As vacant apartments continue to flood the market, 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.
This time around, we discovered a bunch of rather nice studios and one-bedrooms priced under $2,000, including a Greenpoint spot for $1,650, and a particularly ornate, rent-stabilized Upper West Side studio less than a block from Central Park for $1,839. We also found a drove of unusually affordable, not-so-teeny-tiny options in the West Village, including this spacious one-bedroom on West 11th, which has pretty French doors and a checkered kitchen floor.
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 as wide a 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.
$2,300*: A giant bedroom with a floor-to-ceiling exposed brick fireplace, and an equally spacious living room with wainscoting and another fireplace, plus an office leading out to a 50-foot-deep private garden, some of which is paved with stone.
$2,395*: A large brownstone bedroom plus a bonus office or closet near the Myrtle-Willoughby Avenue G train, with crown moldings, herringbone floors, two walls of exposed brick, and a separate windowed kitchen.
$2,500: 1,000-square-foot brownstone one-bedroom near the Utica Avenue A-train with a ton of exposed brick, moldings, and a grand decorative fireplace in the living room, a huge kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space, plus a large private rear deck with raised garden beds.
$2,550: Floor-through garden one-bedroom on a sweet, brownstone-saturated stretch of Putnam Avenue, with a private entrance and patio, plus wainscoting and a decorative fireplace that look especially lovely with whitewashed parquet floors. Plus, no orange-y grained cabinets to be found (in the kitchen, bathroom, or otherwise).
$2,850*: Architect-designer couple’s totally monochrome two-bedroom renovation (including an all-black kitchen), with the exception of a bathroom tiled in emerald green.
$3,400: Two-bedroom in an ivy-covered brownstone just off Bedford Avenue with full-sized appliances and an island in the open kitchen, a clawfoot tub, and efficiently placed balcony accessible by both bedrooms.
Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill
$2,499: Brownstone two-bedroom with especially tall living-room windows on a block of Degraw Street with mostly brick townhouses, renting for $500 below 2018 prices.
$3,200: A ton of period details (arched doorways, French doors, moldings, ceiling medallion with chandelier) in a third-floor brownstone on Clinton Avenue with a king-size bedroom, plus an office or nursery, and a separate dining room.
$3,550*: Corner two-bedroom next to Cobble Hill Park with a rather large living room, white mantel, and an updated kitchen with minimalist Scandi vibes (sleek white storage, gridded floors).
$1,950 (net effective: $1,625)*: Bright studio with a separate, updated kitchen (a window and dishwasher included) just a minute from 2/3 trains and a three-minute walk to a Brooklyn Heights Promenade entrance.
$3,000: Generously sized townhouse two-bedroom with access to a particularly elaborate backyard garden (with a large variety of greenery and raised seating areas against a stone wall), on a quaint stretch of Joraelmon Street paved with Belgian blocks (just half-a-block to Brooklyn Bridge Park).
$2,895*: One-bedroom with a decked out kitchen (there’s even a tiny wine cooler) in a lovely four-story brick building next to a block-long park.
$3,993 (net effective: $3,660)*: Massive floor-through loft that has two skylights in the bedroom and full-size stainless steel appliances, on 6th Avenue edging on Nomad and Koreatown.
Chinatown/Lower East Side/Two Bridges
$1,995*: Rent-stabilized unit on St. James Place with a queen- and twin-size bedroom (or office), and a separate windowed kitchen (nothing fancy but more spacious than you’d expect).
$2,000*: They describe this Delancey Street spot as a studio, but there’s a separate kitchen, a windowed room full of built-ins (a storage platform for a bed, desk, dresser, and shelves), and another bigger room with two windows, some exposed brick, and tons more built-in shelving.
$2,200 (net effective: $1,925): Second-floor queen-size two-bedroom above Contra on Orchard Street (and around the corner from the Delancey Street J/M/Z trains) with plenty of windows and closets.
$2,000*: Mott Street two-bedroom with exposed brick in every room and a warmly updated kitchen featuring honey-colored cabinets, and white subway tile and counters.
