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October 17, 2012

Steven asks…

How is New York City ? is it Expensive?

I’m 15 and i live in Georgia. I have two more years until i graduate high school, and i think its about time that i start thinking about college. I really want to go to Berkeley College In New York City. I want to know where i can find Great Apartments/places to live near the city. i want to see bright lights and have great views. How much does rent cost in the Manhattan area ? or should i live on campus?

i need to know if i can survive there.

is food expensive ?
is the gas expensive ?
cheap but great quality places to live?
are the people friendly and nice there?
and how much do you think my total expenses for moving there will be ?

i really want to get out of georgia and explore new things ..i want to live the great life, and have fun in nyc.


Administrator answers:

It is very expensive to live in Manhattan, unless you live in the ghetto. You’d have to live in the outer boroughs or in NJ and commute to school to find an affordable place.

NYC has a great mass transit system, so you might not even need a car.

Groceries actually aren’t too expensive if you go to a good supermarket.

I hope this information was very helpful.

George asks…

Tips on moving to new york…. please everyone answer?

I live in los angeles and am planning on moving to new york within the next year. I just need as many tips and info as possible to help me out. Things like which neighborhoods are safe, cheap, pricy, dangerous, etc… the average rent

Anything from people who have move to NY may have learned or regreted…. how much money did you save up before moving? How hard was it to find an apartment?

Just tell me any useful info, good resources, things to plan for, things to avoid…. ANYTHING!

Thank you very much.

Administrator answers:

I would very highly suggest you have a job secured in the City before you take the plunge and move here, just because it is so expensive and quite honestly you’d need several thousand saved in order to survive for the couple of months it will take you to go through the hiring and offer process. A steady paycheck is a precious commodity here.

I’d suggest resigning yourself to living with a roommate. Expect to pay at least $1000 a month in rent with a roommate in Manhattan, and be more prepared to spend something like $1200. This will get you a modest sized apartment in a decent neighborhood. Although, to prepare you, “modest” in NY means your bedroom will probably be about 8 x 10 and may or may not have a window. It’s definitely an adjustment.

I would suggest looking on Craigslist for roommates. NYC has such a transient young population it will be relatively easy to find a place where someone else has already established themselves a bit, saving yourself a lot of nasty move-in costs. But you’ll still need to have first months rent + security. If that first situation is not ideal, you can always look for something better once you have your bearings a bit. (That’s not to say take the first terrible thing that comes up!)

Most people won’t start looking for a replacement until the month before. (ie, if you want to move 10/1 most people will start posting 9/1). That’s not to say you won’t get lucky. I once filled my apartment for 3/1 in early December.

Places to Look:


UES (Below 100, Lexinton Avenue to the E River)
Young post-college, some family, more affordable the closer to the river you get but far from the subway. A little more space for your $$.

Midtown East (40s-50s-early 60s)
Mostly businesses, loud, crowded.

Murray Hill ( E30s) Gramercy (E20s)
Expensive, very young and post college

E Village (East Teens)
Hipster, still some good deals to be had especially in Alphabet City (but far from the subway), don’t expect to get a lot of space for your $$.

LES (Below Houston)
Hipster, still up and coming, some rough areas, becoming more expensive but affordable.

Financial (Wall Street)
Quiet, little atmosphere/neighborhood haunts, everything shuts down around 8pm, but you will get some awesome amenities, views, and space for your $$. Oh its also far from EVERYTHING.

W Village
Trendy. Expensive. Don’t bother – you’ll end up with a $3,000 closet unless you find the sweetheart deal of the century.

Midtown West
Some of the best deals to be had in Manhattan right now but a little remote.

A little bit more family oriented than the UES but some good deals to be had there as well.


Long Island City, Queens
easy commute, up and coming, some good deals to be had

Astoria, Queens
GREAT deals but… I don’t know check it out and see if it’s for you.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Up and coming, hipster, some good deals getting more expensive

Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Ft. Green, Brooklyn (parts of) Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (parts of)
Family but still young, expensive but a lot more space for your $$

Anything else and you’re living either in the ghetto or very family zone.

New Jersey:

Expensive but a lot more space for your $$, post-college

Jersey City
Some good areas, some terrible areas. Affordable. But you need to be careful.

Wow, I just wrote a book.

Charles asks…

summer rental in new york?

I am going to america next summer with three friends and I am looking for an apartment/house to rent for the summer months(June-August). Any sites I have looked at so far are offering crazy holiday apartment prices and I was wondering if anyone knew of any sites or places I can look at to get something cheaper, we plan to work for the three months and so we will be able to pay for the rent but if we cant find anything at a suitable price we would be safer going for a shorter time and staying in a hotel. Any help would really be appriciated, Im not looking for anything posh or in the city itselt, im open to all areas with handy access to the city.
Yes I am aware of the necessary visas required, i have visited the US on numerous occasions. I will be working through the JI programme. Thanks for the concern though.

