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08 September 2010

Can I afford to live in NYC? Help me, New York bunnies![More:]

What can I expect to pay if I want to live in or near NYC (near subway or convenient to PATH train if I had to settle for Jersey)? Is it possible to find a place for less than $1500, including final cost for utilities (incl. internet, but no cable TV necessary). $1200?

I could troll craigslist, but it's hard to tell how scummy these places are (though sometimes you can tell how tiny from the not-so-clever camerawork). Ideally, it'd be a 1BR, no roommate situation (though I'm flexible).
I was able to do it!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 13:08
Oh, in Astoria, I should mention. I think Washington Heights would be another place to think about for that price range.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 13:11
You can get a pretty nice 1 br in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx for about $1000. It usually includes some utilities, if not all. My daughter has a 3br with everything except cable included and she pays 1800 a month (she has a roommate). She even has her own bathroom. Riverdale in the Bronx is also really nice, and is just above Washington Hts/Inwood.
posted by iconomy 08 September | 14:52
I live by myself in a studio at the top of Crown Heights at the top of a 3-story brownstone. Rent + DirecTV DVR + Wifi Internet + Electricity + Gas = $1,140, all together which I pay directly to my landlord. In the winter, this decreases by $25 because I don't need to use my A/C then. It takes approx. 25 to 30 min. to get to downtown NYC for me using the local C train.

A friend of mine lives on the UES near First Avenue in a 1 bedroom at the top of a 5-story walkup (with roof access). He can fit a queen-sized bed into his bedroom, but it's a tight fit, and his appliances need updating. Rent-stabilized, he pays about $1,400, not including utilities. I found that place for him, because travel time to this former job in the Flatiron District was also about 20 min.

*polishes off her real estate license....*
posted by TrishaLynn 08 September | 19:30

But you can live here anyway. It's that kind of place.
posted by jonmc 08 September | 19:35
For $825 a month my buddy in the Bronx lives up on 242nd Street right by Van Cortlandt Park in a nice fifth floor walkup one-bedroom with a tree outside the kitchen window and plenty of light. Of course, he works up there, otherwise it's a fairly long train ride to midtown.

Knock a few hundred off that and you can live lease-free, a ten-minute train ride from midtown, in squalor, where you can share a kitchen and a bathroom with a few stinky old bastards, listen to trains at all hours, and step lively around rat pancakes on the never-cleaned street. There are plenty worse places, I guarantee it.
posted by Hugh Janus 08 September | 20:42
Ugh, I'm worried about my credit, though. I mean, freaking recession here, ppl. I was unemployed for 18 months! Kinda not happy about having to look for a co-signer.
posted by Eideteker 08 September | 21:45
Find a place where you don't need one!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 21:53
I hope I can!
posted by Eideteker 09 September | 10:53
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