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What $4,200 Can Rent You Around New York City

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Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various New York City neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $4,200/month.

? Based on our research for this post, $4,000 seems to be the cut-off point for how much you need to spend to rent a top-of-the-line multi-bedroom place in Brooklyn. Sure, we can argue about what constitutes top-of-the-line-ness, but take this 3BR, 2BA 1,176-square-foot place in Park Slope, available for $4,200/month. Pretty nice, right? Definitely in the upper portion of the line. High floor, big rooms, balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, very luxury condo-ish bathroom. And if you've got a couple roommates, it'll only run you $1,400 a piece.

? First of all, just to get this out of the way, has there ever been a listing in Long Island City that didn't include a picture of the Manhattan skyline and/or Roosevelt Island? We get it, Long Island City. You can see Manhattan. If real estate listings are to be believed, everybody in LIC just spends all their time staring wistfully across the East River. Anyway, this 1,400-square-foot 2BR, 2BA looks very nice and very big for $4,200/month.

? For only $4,000/month, you can rent this duplex on the Upper West Side. It has two of everything! Two floors, two beds, two baths, even two terraces. Unfortunately, it has zero laundry.

? One of the problems with rental listings is that the photos are seldom staged, so the places really tend to take on the identity of the current resident. In the case of this Soho 2BR, 2BA, the current resident is fairly messy and has a flatscreen in every room and hangs his ice skates on a wall-mounted speaker. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it doesn't cast the apartment in the classiest light. Still, it could be a very nice place. It's going for $4,200/month.

? This 1,000-square-foot loft in Boerum Hill, going for $4,200/month, is only a 1BR, but it makes up for that by being really nice. Renovated by its architect owner, it includes exposed brick walls with built-in bookcases, a walk-in pantry, washer/dryer, and quite the attractive kitchen area. This seems like a good place to live if you're an awesome but somewhat reclusive rich guy.

? In the East Village, this 850-square-foot 1.5BR is going for $4,100/month. It looks nice, but there are a few drawbacks. Firstly, whoever made the listing describes it as sunny, but either there's something wrong with his camera or that's not entirely accurate. Also there's a $400 application fee and board interview, so that's pretty crappy and kind of sounds like a scam. Wait, why did we include this one?
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