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.


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!

Speaking of roommates, you’ll certainly want to know who you will be sharing an apartment with, which is why it’s important to get to know a bit about your potential roommate(s) to ensure the right match. We can put you in touch for a phone or face to face informal meeting with your potential roommate if you request.

Our featured apartment in this blog is a two bedroom apartment share in the Harlem section of Manhattan with Jennifer, one of our friendly New York Habitat hosts! You can get to know more about Jennifer and her Harlem apartment share in our interview and apartment profile below…

1. Can you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I’m a busy mom of a five year old. I’m a native New Yorker; I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I moved to Harlem about 7 years ago.

2. What words best describe the neighborhood?

It has changed a lot. When I moved here 7 years ago, the people that lived here way longer than I did told me how much things have changed. It’s part of the redevelopment that’s happening across the whole city. My building is like a little microcosm of the big city, its family oriented; it’s a lot of young people. Everyone is here. It’s very diverse.

3. What’s the general atmosphere?

Community. It’s very community oriented. People watch out for each other.

4. What do you love most about Harlem?

The history. Jazz. I go to all the different open mics in Harlem.

5. What’s the one place that you love to go to in Harlem?

I like going to Red Rooster for the social. It’s definitely the place for good music and dancing. (You can find more of our recommended spots for great food and entertainment in Harlem in Part 1 of our Millennial Guide to Harlem blog)

6. How did you end up living in Harlem?

The reason why I got here was because I had the opportunity to buy a co-op. It was affordable and I think this is one of the last affordable co-op buildings in Harlem so I was feeling really blessed to be able to jump on this opportunity. Every time I tell someone that I moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan they say to me, “You’re doing the reverse, most people are moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn”. But I’m glad I made the trek.

7. What are some of the highlights about the apartment (i.e., it’s close to a metro, grocery store, surrounded by great restaurants, near a park, etc.)?

I love the fact that I have a washer/dryer and a dishwasher inside the apartment; I love the nooks and crannies, the galley kitchen. It’s small, so I might be outgrowing it, but it’s cozy.

8. What do you enjoy most about sharing your home?

I enjoy just making sure that the person is feeling comfortable. I enjoy telling them about all the different places to go, especially if they are new to New York. I enjoy seeing the excitement when they say “oh I got to go here and there!”

9. Why should a potential renter pick Harlem over other neighborhoods?

It’s in the city. But I feel like Harlem has a lot of history, the amenities are here. A lot of parts of Harlem are changing.

10. Favorite street to stroll in the area?

I like going to an area called Sugar Hill; I love looking at the brownstones. I like driving through 139th St., between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton, it’s a whole bunch of townhouses, but it’s really nice; it makes me feel like I’m not in the city. I love walking by the water down by Riverside Park, I love that area.

Image of living room of NY-16163 with white leather sectional sofa and African art on the walls This modern Harlem apartment share has a 24 hour doorman and in-site gym!

Jennifer’s 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment is located in Harlem near West 148th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in a modern, elevator building with the safety and convenience of a 24-hour doorman! The property is close to Jackie Robinson Park, so you’ll be able to enjoy the fall foliage right nearby, and if you’re into sports you’ll have the option of taking your workout to the park or the super-convenient residential gym right in the building! The spacious shared apartment has parquet floors throughout and its walls are decorated with African-inspired artwork. A white leather sectional sofa provides a comfortable place to lounge in the living room by the flat screen television and an upright piano is available for use by the musically inclined! The room for rent has parquet floors and a window facing east for natural sunlight, along with a cozy queen-sized bed, dresser with mirror, night table, and your own cable TV. There’s also plenty of closet space for your belongings. Amenities in this apartment include a laundry washer/dryer right in the unit and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher where you can prepare meals and enjoy them at the dining table for four or the table and bar stools in the eat-in kitchen for a casual snack spot.

Harlem is a great option for students since Columbia University and City College are nearby, allowing an easy commute to school. (For other apartments convenient for students, check out our blog on apartments near NYC universities.) Harlem is also an affordable option for students and those on a budget if you want to keep your home base within Manhattan without the sky high rent. Retreat to nature among the 13 acres of Jackie Robinson Park, where you’ll find a recreation center, baseball fields, volleyball courts and even an outdoor pool! Fall is upon us and it’s the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors in NYC, if you need some ideas on the best ways to enjoy the fall in the city, visit our blog for inspiration!

For a bit of history (and there’s plenty of that in Harlem), stop by Morris-Jumel Mansion — this historic site is the oldest house in Manhattan and served as a headquarters during the American Revolution! Harlem has always been an epicenter of music, so there’s never a shortage of local talent on display. Head out to some of the neighborhood music venues like Harlem Nights, Shrine World Music Venue and Red Rooster to catch the latest acts on the live music scene, some of which may be your neighbors! Don’t miss out on the thriving local food scene while you’re out by visiting world-renowned eateries like Sylvia’s that specialize in the famous soul food of this area. Then head east and discover all that East Harlem has to offer as well.

If you’re new to New York City, don’t miss our top 10 must see sights in NYC! You can also see our full inventory of other apartment share options on our website. Submit a request online for faster process. Call +1-212-255-8018 if you need assistance with your request and we’ll connect you with one of our apartment share agents to guide you in your housing search!

Related apartment rental posts from New York Habitat:
  1. A Millennial Guide to: Harlem, Manhattan (Part 1)
  2. A Millennial Guide to: Upper West Side, Manhattan (Part 1)
  3. A Millennial Guide To: Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Part 2)
  4. A Millennial Guide to: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (Part 2)
  5. A Millennial Guide to: The Upper West Side (Part 2)


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