We Unearthed the 31 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now


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Our hunt this week surfaced quite a few very nice duplexes, including some for around $2,500 and a rare Midtown East retreat with 27-foot ceilings.

A Midtown East duplex with 27-foot beamed ceilings in the great room. Photo: Udor Photography/H5 Property As new apartments hit the market each week, we’ve taken on the job of carefully hunting through various listings sites, newsletters, and Craigslist, to find the very best deals out there. A good deal on a rental apartment, of course, can mean very different things for different people. So as we sorted through hundreds of listings, we kept our eye out for places that are worth their asking price, whether that’s an under $2,000 one-bedroom (that really is a one-bedroom) or a $5,000 three-bedroom duplex, with crown moldings, a massive backyard, and an in-unit washer/dryer.
Our hunt this week surfaced quite a few very nice duplexes, including some for around $2,500 (in Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg) and a newly renovated apartment on the Bed-Stuy–Clinton Hill border with beamed ceilings and three skylights in the upper-level main bedroom. The rarest duplex of them all: a Midtown East retreat with 27-foot ceilings in its Swiss Chalet–esque living room (pictured above).
Our picks are organized by neighborhood in order of ascending price. Didn’t see anything from the neighborhood you’re interested in? We’ll try to include a wide range of locations as new units come up. To keep this list fresh, we’re removing listings that have not been rented after two weeks (and will put an asterisk next to holdovers from the previous week). Check back every week for updated picks. Want to get these deals earlier than everyone else? Sign up for the Listings Edit newsletter, sent to your inbox first thing every Thursday morning.
$2,200*: Brownstone one-bedroom (plus a second, smaller-but-still-windowed room) on an Open Streets block of Jefferson Avenue, with high ceilings, windowed shutters, wall moldings, built-in storage in the hallway, plus a renovated kitchen and (skylit) bathroom.
$2,275: Sunny two-bedroom around the corner from the Nostrand Avenue A/C station with two marble fireplaces, wide-plank wood floors, a checker-tile backsplash and dishwasher in the kitchen, and a relatively spacious bathroom with a very large window.
$2,500: A 900-square-foot duplex (plenty of room for a big sectional and work space in the living room, plus a separate dining room) with a renovated open kitchen (including a range hood, breakfast bar, dishwasher, and washer-dryer); a double vanity in the windowed, updated bathroom; and two skylights.
$2,600: Spacious parlor-floor one-bedroom in a brownstone near the Utica Avenue A/C station with a light, minimalist feel throughout (blond wood floors, white pocket doors, and all-white kitchen and bathroom), plus a Juliet balcony.
$3,600: An 1,850-square-foot renovated three-bedroom, 1.5-bath, just a minute’s walk to the Halsey Street J train with an enormous living room and kitchen (which has a dishwasher, range hood, and lots of cabinets), central A/C, and a large backyard with room for seating and gardening.
$4,900: Beautiful, newly renovated three-bedroom, two-bath corner duplex on the Clinton Hill border with some herringbone floors, tin ceilings, an open kitchen (with full-size stainless-steel appliances, gray-blue Shaker cabinets, subway tile, and butcher-block counters), designer lighting, and a huge primary bedroom with exposed beams and three skylights.
$2,600: Just a neat, true one-bedroom on West 15th Street near Sixth Avenue with an updated kitchen (dishwasher included) and windowed bathroom, plus an exposed-brick wall.
Crown Heights
$3,600*: Corner four-bedroom right across from Brower Park with a renovated kitchen, laundry in the building, and a big private terrace overlooking Kingston Avenue.
East Village/Lower East Side
$3,200: Two-bedroom, 1.5-bath apartment right next to Russ & Daughters (the shop) with a relatively spacious living room (which has some built-in recessed shelves) with an open kitchen and a separate dining or work area to the side.
$4,900: Three-bedroom on East 13th Street (near Union Square) with a separate kitchen (which has a stacked washer-dryer) and plenty of windows.
$12,000*: Architect-renovated two-bedroom, two-bath apartment occupying the entire parlor floor of a 23-by-75-foot townhouse on West 16th Street, with three fireplaces (two of which are wood-burning), two sets of tall glass doors leading to the 300-square-foot main bedroom, and a lovely galley kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances and a built-in breakfast banquet by the window.

