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Image of East Village street with apartments, fire escapes and storefronts Funky shops, brownstones and small, unique apartment buildings are classic East Village

This week’s neighborhood focus is on the East Village section of Manhattan. The East Village has been the home of to every kind of individual imaginable: young, old, beatniks, punk rockers, hippies and even today’s yuppies. No matter what you do or where you come from, the East Village will open its doors to you.

The artistic essence that was intrinsic to the area when artists like Iggy Pop and Basquiat, took over is still palpable today, even as the neighborhood has become a friendlier, touristy area. Everywhere you go, art is present. Just a stroll down the street can reveal a number of murals painted by locals.

Many of the buildings found in the East village, particularly within Alphabet City, are tenement apartments that once housed the many immigrant communities that first called the East Village home. These buildings are easily recognizable by their flat brick façade, accentuated by rows of windows. Although at one point considered low-income housing, today these buildings are prime real estate due to their location and because of their uniquely New York architectural style.

RENTAL PRICES

At New York Habitat we offer a range of furnished housing options including full private apartments and rooms for rent in shared apartments all over New York City. So how do you start your housing search? Read on…

Knowing what areas of New York City are within your rent budget is an important step in finding an apartment that fits your needs. Apartment shares are popular among the millennial crowd because they allow you to share the costs of NYC apartment living, plus you get to live with other people which can make life less lonely in a new city, and you can test out a neighborhood and an apartment to see how you like it before making a long-term housing decision. For a little help with deciding what aspects of an apartment or neighborhood would match your lifestyle, check out our blog on the topic to get started!

Financial requirements for typical New York apartment leases usually mean you have to prove you make 40 times the monthly rent. That can be a huge hurdle for many people when apartment hunting, especially new graduates and those just starting out at a new job. Sharing an apartment lessens this burden, as you just have to show you can afford the room’s rent which is substantially lower than a full apartment. You also get to live with some cool people, many of which are locals and can give you tips and advice on living in the area, including insider information on all the best places to go! So how exactly will living in the East Village affect your wallet? The following infographic will break it down for you:

Infographic of room vs apartment prices in the East Village See how room vs apartment prices measure up in the East Village

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Image of bedroom in NY-16457 with two double beds This room has two double beds, perfect for sharing with a friend

Many millennials looking for housing in New York City are turning to apartment shares as a way to handle the rising cost of living in the Big Apple. By sharing apartment expenses you can afford to live in the city and still have spending money to enjoy all that NYC in the winter has to offer.

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Image of neighborhood street in Brooklyn with townhouses and greenery Stroll the lovely townhouse and brownstone lined streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn (Photo Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden www.bbg.org)

This week’s neighborhood focus is on the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, also known by locals as “Bed-Stuy”. Bed-Stuy is a neighborhood that became a hub for African-American families looking for a place to live in the 20’s and 30’s. During this period, many of these families left the South and initially relocated in Harlem, but soon left in order to establish themselves in this Brooklyn neighborhood. The same can be said today, as young professionals and artists are looking to relocate to this unique area. With the arrival of these new tenants, Bed-Stuy is seeing restaurants, bars, and cafés pop up across its streets.

 

One of the biggest draws in the neighborhood is the brownstone homes, some of the cheapest in the New York area. Many of these homes represent various styles of architecture, like Queen Anne and a Romanesque Revival. It is this unique mélange of architectural style that has many residents pushing for the area to be designated as a Historic District.

RENTAL PRICES

Finding the perfect place to call home in NYC means taking into account your housing budget and the type of area and housing that suits you best. At New York Habitat we offer a range of furnished housing options including full private apartments and rooms for rent in shared apartments all over New York City.

We all wish we could live in a beautiful, luxury apartment, perfectly located near our university or work, but sometimes our finances can hamper these dreams of opulence. Knowing what areas of New York you can afford is an important step in finding an apartment that fits your needs. (Don’t worry, the impressive NYC views are always free!) For many millennials, apartment shares (i.e., renting a single room in an apartment) are the way to go! They can help curtail some of the cost associated with moving to New York City and they are a great way to test out an area before making a long-term commitment. But how exactly will living in Bed-Stuy affect your wallet? The following infographic will break it down for you:

Infographic comparison of rent prices for apartments and rooms for rent in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Millennials can save money sharing an apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

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Image of bedroom for rent in apartment NY-16163 with queen size bed, large window and dresser Rent a room in this spacious Harlem apartment share and enjoy the outdoors with Jackie Robinson Park right next door!

An apartment share is a great way to share the costs of living in NYC with one or more roommates, plus it lets you live with a local, which helps smooth the transition of moving to a new city. It also means you will be sharing the apartment and common spaces with your roommate(s), so it’s important to find the right “fit”.

At New York Habitat, our agents always strive to match you with the perfect roommate and apartment. Through our tailor-made service, our agents assess your needs and strive to offer the most compatible living options for you. You can also read our blog on finding an apartment to match your interests to help you better target your apartment search. In each of the blogs in our series on apartment shares we will provide a tip from our agents on finding an apartment share that works for you.

NYH AGENT TIP TO FIND A COMPATIBLE APARTMENT SHARE:

Understand the apartment Guest Policy

If you are sharing an apartment with other people, it’s important to respect each other’s space and privacy. This includes bringing visitors to the apartment. Remember that the owner or tenant you are renting a room from is not legally obligated to allow you to have guests over, so it is important to understand in advance what the guest policy is. Roommates can have very different habits and expectations in this regard so communication is key. Most hosts will try to be accommodating if the frequency or duration of guests isn’t overbearing while others have a strict no overnight guest policy. Agreeing to these terms in advance avoids awkward situations and disputes. Ask whether visitors are allowed at the apartment. Are overnight guests ok? Is there a limit to how often you can have an overnight guest or for how long? Do you need to notify the other roommates in advance? After all, you are sharing a living space and each roommate is entitled to feel comfortable in their home, so be clear about the guest policy from the start for a harmonious co-habitation!

