unhook the attachment and feed it into the back of the washer and push it aside till next time.

Nancy asks…

So they say NYC is the most expensive city in the U.S.?

Or is it? Well all know it’s expensive as hell out there, but let’s take Manhattan out of the equation. I want to move to New York in the near future (to advance my career), but I was wondering if you think I can get a decent 1bd apartment in: Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, or Staten Island for $1,000-$1,200?

I live in Los Angeles, so there won’t be a big difference in living expenses for me. I truly believe when people speak about NYC‘s cost of living, they’re solely speaking about “Manhattan” and not the outer boroughs where most of the residents live. I think San Francisco, L.A. & San Diego can be just as expensive.

I’ve digressed…back to the original question. What can I get in the outer boroughs (and maybe Harlem or Washington Heights) for $1000-$1200? I know this is a little on the cheap side, but I don’t think it’s far fetched.

I would prefer diverse areas and within a reasonable travel to Manhattan. It doesn’t necessarily need to be “hood”.

Based on assumption, I would think the Bronx (I’ve never been there) would be the most affordable, but I’ve heard it’s the most run down (sorry, I don’t mean to offend).

Queens looks very livable for me. But it does look extremely residential.

I did like the Ft. Green section of Brooklyn, but if you know any neighborhoods, please recommend them.

Staten Island would be the last choice, but if the price is right…I’ll make that move.
**I also like how Queens is very drivable.

Administrator answers:

Lol I’m from the Bx…its kinda hood but there are good parts too, they’re just kinda far from the city (with the exception of Riverdale)

Anyway, if I were you I’d recommend the following neighbourhoods

Washington Heights
Long Island City (avoid queensbridge though)
Ft. Greene
Definitely look into parts of Bed-Stuy, alot of it is nice
Forest Hills
Bay Ridge

Most of the neighbourhoods I listed were in Brooklyn or Queens. Staten Island is a hassle to get to the city and you need a car to live there, and its mostly White so not very diverse, and the Bronx just might not be your thing, I don’t know what you’re accustomed to so I wouldn’t recommend it right off the bat, but in general avoid:

East New York
South Jamaica
Mott Haven
High Bridge
most of Fordham & Tremont

Alotta people will tell you to look into the Lower East Side, DUMBO and Park Slope but most of those areas are just yuppies and annoying ass people, avoid em.

Michael asks…

I want to move to NYC in 5 yrs when I finish University. I am Canadian do I need a Visa? Help?

I am 20 yrs old & plan on using the next 5 years to: update my passport, land a job in NYC(I will hopefully have a Social Work degree), with maybe a part-time waitress/bartending job on the side to help with saving money, I will have 0 debt from University, I plan on working/saving thru the rest of Uni. I also plan on making at least a few trips out to MAKE SURE I adore the place and have an apartment ready for when I move. So here is where I need help: I definitely prefer having roommates as I know no-one in the city at all. I LOVE the idea of being a Manhattan girl, maybe even a nice brownstone? mmm…I digress…I need to know where the best (safest, easily accessible) place to live E.g; Manhattan vs. Brooklyn, East Village vs. SoHo, etc. I will be 25ish will I have “outgrown” the city by then? I am able to live in/below my means but I love to go out when I can afford it. Do I need a work Visa? How can I get CHEAP healthcare? Have I missed anything? Does my plan sound reasonable?

Administrator answers:

You do need a work permit, thought they are relatively easy to get if you have a sponsor. You won’t get sponsored to work as a bartender unless you work for a bar like coyote Ugly.

I would disagree with Harry, getting a social work sponsor would be probably if you have a unique skill area (e.g. HIV/AIDS or immigration/refugee).


Daniel asks…

What is the best area of NYC for me to live in?

I want to live in NYC because I love it. I’ve been there coutless times for business (I fix windows and doors on everything from townhouses to apartment buildings to tall office buildings). I’m from Southwest CT, so I don’t really know where the best area is for me to live in. This would be my first official residence out of college. I want a relatively cheap single family detached house (under $400K) that’s nice and in a somewhat good area. I want something of a yard and a minimum two car garage (or at least space for one). I need it to support my hobby of restoring classic Volkswagens. I want to be able to walk or drive to most places I would need to go. I want a city atmosphere while living in a somewhat neighborhood. I don’t want my cars stolen everyday. I want to be around a few high end car dealers because I am a 7 year car salesman with an excellent record. What would you say?

I will not live in the Bronx or Harlem for a million dollars, so don’t recommend for me to live there.
I’ve found many examples of my description, mostly in Staten Island. I just want to know where else I can get that.

Administrator answers:

Well, on the one hand you say “I want to live in NYC because I love it.” but then you go on to write a long laundry list of requirements, NOT ONE of which describes life in New York City!!

In fact, what you’ve described perfectly is life in Southwest Connecticut (I know, because I’ve lived there), so, you know what I’d suggest you do?

Stay home!

That’s right. That’s what I said. Seriously, you are NOT going to find what you say you’re looking for in NYC, and, like I said, although you say you love NYC, it actually doesn’t sound like you really, truly do.

Donald asks…

Any advice for moving to NYC?

