In a time of low vacancies and high rents finding a vacant NYC apartment that is affordable, within good subway distance of where you work and which has some of the amentities you want is hard, hard work. Try not to do your apartment hunting in a hurry because while you have to move with lighting speed when you do find what you want, leave yoruself enough time to ask questions and find your feet in the real estate market first.
This video is a great, easily understood guide to the process of NYC apartment hunting: what papers you will need, what questions to ask and how to look after your own best interests. Sadly it is a process where you need to bring your most cynical and untrusting mindset to bear to protect yourself against the scammers and dishonest types eager to fleece you. There are however plenty of honest and reputable landlords and brokers out there too so remain optimistic as well.
The rental report for the March has just been published Zumper Rental Report . Take no comfort that San Francisco is now a more expensive place to rent than NYC because frankly that is only relevant depending on where you want to rent. The report tells us that if you want to live in Nomad you will pay $4,270 a month for a 1 bedroom, in Tribeca it’s $4,200, in West Village it is $3,900 and in Chelsea it is $3,800.
If you want to live in Bushwick it will cost you $2,100 and if your sole criteria is to rent the cheapest apartment you can then you should search in Jackson Heights, Riverdale and Crown Heights because that’s where you will find the cheapest rents of all. Good luck! It’s a jungle out there.