Image of local host Jennifer, who rents out a room in her 2 bedroom Harlem apartment. Share an apartment with Jennifer - a native New Yorker who has plenty of knowledge about NYC to share!

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Image of Harlem streets from above Join us as we discover our next Manhattan neighborhood, Harlem!

What was originally a Dutch farming village, today has transformed into a multi-ethnic neighborhood that has a long history of being a center for cultural and artistic renewal. The Harlem Renaissance was a social and artistic movement in the 1920s that is responsible for developing Harlem into what it is today. It brought the world people like W.E.B. Dubois, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few. Harlem is in a perpetual renaissance; a neighborhood in a constant state of evolution through its art, music, and culture. Today, Harlem continues to be a hot spring for new and emerging artists.

As any resident will tell you, Harlem is THE place to get a cultural experience unlike any other. From food that will transport you to various corners of the globe, to an art scene that will make you believe you’re discovering the next hot artist, Harlem is a neighborhood that will never disappoint. With our help, learn to live like a local in Harlem, and then become one!

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic of room prices in Harlem, Manhattan Apartment shares are an affordable way to live in the trendy neighborhood you want

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Image of living room of NY-16194 opening onto a balcony This apartment share in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has outdoor seating space off the living room

An apartment share is a great way to share the costs of living in NYC with one or more roommates, plus it lets you live with a local, which helps smooth the transition of moving to a new city. It also means you will be sharing the apartment and common spaces with your roommate(s), so it’s important to find the right “fit”. At New York Habitat, our agents always strive to match you with the perfect roommate and apartment. Through our tailor-made service, our agents assess your needs and strive to offer the most compatible living options for you. In each of the blogs in our series on apartment shares we will provide a tip from our agents on finding an apartment share that works for you.

NEW YORK HABITAT AGENT TIP TO FIND A COMPATIBLE APARTMENT SHARE:

Agree on the Use of Common Spaces:

Sharing an apartment means sharing use of some common spaces so find out exactly what areas you will have access to. While bathroom use is a requirement, some apartments have rules about the use of other common areas such as kitchen and living room. Ask if there is full or limited use of these areas so there are no surprises once you move in. If you are limited to just the bedroom you rent and can’t hang out in the living room or have only limited use of the kitchen (during certain hours or for minimal food prep and no actual cooking) this should be stated and agreed to in advance. There are so many options for take out and delivery in NYC that some people have never even used their oven, but if you love to cook, these types of details can be a decision maker.

We’ve all heard realtors talk about location, location, location! An important first step in any apartment hunt is determining the location you want to be in. Do you need to be close to school or a subway line that makes the commute to work easy? The outer boroughs of NYC such as Brooklyn offer many apartment share options because the properties tend to be more spacious with multiple bedrooms. If you’re considering an apartment share in Williamsburg, you can get some initial information searching online or by watching our video below!

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Image of Williamsburg Bridge displaying art exhibit on its beams Head over the bridge from Manhattan and discover Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Welcome to the first in our series of blogs on a popular NYC housing option among the millennial crowd of first time renters, students and new graduates — the apartment share. Each week we’ll be highlighting a neighborhood and giving you an inside look into what it’s truly like to live there with a local roommate. We’ll feature an interview with one of our local apartment share hosts in the neighborhood plus an inside look into the apartment and room for rent with New York Habitat. Our first neighborhood focus is on Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

 

If Portland and New York had a love child, it would be Williamsburg. This Brooklyn neighborhood offers some serious hipster vibes. And while this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it definitely provides an interesting art scene and an exciting nightlife. While prices may be on the rise, this is still a prime area to live for the young college grad. Its close proximity to Manhattan provides one of the easiest commutes.

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic of room prices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Apartment shares are a great way to keep costs down and still live in a trendy neighborhood

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Image of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal train station in NYC Grand Central is one of the main train hubs in NYC giving you access to Westchester and Upstate NY

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps for a reason; home to hundreds of museums, clubs, and restaurants, there is never a lack of things to do here! Many people tend to stay within the confines of Manhattan, but New York’s extensive transportation system gives you access to activities in surrounding boroughs and neighboring states. Read on and discover some exciting day trips you probably didn’t know you could easily take when you rent a furnished apartment in NYC.

1. Atlantic City

Image of people walking on the Atlantic City boardwalk lined with casinos and hotels Buses to Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore depart from Port Authority all day

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Image of brownstone buildings lining a street with colorful fall foliage Fall is the best time of year to visit New York City!

Fall is one of the most magnificent times of year to visit New York City, the weather is cool, Mother Nature provides a vibrant backdrop of colors, and you can comfortably get around the city with fewer crowds and no humidity! There’s just something unexplainable about NYC in the fall that seems to captivate people and inspire songs and movies. Read on and discover our favorite things to do on a crisp autumn day in NYC!

1. Visit the Fall Foliage!

Image of lake in Central Park with fall foliage, a bridge and the skyline Head to one of NYC’s many beautiful parks and enjoy the crisp fall air

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Image of kayaking under the Brooklyn Bridge with city skyline view Relax and enjoy summer in NYC (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse facebook page)

Everyone knows NYC is the city that never sleeps, and once you visit in the summer you’ll understand why! With all the beautiful parks, outdoor events and sidewalk eateries, it’s no wonder New Yorkers stay up long after the sun goes down! Read on and discover our favorite ways to enjoy an endless summer in NYC…

The Essentials

Image of the Brooklyn Bridge and city skyline from Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park is full of summer activities and a great view too!

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