There are more rentals available than ever (the latest numbers from StreetEasy say Manhattan’s inventory right now has nearly 30,000 listings more than last year), and, naturally, we’re coming across some rare spaces and prices. This week, for example, there is a huge Greenwich Village loft with cast-iron Corinthian columns on the market for the first time in five years and a six-bedroom apartment on Riverside Drive in Harlem. As for cheaper but equally unusual finds, we uncovered a large Murray Hill one-bedroom asking $700 less than usual, and two rather livable Clinton Hillstudios, both under $1,500 and very close to a subway stop.
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).
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Bed-Stuy • $1,899: Unusually spotless one-bedroom with a fireplace mantel, large south-facing windows, and an updated kitchen on a lovely brownstone block, a few blocks above the Nostrand Avenue A/C stop. • $2,100: Just-renovated brownstone garden one-bedroom right near Tompkins Avenue with new appliances in the kitchen (plus some cheerful blue hexagonal tile), a lovely dark mantel and moldings in the living area, six closets, and a separate laundry room at an especially good price. • $2,300: Nine-hundred square feet on the parlor floor of a brownstone with especially elaborate doors and windows and a mantel, each in the equally spacious living room and bedroom, on the same block as the Wilky. • $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). • $2,995: Two spacious bedrooms with big closets and some exposed brick, plus a bay-windowed living room with a large original fireplace and moldings, two bathrooms (including a master bath with a glass shower), and a washer-dryer, on the top floor of a townhouse a block from the Nostrand A/C. • $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 an 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. • $4,500 (net effective: $4,125): Two-bedroom, two-bath brownstone penthouse with a wider footprint than usual (the living and dining area measures 21 feet wide), a double door in the open kitchen, and an entire wall of exposed brick in each bedroom, just over a block from the Bergen Street F/G.
Brooklyn Heights • $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).
Bushwick • $3,350: Huge four-bedroom with an all-white very clean-looking bathroom and an all-white very clean-looking kitchen with three windows. It is near the Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues L/M train and has extremely high ceilings.
Chelsea • $3,675: A sixth-floor walk-up two-bedroom but surprisingly spacious and lovely for the price (each room has a big window, including an unusually large kitchen, and a fire escape has a direct view of the Empire State Building).
Clinton Hill/Fort Greene • $1,400: A brownstone garden studio, just two minutes from the Classon Avenue G stop, that actually seems pretty roomy because the kitchen (which has relatively ample counter space and a dishwasher) is in a separate hallway. •$1,492: Renovated and rent-stabilized studio with two big closets and herringbone floors right next to the Clinton–Atlantic Avenues A/C train. •$2,693: A very spacious two-bedroom near the Clinton–Atlantic Avenues A/C with 11-foot ceilings and a decently sized window in both the galley kitchen and bathroom. •$3,000*: 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. • $3,395: Newly renovated brownstone one-bedroom-plus-office with three huge windows in the living room, L-shaped kitchen counters, a dishwasher, and washer-dryer on a leafy block of Lafayette Avenue.
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. • $2,300: Floor-through brownstone garden unit with an unusually elaborate bedroom (huge mantel, plus dark-wood paneling and built-in storage) and an open kitchen–dining room–living area that leads out to a private backyard (small, but it can fit a dining set). • $2,950: 1,158-square-foot renovated two-bedroom, two-bath with a gigantic main living area (enough space for a big island and a separate dining space next to lovely recessed shelves with built-in lighting) and, truly unheard of, two eight-foot-deep closets in the hallway (and a still-larger walk-in closet off the master bedroom). • $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.
Downtown Brooklyn • $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.
East Village/Lower East Side • $1,850: Very bright one-bedroom on East 9th Street with French doors and a separate eat-in kitchen renting for hundreds of dollars more two years ago. • $2,000 (net effective: $1,833): Two large bedrooms (although the living room–kitchen is a bit tighter) that get great light from up on the fourth floor, just a three-minute walk to the Delancey Street–Essex Street J/F trains. • $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. • $2,618 (net effective: $2,400): Pretty one-bedroom on East 3rd Street with a wall of exposed brick both in the living area and bedroom, French doors, recessed lights, and a dishwasher. • $3,450: Two bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a huge walk-in closet) on East 11th Street near Third Avenue featuring two chandeliers, new fixtures in the windowed bathroom, and a particularly nice galley kitchen with red clay tile floors and an opening overlooking a breakfast area with built-in bench seating.
