Topic: Business plan for new position
June 17, 2019 / By Charmaine Question:
I want to look for an RN position in new york city and would not mind taking a subway to get to work. i plan on keeping my budget for an apartment around 1500 a month and will most likely live alone. I want to live somewhere where there is a lot going on but not in an area with tons of tourists!
Arin | 8 days ago
I would say that the best place, on your budget, and with these requirements, is the Upper East Side. I'm not kidding.
The UES has a reputation for being the wealthy-snooty part of NY, and that's true from Fifth Avenue over to Park, but if you look from Lexington Avenue to the river, the crowds get younger, the apartments get cheaper, and the scene gets more fun. The best part is that the UES has stubbornly resisted the influx of national chain stores, so most of the businesses are local.
As for rent, you can almost certainly expect to find a place in your price range, just expect it to be very small (especially if you're coming from a suburban background). I had a friend who, about two years ago, was paying 1250 a month for 500 sq ft overlooking 3rd avenue, and he loved it.
Have fun and good luck with the job hunt.
A lot depends on what you consider to be fun activities paired with cost.
I can really only speak to Manhattan, so here's some thoughts:
East Village: Young, insane, punk, densely populated, diverse. Tons of affordable restaurants and a huge late-night scene. Maybe too much of a party and noise scene, depending on your preferences. Rent possibly more affordable here than other neighborhoods. You may be able to find something in that rent range, but it might not have many amenities or be a walk-up, etc.
Way Downtown: I used to work downtown and if you're in the Wall Street area and such, it's expensive and very quiet. Not much of a social scene and pretty much of a ghost town at night due to it being primarily companies and residences. But this was over 10 years ago, so maybe it has a little bit more nightlife now. I just remember walking to the subway from work at night and wondering where the heck everyone was and why all the restaurants were all closed.
Upper West Side: While I love this part of town, it's probably the most residential neighborhood in the city. I lived there for many years and it met all my needs. Some nightlife, great restaurants, very close to lots of parks, very accessible to 2 major subway lines, etc. But the rent, wow. Just wow. Granted this was also in the early 2000s, but I remember paying $1950 for a very small studio in an elevator building not too far from Zabars. I was very happy there, but I can see it not being for everyone. When I first moved to the UWS, I lived with a roommate so I could afford to be there. It wasn't ideal, but I lived through it.
Upper East Side: Similar to the Upper West Side, but, IMO, more yuppified and expensive. There's always an East Side/West Side rivalry kind of thing, which is fun among friends. Great restaurants up there too but subway commuting on the East Side is a pain because there's only the 1 line that runs through the UES.
Hell's Kitchen: Really has come a long way since I lived there almost 15 years ago. Don't exactly know what the rent situation is, but I was almost towards 11th ave in the low 50s in an old, yucky walk-up. Dangerous. But, in the many years since that took place, Hell's Kitchen has gone through a major re-vitalization, including lots more young people, tons of restaurants, etc. It's supposed to be a great part of town to live in now and doesn't seem to be deserted and quiet at night like it used to be.
Times Square: Skip it. Tourist hell.
Can't think of anything else off the top of my head. There are many more neighborhoods than what I've listed here and because the real estate market isn't really super-hot right now, your rental budget could go a lot further now than ever before.
If possible, try to find the apartment yourself. Don't know if you've ever done the NYC real estate broker thing, but if you do, expect to pay several thousand dollars just in broker's fees and then another huge amount of $$ for the standard first and last month's rent, plus the security deposit, etc. Many times, broker's would show the same apartments you could find on your own, with just a little bit more time and effort.
And yes, expect to see many gross and odd apartments before you find the right one. I can't even begin to recap the entire collection of oddball settings I've seen in my many searches for the right apartment. Gross galley kitchens, walls made out of cardboard boxes, windows that face brick walls, etc. Just be patient, have an open mind, and you're sure to find something you love.
Oh, and one more word of caution. If you are lucky enough to find a rent-controlled apartment, watch out for brokers pulling some scams. I met one who wanted her standard 15% (or whatever the number was) fee plus an additional $2000 in cash, under the table. If you do the math, it's probably still worth it if you stay long enough, but I find that kind of thing disgusting. Of course, I said no, but there were probably 50 people behind me more than willing to fork over the fee, the illegal fee, and who knows what else to get that kind of savings on rent.
Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.
the only place you may get close to manhattan for $800 - $900 a month is a studio house in a terrible community. everywhere secure will fee a minimum of $1100 a month.. and that continues to be only a studio. A one-mattress room house in a spectacular community will fee a minimum of $1250 a month.