$2,700: Bright one-bedroom (plus a windowed office) on Freeman Street with French doors, parquet floors, and laundry in the building.
$3,100: 1,400 square feet (the full floor of a brick townhouse on Morgan Avenue) with two bedrooms and a home office, ten-foot ceilings, a bay window, and original tin ceilings and decorative fireplace.
$5,200*: 1,700-square-foot loft at Freeman and Franklin Streets, with concrete floors in the huge common living area and open kitchen, four bedrooms (each with its own lofted space), and white-painted exposed-brick walls.
$1,595: A sparkling studio on West 120th Street (a leafy brownstone block) with high ceilings, several windows facing back gardens, and an arched doorway to the kitchen.
$2,795: Two-bedroom, 1.5-bath on West 122nd Street (a three-minute walk from the 125th Street 1/2/3 station) fronted by a large bay window with extremely intricate original woodwork and stained glass — meanwhile, the kitchen and bathrooms come updated.
$1,674*: Relatively spacious, rent-stabilized one-bedroom with a windowed eat-in kitchen, right by the 207th Street A train and within walking distance to Metro-North’s Marble Hill station.
$1,700*: Unusually large studio on East 7th Street with lots of windows and distinct areas for sleeping, lounging, and dining, plus an alcove kitchen with some glass-block accents.
Midtown East/Murray Hill
$2,500: Very spacious one-bedroom in Tudor City (that used to rent for $2,800) with direct views of the East River from casement windows in both living spaces, granite countertops in the updated kitchen, two closets by the entryway, and a walk-in closet.
$3,800: A 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom in a townhouse on East 35th Street with 11-foot ceilings, parquet floors, a decorative fireplace, gridded windows, and large closets throughout (plus a laundry room with built-in shelving).
$13,500: Possibly as close to a Swiss chalet as you can get in Manhattan with 1,700 square feet over two floors — the entire top floor being a great room with 27-foot beamed ceilings, huge brick walls, an open kitchen with an island, dining area, and a wood-burning stove, plus a staircase down to an 800-square-foot private backyard with an eight-person hot tub.
$2,895*: Sunny one-bedroom on Bleecker Street (just off Bowery) with an original decorative marble fireplace, two exposed-brick walls, a dishwasher, laundry in the building, and access to a shared and furnished roof deck.
Sunset Park
$1,632: A 750-square-foot rent-stabilized one-bedroom right above Sunset Park with a windowed eat-in kitchen, a bright bathroom, tons of storage, parquet floors, and wall moldings throughout.
Upper East Side
$2,000*: Spacious one-bedroom for the price, with a full-size oven and plenty of windows. On Lexington Avenue (a three-minute walk from the 68th Street 6 train).
$2,655: A just-renovated two-bedroom on York Avenue near East 75th Street, with four windows and tons of recessed lights in the main living area, plus crown molding, exposed-brick walls, a washer-dryer, and white Shaker-style fridge doors that match the rest of the kitchen cabinetry.
$4,500: Three huge bedrooms, two bathrooms, an updated kitchen, and a big private deck in a duplex on East 77th Street at First Avenue.
Upper West Side
$1,795: Spacious townhouse studio (that last rented for $1,950) on West 92nd Street with high ceilings and a separate windowed kitchen with a decent number of cabinets.
$2,000: Large one-bedroom on West 85th Street (less than a block from an entrance to Central Park) with a huge brick wall and decorative fireplace, a relatively spacious kitchen, plenty of storage, and butter-yellow tile in the bathroom.
$3,200 (net effective: $2,954)*: Newly renovated one-bedroom on West 80th Street (right by Riverside Park) with French doors and two cute arched windows, a decorative fireplace, and laundry in the building.
$2,550: Duplex with a private entrance, all-white kitchen and bathroom (which has tons of built-in shelving), and a generous staircase up to the large bedroom with three windows. Just a two-minute walk from the Lorimer Street L train and the Metropolitan Avenue G train.
$3,000: Renovated one-bedroom (plus a bonus room suitable for an office or nursery) sitting between the Graham Avenue and Grand Street L stations with a pitched ceiling in the living room and a windowed eat-in kitchen with a bit of built-in shelving.

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