Administrator answers:

This jumped out at me

“we plan to work for the three months and so we will be able to pay for the rent but if we cant find anything at a suitable price we would be safer going for a shorter time and staying in a hotel.”

I must assume you have no problem acquiring the necessary visas to allow you to work in the US as a foreign national. As I am sure you are aware, you can visit the US for up to 90 days on the visa waiver program but you and not allowed to work. In fact, upon initial arrival in the US, if the US Immigration officer even suspects that you intend to violate the terms of your visa or visa waiver you will not even get out of the airport.
If you apply for a visa, you may or may not be granted one. There is no such thing as a casual work visa so you will apply for a tourist visa (no work allowed), a student exchange visa (work restrictions along with study) or you need to be sponsored for a work visa.
There are programs available to do the student exchange that can help you with jobs and accom but they cost money.

Please do not break the law when you arrive. Thanks.

Maria asks…

Heat in my apartment.I am in New York?

The temperature is only in the 40′s very cold for this time of year. I am out of work and Was 2 months behind in my rent, my church thru St vincents de Paul was able to get my landlord the 2 mos rent for me . Hopefully I will be able to keep it up. I am looking for a cheaper place but with no job no one will rent to me so I need a job so I can move but anyhow my apt is only 59degrees I cant sleep because its too cold. I called my landlord at 830pm last night to say the heat is not working in my apt -i rent in a 2 family house but she never called me back or Turned on the Heat. I will say something today but as of oct 15 I know the heat has to be on. this is the 1st apt i have ever had without my own therostate.(spelled it wrong i know). what are the laws I know she is not happy with me. its not my fault i lost a job i loved. i look and go on interviews every day but nothing so far. i was so desperate to get her money i got it from the church. question can she withhold heat due to non payment of rent or me being late?

Administrator answers:

I was a landlord once so I have been down the road of trying to get my tenant out (that is what they are doing) but they are breaking the law. Keep in mind, when you don’t pay – they still have to pay their mortgage and bills. It gets frustrating for both of you. Anyways, you did not specifically say where in new york…but here is the link for the city…if you are outside the city perhaps they can give you the number..

“By law, residential owners must provide adequate heat between October 1 and May 31. During this period, between 6:00 a.m. And 10:00 p.m., if the outside temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, owners must heat apartments to at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Between 10:00 p.m. And 6:00 a.m., if the outside temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, owners must heat apartments to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Owners must also provide hot water at a minimum constant temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

Tenants whose building owners fail to provide adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the owner or building manager about the problem. If an owner does not restore heat and hot water, tenants should then call the City’s Citizen Service Center at 311, open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to lodge a complaint (311 can be accessed outside of New York City by dialing (212) NEW YORK).”

Good luck in your job search :-) There are so many folks out of work right now. Your landlord should be more understanding.

Ken asks…

Are there any “get rich quick” schemes that work?

My two friends and I had a cool idea to go to New York and rent out a cheap furnished apartment during the summer of 2012. We’re only 15 now and would be 17 then. It would only be for around 2 months, but New York is expensive and we’d need like $20,000 to cover all expenses for the summer. Is there anything that has been proven to work that allows someone to make a lot of money in a brief amount of time like 19 months? We could only have actual jobs during the summer of 2011 because of school, and even then we’d only be making like $1,000 each. Any thoughts?

Btw we know this is rediculous but it would be so epic to pull off lol

Administrator answers:

No, there aren’t any get rich quick schemes that work. Most are scams that just separate foolish, greedy people from their money.

Secondly, your summer plans have a lot of holes. No one is going to rent an apartment to 17 year olds. You must be 18 to legally sign contracts and New York landlords are not crazy enough to rent apartments without leases …. Or to a group of underage teenagers. It is also very unlikely that you would be able to find an apartment for only two months. Besides, there is no such thing as a CHEAP funished apartment in New York.

Joseph asks…

Cheap places in key west?? 2 students?

What are the laws regarding renting an apartment for vacation in Key West, Florida?

I know that in new york it is illegal to rent an apartment for short term or sublet or something??

Anyone know of cheap good places to stay for 2 weeks from june 15th until june 29th in key wesT??


Administrator answers:

Go to and check out the local paper. Many people advertise their apartments and rooms for rent there. Many also advertise on craigslist. Most likley you will be able to find something that will meet your needs. It is not unusual for people to rent for a couple of weeks here.

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