So you’re thinking about relocating to the Big Apple. New York is one of the most exciting places to live in the world with endless places to go, things to do and interesting people to meet. But New York can also be expensive and generally many of the rents in Manhattan are sky high and increasing. Apartment hunting in New York can sometimes be frustrating experience.
So what is one to do if you want a piece of the Big Apple for a great price without turning to sublets and roommates? It takes a little ingenuity, lots of planning and research and even a bit of luck to find the perfect pad in a great neighborhood but it is possible. Here’s three ways to find an apartment in New York.
1. Look at Outer Boroughs
Manhattan rents seem to be increasing by the day yet many places in the outer boroughs are overlooked. Check out up and coming neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and even the Bronx. Despite the image they are portrayed in the movies there are charming, safe neighborhoods in many parts of these boroughs. Caroll Garden and Cobble Hill Brooklyn are great alternatives to pricey Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Even Staten Island is a great inexpensive alternative and even though it is a ferry ride away from all the action it is still a good option for inexpensive housing.
Be sure to check out check out listings in local newspapers or at their websites. Visit these areas to make sure they are safe. Even if you don’t live in New York you should plan to schedule a trip to the city so you can actually see the neighborhood first hand and make a better decision.
2. Get Out of Town.
Head across the Hudson and venture into New Jersey, there’s many inexpensive neighborhoods in and around Jersey City which are pleasant and safe. Hoboken is close enough to the city and commute times are reasonable. The area has many great finds waiting to be discovered by apartment hunters. Even though it may not even be in the state of New York, Jersey City is New York’s unofficial sixth borough.
3. Go Online
If your set on living in Manhattan log onto to various free online classified websites and browse through listings. It’s amazing what you’ll find and what neighborhoods you’ll find them in. As always plan a site visit to make check the apartment and area out.
It is possible to find the sun drenched apartment you want at the price you want. With an open mind and a little bit of research and some patience you’ll find perfect place.
Elliot Hanson loves everything about New York. See his 3D map of New York at the New York City Journals and learn a little about the Big Apple.
Source by Eric Hanson
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