Flatbush • $1,975: Two queen-size bedrooms and a similarly spacious open living room and (dishwasher-equipped) kitchen right around the corner from Prospect Park and the Parkside Avenue Q train. • $2,450: Two bedrooms (one of which has huge California closets) next to Parade Ground, just a two-minute walk to the Church Avenue B/Q stop.
Greenpoint • $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. •$2,499: Two bright bedrooms on either end of the apartment (the larger one is currently used as a living room and has huge windows and walls of shuttered closets, while a separate living area and the kitchen are in the middle), a block from McGolrick 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. • $2,295*: 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. • $2,350: Loft studio with a massive window overlooking Abingdon Square Park, plus 12-foot ceilings (sleeping area has a five-foot clearance) and a walk-in closet. • $2,455 (net effective: $2,250): One-bedroom with great light (it’s a sixth-floor walk-up) on quiet and narrow Leroy Street, with the West 4th Street station just three minutes away. • $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. • $2,795: Huge floor-through apartment (the living room is nearly 20 feet long and the bedroom is king-size) with a bunch of windows and moldings throughout on the fifth floor of a prewar building near the Christopher Street 1 stop. • $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). • $3,500*: 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. • $3,055: So many casement windows and a pretty white-painted brick decorative fireplace in a rent-stabilized unit on West 10th Street. • $3,195: Sunny floor-through two-bedroom on Sullivan Street, just below Washington Square Park, with a bonus room for a home office, windowed kitchen and bath, and a few arched recesses for storage. • $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. •$5,950 (net effective: $5,575): A startlingly beautiful loft with a keyed elevator available on the market for the first time in five years, covering 1,800 square feet with two separate bedrooms, an updated kitchen with an island, cast-iron Corinthian columns, 12-foot exposed-beam ceilings, and eight huge windows throughout.
Harlem • $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. • $2,500: Furnished two-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex that usually rents for $4,000 with full-size stainless-steel appliances and a small outdoor space. • $4,495: Renovated six-bedroom apartment on Riverside Drive with 2.5 bathrooms, a white decorative fireplace, and parquet floors throughout, only a block to the 137th Street 1 stop.
Jackson Heights •$1,900: Almost 800 square feet in a rent-stabilized one-bedroom with arched doorways, a spacious windowed kitchen and bath, and foyer big enough to be a bonus room, right on 34th Avenue (which is currently an Open Street).
Murray Hill • $2,000: A large bedroom with brand-new appliances and a walk-in closet in a prewar elevator building that usually rents for $2,700.
Park Slope • $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. • $3,150: Massive apartment half a block from Prospect Park with a king-size bedroom, a kitchen with tin ceilings that’s big enough for an eight-person dining table, a claw-foot tub, and a private garden. • $3,280: There’s tons of moldings in this spot, and the living room, kitchen, and dining room are all separate. There are also two queen-size (at least) bedrooms, each with two windows.
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens • $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).
Ridgewood • $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.
Soho • $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.
Two Bridges • $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.
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. • $1,800: A large bright living room with an exposed-brick wall, plus a queen-size bedroom, just a block and a half to the 96th Street Q train, renting for $300 less than it did two years ago. • $2,100: Corner one-bedroom overlooking John Jay Park with huge floor-to-ceiling grid windows that open up to four balconies (the building also has an arched entrance with Guastavino tiles leading to an inner courtyard). • $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. • $2,100 (net effective: $1,925): A really low price for a spacious townhouse one-bedroom with huge south-facing windows, a decorative mantel, and plenty of moldings, just a block to Riverside Park and three minutes to the 86th Street 1 train. • $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. • $2,995 (net effective: $2,495): Duplex one-bedroom just a few steps from Central Park and the 86th Street B/C stop with a full-height fireplace (with a black and golden terrazzo design on the overmantel) and ladders to multiple lofted spaces.
Vinegar Hill • $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.
Williamsburg • $2,225: One room (525 square foot) loft near the Morgan Avenue L train with an entire wall of windows and access to a 15,000-square-foot landscaped rooftop. • $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. • $3,050: Huge living-room windows and a peninsula kitchen in an oversize one-bedroom with a master bath, another half-bath, and a home office within a five-minute walk to McCarren Park. • $3,400: Huge loft with several walls of exposed brick, an open living area that can seat four at the kitchen counter and eight at the dining table (plus room for a sofa and a bench), and a bedroom with five windows and a spacious sitting area. • $4,300: 1,400-square-foot loft (that can be three or four bedrooms) with a big granite-topped kitchen island on the market for the first time in four years and just a block below McCarren Park.
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