Any general advice or tips on moving to NYC would help. As far as apartment hunting when first moving into the city, what is the cheapest and easiest way to access temporary housing while job searching & apartment hunting? (Sub-leasing, hostels, hotels, etc.) I will be attending graduate school in NY by the time I move, do you know if financial aid helps with housing? You can only work a maximum of 20 hours a week your first year of law school. If not, what are other ways to help support yourself while in law school.
What are the best and safest areas to look out for when it comes to apartment hunting? What areas generally cut deals on housing?
If you’ve recently moved to NY how was your transition? Did you choose to live with a roommate? How was your roommate experience?
Also, what is the most affordable way to travel into the city when movin into the city? (Greyhound, 1 way flights, etc.)
What is the best bank to transfer to in NY?

I know this is a lot, but I’ve been trying to get a grip on NY life by doing research and asking questions. (A little about my plan) I am now a sophomore in undergrad school (I am on break for the summer) and I just recently found a summer job. I’m starting to save for NY this summer and putting away money every time I get paid. I plan to work through out the school year as well through the next 3 years (and crucially saving). My senior year of undergrad will be the time when I take my LSAT (Oh, by the way, what is generally the best time to take the LSAT?). Throughout senior will also be filling out applications for scholarships and grants. I will also be looking for an intern for the summer after my senior year to get a feel of NYC and transition by the time I start graduate school in the fall. I’m aiming to get accepted into NYU, but I will be applying to all the top colleges in NY.

In your opinion, what are the best graduate schools to attend in NY?
What is the best way to budget in NY as a college student?

Sorry for this being so long, And thanks for all the help, tips, and advice in advance!! I greatly appreciate it.

OH and p.s. when learning the subway system, what exactly are the best ways to learn the subway system and get used to it? Anything else I should know as far as transportation?

Administrator answers:

Just so you know: I grew up on Long Island, and worked in New York for many years. I left New York for good when I enlisted in the Navy in 1983. I still have family and many friends there. I know New York about as well as I know anyplace. So here’s my advice:

Find another city and another graduate school.

As much as I love the place, I couldn’t recommend it to anyone who’s about to do what you’re planning. First of all, there is no “cheap and easy” temporary housing in NYC. Unless you have a friend you can crash with, hotel rooms START at $150 per night, and that’s for a closet. If you plan to go there, take the work “cheap” out of your vocabulary, because nothing in New York City is cheap. No one in New York “cuts deals” for anything. Everyone who lives there knows how expensive the place is and takes advantage. When the average visitor has to pay $25 to park their car in a garage for an hour, you’re not dealing with a place to get bargains.

The colleges in New York are some of the most expensive in the world. Go take a look at the tuition for the Law School at NYU. I can pretty much guarantee you that *just tuition* is a minimum of $25-30,000 per year…before housing and expenses. Since NYU is in one of the “nicer” neighborhoods of the city, you will pay accordingly for housing.

Consider that you’ll spend a minimum of three years in law school, correct? I can guarantee you that you’ll have education debts of at least $100,000 by the time you’re done.

As far as working, all I can say is have you looked at the economy lately? You’ll be competing for the 20-hour-a-week job with a few thousand other students, as well as everyone else in the general NYC population. And even if you make a decent hourly wage, it’s not going to be enough to live on in any decent way.

If it sounds like I’m trying to talk you out of NY as a place to attend law school, you’re right. There are hundreds of great law schools all over the country located in much more affordable regions, with nice weather, lower cost of living, etc. I understand the excitement of being in New York…I still get a thrill when I visit there, and it was my *home*…but you really don’t want to start your life saddled with debt and exhausted from three or four years of trying to get through law school while working at the same time.

I would seriously reconsider. And good luck.

Donna asks…

What is the cheapest and fastest commute from west Staten Island to Mid-Town Manhattan?

I am staying at an apartment near 200 Boscombe Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309 and need to get to address 241 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022-6502 from July 10-18th. I will have a car, but can’t afford to pay for parking in NYC. Is there free parking by the ferry in SI?

Administrator answers:

I would recommend the express bus. You save yourself the trouble and expense of finding parking and can doze off on the way to Manhattan. You can take the AE7 from the Outerbridge Crossing Park-and-Ride to Madison Avenue at East 51st Street. You can walk to 241 East 51st Street at 2nd Avenue. I think the fare is $6 each way. (By the way, I think parking at the Park-and-ride is free if you can’t walk there)

You can also take the X22 from Amboy Road/Richmond Valley Road. Take it to Madison Avenue/East 48th Street and go to East 50th Street and take the M27 or M50 over to 2nd Avenue, and walk 1 block to East 51st Street. The fare is $5.50 for the X22, with a free transfer to the M27/M50.

Finally, you can take the Staten Island Railway St George for the Staten Island Ferry. This takes about the same amount of time as the express bus options, and is cheaper, but involves several transfers. Take the Staten Island Railway to the Staten Island Ferry. Walk from the ferry to Bowling Green for the 4 or 5 trains to Grand Central-42nd Street, and transfer across the platform for the 6 train to 51st Street. Unlike the express buses, which run only during rush hours, this option is available at all times. It will save you the expense of parking at the ferry, since there is no free parking (I think the rates in the parking lot start at $5 and go to $6).

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