New York noob needs apartment quickly
August 22, 2014 8:53 AM Subscribe
My daughter was fortunate enough to get a job in Manhattan right after graduation. Now she's looking for an apartment for 9/15 or 10/1 and is feeling overwhelmed because she's not familiar at all with the area. Help!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Home & Garden (49 answers total)
She'll have two roommates and their budget is probably 2,500-3,000 ish. We're hoping she can do this without paying a broker fee.
She works in the neighborhood around Madison Square Park but understands that Manhattan is probably out of the question. True?
She is not a starving artist type and is not going to be able handle living in a super small/skeevy place like I did as a 20something.
The general question is, what advice would you have for her? Keeping it intentionally broad because her ignorance is profound. Feel free to advise on neighborhood strategy, real estate, commute, etc.
Then the near-term question is, we're driving up to spend the weekend with her tomorrow. What would be the best use of our time? She is not ready to be committing to any specific place yet because neither of her roommates is in town yet.
We're thinking about just driving around and "getting a feel" for different neighbhorhoods but I feel like in NY one does not simply "drive around" and maybe we need some more concrete goals?