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Listen — it’s not like getting an apartment in New York has ever been easy. But one could probably argue that it has never been harder than it is right now. The most god-awful studios are regularly renting for thousands and thousands of dollars with lines of interested tenants out the door. (Meanwhile, the average price of a one-bedroom has shot up to $5,100.) Here, we’ll find the actually-worth-looking-ats, actually-worth-the-costs, and surprisingly-affordable-for-those-parquet-floors from all around the internet. 

Another mixed bag this week. A lot of inventory in Fidi, but all on the higher end, coming in at around $4,000 to $8,000. A lot of great rentals in Sunset Park — some very affordable options in pre-war and or brownstone buildings. And as always, lofts. Because aspirational living is important.

$5,650, 1-bedroom: Yes, expensive, but the amenities look sick. Pool, sauna, the works. Plus arched floor-to-ceiling windows that are … idiosyncratic.

$7,660, 2-bedroom: Okay, there are no pictures of the apartment here, but literally who needs one when you have a bowling alley, a golf simulator, a movie theater, a playroom — the list goes on. The Art Deco lobby isn’t bad either.

$4,700, 1-bedroom: I was intrigued by the odd shape of the apartment as well as the view, but now that I’m reviewing again, I feel like the price by square footage ($800) is a hard discrepancy to swallow.

$5,700, 1-bedroom: Woof. This rendering is giving girlboss in a big way. It’s like a ghost of the Wing past. It’s also pricey, but the building’s nice, the amenities are accounted for, and the location is very central.

$12,500, 3-bedroom: Huge, lofted duplex with way too much exposed brick, and a giant industrial beam (that has big spindle-from–Sleeping Beauty energy)! But the space is oddly configured in an intriguing way.

28 Cliff Street
Photo: Serhant LLC

$11,000 2-bedroom: 2,400 SFOPPB (square feet of pure potential, baby)! Say it with me! Depressingly high price tag, but I don’t make the rules, though I wish I did.

535 Broadway
Photo: Dallien Realty Limited Liability Company

$6,800, 1-bedroom: Don’t trust the rendering, but it does seem like there’s a ziggurat fireplace, which, to me, is the white whale of fireplaces. Other highlights include: three large casement windows, farmhouse-style sink, and a “soaking” tub (what is a tub for if not for soaking?).

$14,490, 3-bedroom: Who can afford this?! If it’s you, you’re welcome.

$12,995, 2-bedroom: Another very high price tag, but maybe you’re as adult as the design of this apartment (the kitchen reno is nice, I think) and have always wanted things like central AC and a(nother!) soaking tub.

$9,750, 2-bedroom: This would be my choice of the week, if I could afford it: It’s an 1,800 square foot loft with two original (nearly) floor-to-ceiling windows, a nicely updated kitchen, and some original finishings throughout.

$9,800, 2-bedroom: Another loft which would not be my first choice because of the soulless reno, but it’s otherwise inoffensive and, thus, maybe perfect for you.

$6,500, 1-bedroom: Completely anesthetized but workable.

$4,200, studio: Maybe living in Tribeca is worth it. If it is, go off — who am I to judge?

$2,275, 1-bedroom: A perfectly nice, updated one-bedroom with traces of its original personality at a great price point. Plus a very Hopper-y view, no?

$2,700, 2-bedroom: Hold up. Bay window, parquet floors and two — count ’em — two bedrooms at that price?

$2,400, 1-bedroom: Another bay-windowed, nicely priced brownstone apartment. Downside is the fake cherry varnish on the floorboards.

$2,300, 2-bedroom: Another perfectly nice, well-priced two bedroom. Am I moving to Sunset Park?

$2,400, 2-bedroom: Definitely the least charming of the bunch, but not terrible.

$2,100, 1-bedroom: Pre-war building, parquet floor, price tag.

$2,299, 1-bedroom: This apartment must have been built at the same time (and by the same person?) as the above, because the two are nearly identical.

$3,400, 1-bedroom: Back to Fort Greene prices, sigh, but this charming apartment, while nothing special, is right on the park and gets great natural light.

$3,200, 3-bedroom: Doesn’t look like a true three-bedroom, but maybe my eyes are ungenerous this morning. Great price if it is. Nothing special. Nothing wrong.

$8,000, 3-bedroom: Also a lot but had to include this because she’s so pretty! Classic brownstone duplex that’s in great condition: nice floorboards, great light, unbeatable location.

This week, I decided to compare two apartments that are on sale in Manhattan in a similar price range (above my budget, but maybe it falls into yours). First, there’s this loft in Fidi. So much about this place speaks to me — for instance, the original double-sash windows that spread out across the living room and give way to views of City Hall Park, and the red-and-blue tiling in the bathroom. I’m not a big roof person — like, you can’t sell me on “roof access” that I’ll probably seldom take advantage of — but I will say the roof situation in this building, a neo-Greco masterpiece, looks pretty gorgeous. The terra-cotta columns, pediments, and panels are on full display from up there!

145 Nassau St.
Photo: Compass

Okay, guess I’m sold, but moving on …. to …. a two-bedroom apartment in my all-time favorite building in Fort Greene. The Lafayette Court apartments are one of the many stunning 1860s Fort Greene townhouses and complexes that bring me to near tears/drool anytime I’m in the neighborhood. The apartment is charming with casement windows, tasteful built-in bookshelves, and a decorative fireplace that trumps all decorative fireplaces (because this one was built in 1886). But while the square footage isn’t listed, it’s safe to say this apartment is not huge. And its ceilings are not high, making its already cozy feel feel even cozier. Hard to say which way I’d go! Which way is the wind moving you?

143 Lafayette Ave.
Photo: Compass

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