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November 23, 2012

Daniel asks…

What are some options for safe and cheap neighborhoods in NYC?

I am graduating from UCLA in the spring and want to move out to NYC. I’ve only visited so I don’t know the break down of the neighborhoods that well. I’ve been reading the Brooklyn is a great place for cheap places and young people, is this my best bet? And since I live in LA, what would be the best way for me to search for places in NYC?

Administrator answers:

It depends what type of lifestyle you want. Do you want to live right near or in Manhattan? Well then you’ll either be living in a small apartment, in a crummy area, or paying a very high rent. If you can give us a budget, we can help you find a good area.

The further from Manhattan you go, the more value you get for your money in terms of space and/or quality of life (safety).

I hope this information was very helpful.

George asks…

Is it possible to get an apartment in NYC without having a job?

My husband and I are moving to NYC and staying with a relative while we look for jobs and an apartment, we have good credit and enough money saved….will a landlord rent to us if we don’t have a job or have not had one for long?

Administrator answers:

Yes, it is, if you’re willing to compromise and aren’t looking to sign a lease. Just go to Craigslist and look under the “Sublets and Temporary” section or, if you’re willing to live with roommates, then look under the “Rooms/Shared” section as well. Many, many people are looking to sub-lease their place for a few months b/c they are moving away, can’t afford it, have job commitments elsewhere, etc., etc., and New York isn’t exactly a cheap place to be paying for an apartment or room you aren’t physically using. If you can pay up front for 2-3 months, I’m sure you’ll be able find a temporary place and a job, and then you can sign a lease elsewhere in the city when your sublease is up. This is what I did when I moved here–I found a 2-month sublet before I had a job and, by the time the sublet was up, I’d gained employment and found a better place on Craigslist and moved there.

Seriously, Craigslist is the best place to find housing in NYC–it’s really what that site was made for. Brokers and real estate agents charge you money for the same type of places you can find yourself on that website. Plus, after a few weeks or months, you’ll have a much better feeling as to where in the city you want to live.

My advice: don’t move to Staten Island or the Bronx and, unless you’ve ever really wanted to live at your local mall on the day after Thanksgiving, don’t move to Manhattan, either, unless you have lots and lots and lots of disposable income and love crowds. Make a point of visiting neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn until you find one you like. Some of the most popular places to live now are Park Slope, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Fort Greene in Brooklyn, and Astoria, Sunnyside, Hunters Point, and Long Island City in Queens. Look at lots of places before you decide and, better yet, look at lots of places before you’re even ready to move to get an idea of what kind of places are out there that you can afford.

Oh, and there’s always Jersey, too–it’s much cheaper and roomier to live there.

Having said all that, if you want to sign a year-long lease with a landlord without a job, then no, you probably won’t get approved, barring some extraordinary circumstances (e.g. You can pay most of the year’s rent up front or you’re a sought-after rocket scientist or something).

Hope this helps!

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