I can't believe I'm trying to find an apartment in NYC, especially on such short notice, but I guess I am. Is there some kind of apartment-finding service anyone recommends? Am already looking at Airbnb - good? Probably need something cheap, tiny, convenient for a few months (one person working in Times Square), then something for two people and possibly a cat for the remainder of the year.
My awesome dude just got a year-long contract in NYC, based right on Times Square! It starts before March does. I'd love to stay with him there starting maybe in April or June, then we both plan to return home to NC next year.
He's got a housing "allowance" of $1250/month. I think we can spend a little more if we want, both for the sheer short-term adventure of it all and for the savings if/when I stay with him.
I think we're looking at two terms: part A (2-3 months or more)
, him in a tiny place NYC alone (& traveling some weeks); and part B (rest of year)
, both of us in NYC possibly with some cats. It would be wonderful if he could just stay in the same place for the entire year, but I don't think we'll find a perfect place before he has to start his residency, around Feb. 26.
He'll arrive in NYC toward the end of February, work a few days, then go to Bangkok for a week starting March 1, then return to NYC and (we dearly hope) go back to his familiar lodgings to prepare for returning to work at the NYC office until the next trip.
He's extremely considerate; most people think he'd be an ideal roommate/tenant, and they're right. He doesn't cook stinky things, hardly makes any noise, is cleaner than anyone -- and he's super nice. Plus, he'll be out of the country a lot.
I signed up for Airbnb just now, and it looks sort of promising. I've also started asking friends for personal references.
We might also adopt some cats; one of our foster cats is *in love* with him, and I'd bring her and her sister with me.
Searched AskMe, found this question
, plus another that made me think I should seek places in and around Park Slope as well as on Manhattan. A colleague found a place in Astoria that also looks promising.
I'd like some place with good, fresh, vegetarian/vegan friendly food easily available, walkable/bikeable, ideally cat-OK.
He'd like some place with a 30-minute or less transit commute to Times Square.
Answers I'd love:
- Yes! Airbnb is the best way! ..or Airbnb is too risky! ..or Airbnb is great if you do X thing!
- If you commit to one place for a year, you will/won't do better than if you try to break it into two terms of indeterminate length.
- The person who can get you just the right place is Z. She charges a flat rate of $X and will absolutely take care of you, plus she has backups in case something falls through and you can call if there's a problem. She also knows all the neighborhoods and can choose good places for transit times and safety.
- Hey - my awesome dependable friend Y has a place; let me put you in touch!
- Pets? Forget it!
- Cats that do tricks? I'm sure you'll find a pet-friendly place in Park Slope with no problem!
- New Jersey is closer/better/too far/more food-friendly.
- You'll be happier staying in Chapel Hill.
- I did something like this - I wish I'd known X.
- Don't try to live with two people and/or a cat in an efficiency!