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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!


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.


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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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…»


Photo of Midtown East Midtown East from across the East River

There’s no denying that New York City’s skyline is the most recognized skyline in the world. That skyline would not be the same without the towering icons of Midtown East, including Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations Headquarters and more. This article continues our Live Like A Local series, in which we discuss how to experience New York like a New Yorker. For more from this series, consider checking out our neighborhood tips on nearby Chelsea and vibrant Hell’s Kitchen.

Welcome to Midtown East:

Located east of 5th Avenue and west of the East River between 42nd and 59th Streets, Midtown East is historically one of the most commercial districts in New York. Every day the population fluctuates from 200,000 during the day to just over 40,000 at night. Due to its proximity to Grand Central and its reputation for being the flagship of business it is also hugely convenient. Combined with Midtown West, Midtown East is the largest commercial, entertainment, and media center in the world. Famous residents include fashion icon Ivanka Trump, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, and international supermodel Angie Everhart.

Midtown east is easily accessible via public transit, including multiple bus lines, the Metro-North Railroad, the 4, 5, 6, 7, S, E and M trains, as well as by car via the FDR drive. Don’t worry about timing your visit – there’s something going on all year ‘round! Read the entire story here…»


Image of brownstone steps Central Harlem’s rich history means it is home to the traditional brownstone apartment

Welcome to Central Harlem:

Perhaps no neighborhood in New York can match Harlem for its artistic and cultural output, thanks to the works of its African-American community. The Cotton Club at 142nd and Lenox made icons of bandleader/composer Duke Ellington and singer Lena Horne; activist Marcus Garvey is immortalized by the eponymous park; and famous residents have included the likes of Maya Angelou and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Central Harlem is north of Central Park, south of the Harlem River, west of 5th Avenue and Harlem River Drive, and east of Morningside Park and Edgecombe Avenue (guide to the neighboring districts of Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights here). Although an area of historical significance for centuries (the Continental Army successfully prevented the British from invading New York during the American Revolution), Harlem became world-famous thanks to the period known as the Harlem Renaissance. The era, linked to the 1920s, witnessed an explosion of literature and the arts from the district’s black population. Read the entire story here…»


Image of Greenwich Village street corner This is the kind of charming street corner you’ll often see in Greenwich Village

Jack Kerouac wrote here. Jackson Pollock painted here. Odetta sang here. Greenwich Village – referred to by locals as simply “the Village” – and the West Village have traditionally stood as refuge for New York’s misfits – beatniks, bohemians, artists and the LGBTQ community, to name a few. For decades these enclaves in Lower Manhattan stood at the forefront of the city’s cultural heart: a place where folk music and avant-garde art could thrive. Today, you’ll find many designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and very few bohemians – but the historical impact of these artistic iconoclasts’ lives on.

Welcome to Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Resting in downtown Manhattan, the Greenwich and West Villages are north of Soho, south of Chelsea, west of the Hudson River, and east of the East Village (take a look at our guide to this district here). Once a site of industry, the neighborhood was claimed by New York’s nonconformist crowd and fostered the talents of some of America’s greatest artists. Due to the district’s upscale makeover, most of the remaining artists have been priced out of the Village, but the neighborhood has never forgotten its roots. You’ll find a mix of artsy businesses, concert venues and designer fashions, which sit wedged between beautifully preserved brownstones. Upper class residents – think movie stars and Wall Street businessmen – rub shoulders with hip NYU students. And as with elsewhere in Manhattan, the districts are served by multiple subway lines and bus routes, which means shuttling over to other parts of New York will be a breeze. Our video tour of Greenwich Village will help you visualize the bustling district. Read the entire story here…»