This week, we found a bunch of great apartments under $2,000, especially in Crown Heights, where you can get everything from a prewar studio with built-inscallop-edged bookshelves for $1,550 to a sunny rent-stabilized one-bedroom for $1,800 to a recently renovated two-bedroom for $1,895. We also unearthed a spectacular Flatiron penthouse with a sculptural wooden staircase and a 23-foot-high great room, which is pictured above (the listing is marked “temporarily off-market” right now after generating a lot of interest but open houses are still happening this week).
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 • $1,900: Two decent-size bedrooms and an updated kitchen (with a dishwasher, recessed lights, and two eat-in areas) on Myrtle Avenue. • $1,999: 900-square-foot one-bedroom in a brownstone on Bainbridge Street (just above the Utica Avenue A/C trains) with lovely original fireplaces and window/door casings, plus a skylight each in the kitchen and bathroom. • $2,250: Updated two-bedroom two blocks from the A/C train with big windows throughout, including one in a walk-in closet (or small office) and one in the unusually airy bathroom. • $2,400: High ceilings, beautiful original moldings, and a clawfoot tub in a brownstone one-bedroom (plus a bonus room accessed by French doors) just half a block from the G train and a block from Herbert Von King Park.
Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens • $1,900*: Small but charming one-bedroom on Henry Street at President Street, with two arched doorways, tin ceilings in the living room, and brownstone views. • $2,500*: Townhouse apartment on State Street near Nevins Street with an ever-so-slight bay window in the living room, an arched doorway, and space for a work desk in the bedroom. • $3,200: Just over 1,000 square feet in a brownstone on 3rd Place just off Court Street, with a washer-dryer and a large private patio off the huge kitchen–dining area.
Brooklyn Heights • $1,779: Studio with herringbone floors and moldings (it was renting for $200 more in 2016) on Pierrepont Street just a block and half from the Brooklyn Promenade entrance and the Clark Street 2/3 trains. • $2,200*: Simple brownstone one-bedroom (which still has some moldings and hardwood floor inlays, plus a 23-foot-long living room) on Montague Street that’s a one-minute walk to the Court Street R train and within five minutes of the 2/3/4/5 trains at Borough Hall. • $3,095: Montague Street one-bedroom with lots of moldings, parquet floors, closets with built-in shelves, some exposed brick in the kitchen, and a built-in make-up vanity in the bathroom.
Chelsea • $2,255: Freshly renovated one-bedroom with Carrara-marble countertops, a stacked Bosch washer-dryer, a wine fridge, and recessed lights, just around the corner from the 1/2/3/F/M/L/PATH trains at 14th Street.
Chinatown/Lower East Side • $1,600*: Extremely sunny studio right on Allen Street just above Rivington Street, with big windows (including one in the bathroom) and an arched doorway separating the kitchen from the living area. • $1,995*: Two-bedroom on Ludlow Street with a private deck that used to rent for over $3,000. • $2,850*: Small but true two-bedroom condo with a small bay window in one bedroom and a balcony in the other, plus a real range hood in the alcove kitchen.
Clinton Hill/Fort Greene • $2,095: 700-square-foot townhouse one-bedroom at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Saint James Place with very high ceilings, dark wood trim, and four big windows in the open living room–kitchen. • $2,500*: Top-floor brownstone two-bedroom with plenty of moldings, a fireplace, and parquet floors with inlays throughout, on Grand Avenue just above Fulton Street. • $2,750 (net effective: $2,521): True three-bedroom right next to the Clinton-Washington Avenues C train, with a clawfoot tub in the large bathroom, a windowed galley kitchen, and inlaid hardwood floors throughout. • $3,000: Grand full-floor brownstone apartment (a five-minute walk from Fort Greene Park) with huge rooms (the living room measures 19’ x 18’$2 4” and the bedroom 16’ x 11’$2 6”), two marble decorative fireplaces, and a clawfoot tub and dotted moldings in the bathroom. • $3,560: Duplex two blocks from Fort Greene Park with two big bedrooms and two smaller ones (or offices), exposed brick walls and beams, wide-plank floors, and a decorative fireplace.
Crown Heights • $1,265: Bright studio with a lofted sleeping space, a huge casement window, and shared access to the kitchen, bathroom, courtyard, and laundry. • $1,550: Sweet brownstone studio on Prospect Place with a separate alcove kitchen, parquet floors, and two sets of built-in bookshelves with scalloped edges. • $1,625 (net effective: $1,490)*: Newly gut-renovated studio across from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and three large windows with tree views. • $1,800: Rent-stabilized top-floor one-bedroom just off Kingston Avenue with skylights in the kitchen and bathroom and extensive moldings. • $1,895: Just-renovated two-bedroom with a kitchen island and globe pendant lights, around the corner from the Sterling Place 2/5 trains.
