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Image of a group of young roommates playing music together in a shared apartment. You can make instant friends in a communal apartment!

For many, the prospect of moving to New York is equal parts exciting and daunting. Often, those who choose to take the leap leave behind a hometown that is a lot quieter, smaller, or less densely populated than New York City. They may also leave behind a group of friends, family, or just an established place in their local community. Though a fresh start can be exciting, many newcomers to the city, especially millennials, seek a living situation that will provide them with both emotional and financial security. Enter the latest rental trend that’s revolutionizing the apartment industry: communal apartments.

First, the definition: In a communal apartment, an apartment owner rents each individual room with an individual lease for the tenant. A tenant in a communal apartment will have a bedroom to his or herself, and will enjoy access to a shared living area, often including kitchen facilities and a shared bathroom.

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While maybe not as well-known as the famous Williamsburg, Bushwick is a neighborhood on the rise. As rental prices continue to rise across the city, this northern Brooklyn neighborhood is becoming the new “it” place to live for young professionals and artists. Aside from the recent millennial wave, Bushwick has traditionally been an immigrant community, particularly for Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Compromising over half of the area’s population, these residents have given Bushwick an authentic Latin flare. As most Brooklyn neighborhoods do, Bushwick has a wide variety of housing options, from multifamily walkup buildings with railroad apartments to rows of the quintessential New York brownstone. More recently, the revitalization of the area has brought with it the development of modern, 21st century condos. No matter the type of accommodation you are looking for, now is the time to consider renting in this up-and-coming neighborhood!


Infographic comparison of the prices of rooms and full apartments in Bushwick Brooklyn See how room rentals and apartment rentals compare in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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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 winter in NYC 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

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.

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Image of NYC skyline from terrace Brooklyn is home to live music of all genres, so head out and discover a new artist or venue!

No city compares to NYC when it comes to enjoying live music, whether you’re at a bar, concert venue, or café. There are countless places to hear some music while you enjoy some drinks or dance the night away. But before you head out on the town, keep reading to find out our top apartment picks for all you live music lovers out there! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Overlooking the East River, Williamsburg is a hip neighborhood and full of vitality

Brooklyn has always marched to the beat of its own drum, with a rich array of cultural enclaves, artistic and architectural triumphs and outdoor attractions separate from its New York siblings. (Check out this Brooklyn guide for further proof.) Recent years, however, have intensified the borough’s popularity. Although the neighborhood of Williamsburg has existed since the early 19th century, the past decade has made it the poster child for Brooklyn’s widespread recognition.

Welcome to Williamsburg, in Brooklyn

Williamsburg lies in the westernmost area of Brooklyn. It is situated north of Bedford-Stuyvesant, south of Greenpoint, west of Bushwick, and east of the East River. Originally an industrial epicenter, Williamsburg is now associated with the hipster and indie music scenes. Like much of Manhattan, the borough abounds with celebrities, from current residents like actors Ed Westwick and Zoe Kravitz to those born or raised in the neighborhood pre-reinvention, like author Henry Miller, award-winning star Barbra Streisand, and singer Barry Manilow.

Williamsburg’s proximity to Manhattan makes it an attractive option for anyone living in the city. The Williamsburg Bridge connects the Brooklyn district to the Lower East Side of Manhattan (discover our neighborhood guide of the Lower East Side) while multiple subway lines run underneath the neighborhood. When staying in New York City, don’t rule out the outer boroughs – Williamsburg might just be the perfect fit for you! Read the entire story here…»


Picture of brownstones in Park Slope, Brooklyn Classic brownstone houses in Brooklyn’s Park Slope

Whether you’re coming to New York City for a short holiday or you’re planning to stay a little longer, Brooklyn is a fantastic alternative to Manhattan when it comes to accommodation. Not only are the housing prices lower, but by staying in one of Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods you’ll also be able to feel like a true local in New York City instead of just a tourist. Not to mention that the neighborhoods in Brooklyn are often much greener, prettier and at least as safe as those in Manhattan. Park Slope is one Brooklyn neighborhood that combines all these great characteristics. Read the entire story here…»


Image of brownstone houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Typical Brooklyn brownstone houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Whether it be for a holiday or a place to live, New York City has always been a very attractive destination. People traveling to the city sometimes have a tendency to think of New York City and Manhattan as the same thing. Luckily, in recent years more and more visitors have started to explore the other boroughs in New York City as well. Brooklyn in particular has gone through a true revival. Neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, DUMBO and Vinegar Hill have been recognized as both great holiday destinations and as wonderful locations to live. Still, some other thriving neighborhoods in the center of Brooklyn have missed out on this new attention given to Brooklyn.

That’s why in this article we’ll highlight Bedford-Stuyvesant, and show you all the great perks of staying here during your holiday or on a longer visit to New York City! Read the entire story here…»


Bargemusic Logo Bargemusic Logo

These days we hear so much about Brooklyn’s storied renaissance that it’s sometimes easy to forget about the people and institutions who laid the groundwork for the borough’s spectacular resurgence in the last decade-plus.

One such pioneering organization is Bargemusic, “the floating concert hall,” which for the last 35 years has been presenting chamber music concerts inside an old coffee barge docked on the East River, at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons stroll up a gangplank into an inviting wood-paneled room, seating approximately 175 people, where they can enjoy both resonant acoustics and a stunning view of lower Manhattan right across the river. (The gently swaying motion as you sit and listen to, say, a Beethoven string quartet is another bonus, depending on taste.) Read the entire story here…»


In this video tour of New York we’re going to continue to explore the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights.

This is the second of our two-part series on this fantastic New York neighborhood located in the Borough of Brooklyn.  Make sure to watch the first part of our Video Tour of Brooklyn Heights.

Video tour of Brooklyn Heights, New York: Part 2 (7:39)

Brooklyn Heights is located just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Lower Manhattan.

Montague Street

Montague Street  is the neighborhood’s “main” retail street and is lined with cafes and shops.

Many of the buildings along Montague Street have beautiful architectural details, like wrought iron railings. The church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, at the corner of Clinton Street, is a national historic landmark dating back to 1844 and is known for its elaborate stained glass windows.

Brooklyn used to be called the “city of churches,” so there are many spires to be seen here. Read the entire story here…»