Best New York neighborhoods for your first apartment
Even if you’ve dreamed about moving to NYC, it can be tricky picking the location for your first apartment. There are tons of neighborhoods, and each has its own look and culture. How do you know where you should live first? For starters, have a look at the list below. These are some of the best New York neighborhoods for your first apartment.
A hidden gem in Queens, Sunnyside is already known for its diverse cuisine options. The assortment of restaurants showcases the variety of communities in the neighborhood, which also rings true for nearby Astoria and Greenpoint. Apartment prices are low, for NYC, anyway, (so the $2,000 range for a one-bedroom unit is a steal), and transportation into Brooklyn and Manhattan is incredibly easy. If you’re moving to NYC to partake in the city’s theater scene, knowing that Times Square is less than 30 minutes away (via the 7 train) might make Sunnyside the place for you.
This neighborhood borders Prospect Park and is home to several prominent museums, including the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Weeksville Heritage Center. Plus, with the proximity of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and several major avenues – Atlantic Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and Nostrand Avenue to start – Crown Heights is the center of a lot of Brooklyn-focused activity. There are several nearby train lines (including the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, and S), making it easy to travel into other boroughs, but Crown Heights has so much worth exploring that you might find yourself never needing to leave Brooklyn. Rents for a one-bedroom apartment start in the $1,800 per month range.
If you’re moving to New York and interested in living in Manhattan and don’t have specific cultural requirements for your future neighborhood, Murray Hill could be the best option for you. It’s a bargain for living in the city. A studio apartment without a doorman averages around $2,500 per month, and some one-bedrooms come in under the $3,000 mark), plus, access to the 4-5-6 trains means that you’ll be able to travel up and down the East Side quickly and easily. Also, you’ll be within walking distance of Bryant Park and the main New York Public Library Building, so you’ll always have a quiet place to spend your weekend.
If you’re moving to New York and like being ahead of trends, move to Hamilton Heights ASAP. The neighborhood (Hamilton Heights) within a neighborhood (Harlem) has gorgeous brownstones for surprisingly affordable prices. The New York Post declared that Hamilton Heights is home to the new Harlem Renaissance, with restaurants and art galleries becoming more prominent than ever. Notable dining choices include The Handpulled Noodle and The Grange Bar & Eatery. Just hop the 1 train and head north. One-bedroom apartments start around $1,750 per month.
Are you fascinated by Brooklyn’s hipster scene, but don’t want to fully immerse yourself until you’ve tested the waters? Ridgewood, Queens – adjacent to Williamsburg and Bushwick – provides easy access to hip locales in Brooklyn and Queens, and has a great sense of community courtesy of its neighborhood centers and services. (And better apartment prices – the average price of a one-bedroom unit ranges between $1,500 and 2,000 per month). It’s not close to Midtown Manhattan, but the subway makes it easy to travel between Brooklyn and Queens.
Who says you can’t have a backyard in New York City? This neighborhood in Queens is known for historic housing (as opposed to the new high-rises that are increasingly added to Brooklyn and Manhattan), and many of these rental apartments and co-ops come with resident-only private gardens. Green space and the area’s schools make it an attractive place for families, couples, and those who prefer a quieter version of New York. Jackson Heights also has the benefits of population diversity like the rest of its borough – making the neighborhood as friendly as it is affordable. One-bedrooms start around $1,700 per month.
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