$2,795: 1,000-square-foot gut-renovated duplex that kept original beams and brick (there’s a lot of it in all three bedrooms) and includes 1.5 baths and a washer-dryer, just below the Manhattan Bridge.
Clinton Hill/Fort Greene
$2,375*: 800-square-foot top-floor brownstone unit with huge windows and a decorative fireplace in both the living room and bedroom, on Dekalb Avenue five minutes from Fort Greene Park.
$2,800: Three true bedrooms (each with a sizable closet) and a spacious open living area and kitchen (dishwasher included) on the top floor of a three-story brick building near Barclays Center
$3,150: Garden king-size one-bedroom a block and a half from Fort Greene Park, with a huge kitchen (and an oven flanked by exposed brick wall), wide-plank floors, marble fireplace, tin ceilings, a bonus office nook, and access to an 800-square-foot private garden with a stone patio, multiple trees, and heat lamps for the winter.
Crown Heights/Prospect Heights
$1,600: Huge one-bedroom with lovely moldings throughout, new stainless steel appliances, and a big window in the bathroom, on a stretch of Schenectady Avenue currently designated an Open Street.
$1,895: Very tidy one-bedroom with bay windows overlooking Eastern Parkway, in a corner townhouse just a block away from the Nostrand Avenue 3 train.
$3,250: Sunny 900-square-foot two-bedroom plus an office on Vanderbilt Avenue (a minute or two from Alta Calidad and a Van Leeuwen) with a dark mantle, crown moldings, and wooden shutters.
$4,795 (net effective: $3,596): Three months free on a penthouse on Court Street just above Atlantic Avenue, with 20-foot ceilings, an entire wall of windows, and a big private roof deck.
$2,394 (net effective: $1,995)*: Two queen-size bedrooms and decorative fireplaces in a unit on St. Marks near Astor Place that had been asking for over $3,000 since 2012.
$2,495: A sixth-floor walk-up worth the trek: it’s located right on Second Avenue, just above the F train at Houston Street, has a washer/dryer, a wall of white-painted brick with sleek built-in open shelving, and an unusually spacious kitchen with a breakfast bar, window, and dishwasher.
$1,650: One of the lowest-priced studios in the area right now with a surprisingly big separate kitchen and two large street-facing windows just a block to McGolrick Park.
$2,200: Four rooms (measuring nearly 1,000 square feet) in a railroad style unit with moldings, a white-painted brick mantel, and pretty big openings that spread around the light, just a three-minute walk to McCarren Park.
Greenwich Village/West Village
$2,100: One-bedroom on Thompson Street that’s relatively spacious for the price, featuring a wide galley kitchen with an eat-in area and a long entryway.
2,495: An unusually bright and airy studio with three massive windows (and two smaller ones) in the living area, which also includes a built-in Murphy bed, right on Bleecker Street.
$2,700 (net effective: $2,495): Fifth-floor walk-up one bedroom on Washington Place that has windows in every room (with garden and skyline views) and enough space to squeeze in a work area in the living area and built-in breakfast bar that seats three.
$2,800: One-bedroom on the third floor of a West 11th Street townhouse with French doors and a particularly pretty kitchen (it has checkered floors, a lot of cabinets for the space, and a tall window).
$3,150*: A 5th-floor walk-up but this one-bedroom on Leroy Street has more or less everything one would hope for: south-facing windows, exposed brick, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, and dishwasher.
$3,500: True two-bedroom with full-size appliances and Empire State Building views (that has apparently stayed in the same friend group for nine years), now leasing for $650 less than what the last tenant paid.
$4,300 (net effective: $3,584): An actually spacious three-bedroom on Houston Street with a dishwasher and a rare back balcony that overlooks the lush courtyard garden behind all the colorful townhouses of the MacDougal Sullivan Gardens Historic District.
$3,900 (net effective: $2,925)*: Two Queen-size bedrooms, French doors, shiny parquet floors, and a windowed galley kitchen.
$1,700: One small bedroom (it’s really a sleeping alcove but nicely enclosed with French doors and a transom window) but a huge living room that comes with exposed brick, a fireplace, and crown moldings.
