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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.


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 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”.

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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!


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.


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!

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Collage of Battery Park and view of Freedom Tower and rooftop terrace At the southern tip of Manhattan lays a green oasis.

When you think of New York City images of skyscrapers and bustling Times Square pop into mind, but if you know where to look there’s a whole other side of the city that the typical tourist never sees. Gardens and parks provide a green respite from the hectic pace of big city living. While the masses flock to Central Park, here are some lesser known green spaces to visit when you’re in NYC on a beautiful day. Read the entire story here…»


Image of Riverside Park with trees and greenery Riverside Park

People generally don’t think of New York City as the best place to enjoy nature, but you would be surprised by how many beautiful green spaces there are! Community gardens and farms, many of which used to be nothing more than vacant lots full of trash, balance out the city’s hus-tle and bustle and even produce some fresh local produce. Community gardens are managed and cared for by local residents often in cooperation with public or private organizations and agencies. Why not stay in a furnished apartment or vacation rental near one of these peaceful community gardens and experience the best of both worlds?

1. Morris-Jumel Community Garden – Washington Heights

Nighttime image of tulips and other plants in Morris-Jumel Community Garden See what’s growing at the Morris-Jumel Community Garden.

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Image of exterior of Berg’n Head to this beer and food hall to get some of your Smorgasburg favorites!

Located in central Brooklyn and home to many of the NYC borough’s museums, Crown Heights is known for its cultural diversity. Surrounding the neighborhood are Prospect Heights, Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Crown Heights has a variety of style in its buildings ranging from ornate architecture in some areas to recent constructions on vacant lots. While here, you’ll find no shortage of things to do, from shopping to dining with many activities in between!

Running parallel to Franklin Avenue, one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares, the S train crosses the neighborhood, connecting Prospect Park to the 4/5, 2/3, and C trains. Throughout the past few years Crown Heights has been going through gentrification, an influx of new wealthy residents to the area, bringing increased property values as well as changes in the character and culture of the neighborhood. Read the entire story here…»


Image of graffiti in Bushwick saying “Bushwick” in Mylar balloon style Bushwick is known for its innovative street art and repurposed industrial spaces.

Like many of Brooklyn’s once-undesirable neighborhoods, Bushwick is emerging as one of the hottest new areas for young people to live in New York City. It’s easy to understand why, between the area’s DIY art scene, independent stores and unique amenities.

Before diving in though, a word on geography: Bushwick is a neighborhood of North Brooklyn, bordering hip and rapidly developing Williamsburg to the west, Ridgewood, Queens (Bushwick’s “sister” neighborhood) to the north, and increasingly popular Bedford-Stuyvesant (or Bed-Stuy, as the locals say) to the south. Connecting these different areas are the L train (running to Williamsburg and 14th Street in Manhattan as few as 6 stops away), the J and Z trains (running along the southern border, Broadway, and across the Williamsburg Bridge to the Lower East Side), and the M train (an elevated train on Myrtle Avenue terminating in Ridgewood). Read the entire story here…»


Image of bridge between buildings Experience everything DUMBO has to offer by living like a local!

Just across the bridge from Lower Manhattan, DUMBO offers plenty to do and see for the whole family! In case you weren’t familiar, DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Brooklyn. Keep reading to discover more about this neighborhood and see how the locals live!

Before you start wandering around Brooklyn, get familiar with the area with our video tour of DUMBO, watch part 1 and part 2 now! Read the entire story here…»