We Unearthed the 35 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now
This Clinton Hill one-bedroom with a fireplace and chandelier is also rent-stabilized. | Courtesy Robert Bell/Compass
A suspiciously affordable true one-bedroom on Eldridge Street and a duplex in Bed-Stuy with cherry trees in the backyard.
As the city reopens and apartments start to flood the market again, we’ve taken on the job of carefully hunting through various listings sites, newsletters, and Craigslist, to find the very best deals out there. A good deal on a rental apartment, of course, can mean very different things for different people. So as we sorted through hundreds of listings, we kept our eyes out for places that are worth their asking price, whether that’s a one-bedroom under $2,000 (that really is a one-bedroom) or a $5,000 three-bedroom duplex with crown moldings, a massive backyard, and an in-unit washer/dryer.
This week, we found a bunch of one-bedrooms with desirable details like fireplaces, exposed brick, and beams in typically expensive neighborhoods like Boerum Hill and Lenox Hill, renting for several hundred dollars less than they would normally in the low $2,000s. This makes sense, according to Curbed’s resident data expert Jeff Andrews. “An inventory spike while leasing activity remains substantially down compared to last year means a downward pressure on rents,” he says. “Rentals are more responsive to short-term changes than for-sale units so you are actually seeing rents pull back.”
Our picks are organized by neighborhood in order of ascending price. Didn’t see anything from the neighborhood you’re interested in? We’ll try to include as wide a range of locations as new units come up. Good deals tend to go fast, so check back here frequently for updated listings.
$3,150: Duplex with 850-square-foot garden (with plum, apple, and cherry trees), a very tastefully renovated kitchen, and an abundance of original moldings.
$5,200: Four-story renovated townhouse with with a private deck and a private garden, central AC, an eat-in kitchen with a marble island and a Wolf stove, and at least one oil painting of John Travolta.
Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens
$2,250: One-bedroom with exposed brick and beams (and central AC) near all the trains.
$2,800: Floor-through one-bedroom with an office and French doors.
$2,800: One-bedroom with separate kitchen, office, and laundry (plus a fireplace, and some original moldings).
$9,000: 2,025-square-foot three-bedroom, three-bath (with a backyard, balcony, and working fireplace) on a particularly charming street.
$2,395: One-bedroom beneath the High Line with 13-foot ceilings.
Chinatown/Lower East Side/Two Bridges
$2,099: Exceedingly well-priced compact (but true) one-bedroom with floating shelves on Eldridge Street.
$2,500: Giant (and recently renovated) one-bedroom with a dishwasher on Allen.
$2,700: Two-bedroom with big windows and evenly sized rooms.
$2,795: Two-bedroom with beamed ceilings, one and a half bathrooms, and a dishwasher.
$2,900: Two-bedroom walk-up a block from Mission Chinese with 12 windows, a washer/dryer, and an extra office (or walk-in closet).
Clinton Hill/Fort Greene
$2,150: Unusually cheap one-bedroom with original moldings and substantial backyard.
$2,222: Large living area with fireplace and chandelier, small bedroom on leafy brownstone street (rent-stabilized!).
$2,450: Brownstone two-bedroom with “study alcove.”
$3,300: Two-bedroom right off Fort Greene Park with roof access, central A/C, and a dishwasher.
$3,395: A recently renovated two-bedroom (each room can fit a king-size bed).
$1,835: One-bedroom with hardwood floors and stainless-steel appliances.
$2,750: Three-bedroom with ten-foot ceilings and french doors.
$2,500: Bright, equal-sized two-bedroom overlooking Central Park.
$2,620: Spacious no-fee one-bedroom near Grand Central with built-ins, and a dishwasher.
$4,200: Three-bedroom zoned for PS 321 with stained-glass windows, pocket shutters, high ceilings, built-in bookshelves, and a dishwasher.
Prospect Lefferts Garden
$2,650: Floor-through two-bedroom two blocks from Prospect Park with a separate kitchen and den (and a stained-glass skylight).
$1,895: One-bedroom in pre-war building with courtyard garden entrance.
$3,200: Gut-renovated three-bedroom steps to the 7 train.
Upper East Side
$1,900: Under $2,000 one-bedroom on very fancy stretch of 72nd Street with with fireplace and hardwood floors.
$2,275: Large one-bedroom one block from the 6 train (and around the corner from Citarella).
$2,950: Bright, ground-floor two-bedroom with a private patio and suburban storage shed.
Upper West Side
$2,429: Central Park–adjacent one-bedroom with an unusually ornate fireplace.
$2,500: And a similarly located third-floor walk-up with pocket windows.
$2,800: Beamed-ceiling Horatio Street studio with a renovated bathroom and a large shared backyard.
$3,281: Bright two-bedroom on Bedford Street exposed brick and updated appliances.
$2,549: Simple floor-through one-bedroom with spacious kitchen.
$3,600: Floor-through two-bedroom on Berry and South 1st with built-in storage, updated kitchen.
$3,106: A rather low price for a one-bedroom with a renovated kitchen on North Moore.
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