$2,750: Super charming floor-through two-bedroom in a brownstone, with moldings in every room, two fireplaces, and an original clawfoot tub in an especially bright and large bathroom.
$1,450*: Tudor City studio with casement windows, exposed beams, and a rather cleverly integrated Murphy bed that doesn’t actually take up the whole living space.
$1,997: A lot of space for the price with a separate windowed kitchen, plus moldings and parquet floors in the living room and bedroom.
$2,135*: A well-lit not-so-studio studio (the living, sleeping, and kitchen areas are all separated) on the second floor of a brownstone a block-and-a-half from Prospect Park.
$2,350*: Small but efficient one-bedroom right next to the park on Montgomery Place that comes with a private 150-square-foot patio in the back.
$2,700: One-bedroom near the Gowanus border that comes with an alcove office (enclosed by a barn door), white window shutters, original wide-plank floors, plus a private deck with bench seating built in.
$2,800: Corner unit on the south end of Prospect Park West, with an open kitchen big enough for a double-door fridge (and packed to the ceiling with storage) and a similarly spacious living room and bedroom.
$4,500*: Renovated two-bed, two-bath on Degraw St right off Fifth Avenue with an especially lovely open living area fronted by bay windows, white-painted exposed brick, and marble bathroom floors with honey-colored veining rather than the usual gray streaks.
$1,995: Two plain but decently sized bedrooms with big windows in an elevator building, literally directly across the street from a Prospect Park entrance (and a four-minute walk to the Parkside Avenue Q train).
$2,800*: Queen- and full-size bedrooms, plus an open kitchen with ample cabinets and a Caesarstone peninsula (which fits two seats) across the street from Prospect Park.
$2,250: Plenty of sun in a converted one-bedroom in the former Ridgewood Theater, near the Myrtle - Wyckoff Aves L/M trains, with huge windows throughout and a double-door fridge and full range with hood in the kitchen.
$4,200: Five bedrooms, two baths spread over a 2,000-square-foot duplex with a full-height brick fireplace, open kitchen with a farmhouse sink, and access to a large backyard, just a three-minute walk to the Seneca Street M train.
$4,700: Discounted penthouse one-bedroom on Prince Street spanning two floors and 1,500 square feet inside plus a true rarity: an additional 1,500 square feet of private terrace.
$3,950*: A whole five-bedroom, four-bath landmarked 1920 house with a fireplace, six-burner stove, deck, large landscaped backyard with a pavilion, and driveway, within a mile of the Staten Island Ferry.
Upper East Side
$1,740: Renovated unit on Second Avenue (just a minute to the 96 Street Q train) with some exposed brick, dishwasher, subway tile bathroom, and a big closet (with extra overhead storage) in the bedroom.
$2,100 (net effective: $1,925)*: Bright rent-stabilized one-bedroom just around the corner from Whole Foods, with moldings and an eat-in kitchen.
$2,446: Spacious Yorkville one-bedroom already priced on the lower side for the area but is also rent-stabilized.
$2,650: Over 800 feet on a quiet block of East 74th Street, with an open kitchen and plenty of space for a home office or two.
Upper West Side
$1,839: Bright and extra charming rent-stabilized studio on West 85th Street (less than a block to Central Park) with an ornate fireplace and moldings, parquet floors, and an arched opening framing a slightly separate kitchen with a breakfast bar.
$2,375: One-bedroom on West 73rd Street that has enough room for sectional in the living room and an office area in the king-size bedroom, plus a bunch of loft storage since the unit has 10-foot ceilings.
$2,400*: High ceilings and exposed brick in an apartment with two lofted sleeping areas and a private balcony overlooking W.82nd Street (you can get a peek of Central Park to the left).
$2,350: Second-floor townhouse one-bedroom on Front Street with tall windows and an assortment of lovely details (like original wide-plank floors, white-painted tin ceilings, and a clawfoot tub), plus a walk-in closet and space for a breakfast nook.
$2,650: A slightly smaller living room but two spacious bedrooms on North 6th Street (just two minutes to the Bedford Ave L train) renting below 2015 prices.