Mefites of New York: Where should I live in NYC?
July 18, 2014 6:50 AM Subscribe
So, I'm moving to New York, and the housing situation looks really complicated. I have a friend I can crash with for a week or two, but I would ideally like to find a place soon after I arrive in the city in early August. I have no idea which areas I should be looking in, or what's reasonable for my budget.
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (30 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The important facts: Work is based in the Tribeca area. I want to pay between 1600-1800 for a place. I'm a single woman, planning on living alone.
Ideally, I'd rather not have too much of a commute (~25 minutes to work sounds perfect), but I don't know how reasonable that is given my price constraints. I can be quite happy in small studio apartment, but I'm not sure how I feel about rooming with strangers off craigslist.
A number of questions follow:
(1) Should I be looking in Manhattan, or not even bother with my price range?
(2) If Manhattan, what neighborhoods/areas? If not Manhattan, then where?
(3) How does one find a place anyway? Is craigslist the way to go, or should I be using brokers? If I should be using brokers, which ones?
Any and all related advice is super-welcome.