Ditmars-Steinway • $1,800*: Bright king-size one-bedroom (currently arranged as a two-bedroom) with a windowed eat-in kitchen, only a three-minute walk to the Astoria Boulevard N/W trains.
Flatiron • $5,000: Dramatic 1,850-square-foot penthouse apartment just off Park Avenue with huge skylights in the 23-foot-high great room, a fully marble bathroom, and a sculptural winding staircase up to the roof deck (the listing is marked “temporarily off-market” right now after generating a lot of interest but open houses are still happening this week).
Gramercy Park • $2,500 (net effective: $2,083): Prewar one-bedroom with tons of original features (including intricate inlaid hardwood floors, wood pocket doors, and a cast-iron soaking tub) and a windowed kitchen with updated cabinets, a dishwasher, and a colorful backsplash, in a striking Neo-Renaissance building a few steps from Union Square Park.
Greenpoint • $1,995*: A full-height brick fireplace, two chandeliers, and a skylight in a one-bedroom on top of the Nassau Avenue G train stop and just a block to McCarren Park. • $2,100*: Sunny king-size bedroom, plus a bonus room, right on Manhattan Avenue (about two blocks to McCarren Park) with a bay window, a decorative fireplace, a large all-white eat-in kitchen, and decent counter space around the bathroom sink. • $2,499: Renovated duplex with 25-foot ceilings and an unusual catwalk on the upper level that connects the bedroom with a bonus office nook. • $3,600 (net effective: $3,323)*: Beautiful parquet floors, moldings, and dark window casings (plus a few extremely large windows) in this 1,300-square-foot, 3.5-bedroom apartment just a minute from the Greenpoint Avenue G station. $2,431 (net effective: $2,026): Renovated, rent-stabilized two-bedroom only a minute’s walk from the Nassau Avenue G train and three minutes from McCarren Park.
Greenwich Village/West Village • $1,875*: Studio on Morton Street with a small but windowed kitchen, lovely white-brick decorative fireplace, and a corner that works surprisingly well as a home office. • $2,095 (net effective: $1,920): Strangely shaped but recently renovated one-bedroom with three big windows in the main living area and a surprisingly sparkling windowed bathroom with subway tile and marble floors. • $2,300*: Big studio less than a block to the Houston Street 1 train, with an uncommon “dining foyer” that includes three closets and leads to a cute alcove kitchen and bathroom. • $2,470: Rather plain but objectively massive one-bedroom across the street from the A/C/E/B/D/F/M trains at West 4th Street. • $4,400: A small but true prewar two-bedroom on Perry Street, with a windowed and updated galley kitchen plus access to a new roof deck lush with greenery.
Nomad • $2,890 (net effective: $2,650)*: 550-square-foot apartment (technically a studio, but the living area and separate updated kitchen are huge) on East 30th Street with parquet floors, a fireplace, sliding French doors, and a particularly ornate wood paneling and balusters in the lobby.
Soho • $2,800 (net effective: $2,644): An actually relatively spacious one-bedroom on Thompson Street with a windowed kitchen and bath, washer-dryer, and dishwasher. • $6,250 (net effective: $5.357)*: A rare floor-through cast-iron loft measuring 1,500 square feet (with 20-foot-wide living spaces) on stone-paved Greene Street.
Sunset Park • $2,200: Massive one-bedroom near the 59th Street N/R trains, with tons of windows, a decorative mantel, a big eat-in kitchen, moldings, chandeliers, and a view onto the owner’s Tuscan garden in the back.
Tribeca • $3,495: 740-square-foot one-bedroom with huge windows around the corner from the Chambers Street 1/2/3 trains, last rented in 2019 for $400 more.
Upper East Side • $1,995: Relatively spacious one-bedroom (there’s even some built-in counter seating in the black-and-white kitchen) on East 82nd Street just off Third Avenue. • $2,051 (net effective: $1,880): Low price on two queen-size bedrooms on East 77th Street near Second Avenue, with a dishwasher and space for a dining table (there’s also a similar three-bedroomin the building asking $2,500).
Upper West Side • $1,775 (net effective: $1,676)*: Alcove studio in a limestone townhouse on West 81st Street with a separate kitchen, huge windows, decorative fireplace, big closet (plus overhead storage), and enough space for a work desk and small dining table. • $2,100: Brownstone one-bedroom on West 72nd Street that checks all the prewar boxes (herringbone hardwood floors, French doors, mirrored decorative fireplace, checkered floors in the bathroom). • $2,350: One-bedroom on West 76th Street a block from Central Park with two entire walls of exposed brick (the one in the living room has a decorative fireplace) and a ton of lofted storage.
Williamsburg • $2,800: Two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom at the corner of Grand and Lorimer Streets with a balcony, exposed brick in every room, and sleek light-wood kitchen cabinets against a chevron-tile backsplash.