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What $1,500 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: $1,500/month.

? Welcome to the cheapest (read: saddest) Curbed Comparisons ever. In Williamsburg, this 1BR apartment is available for $1,600/month. It is on what some of you commenters might call "the wrong side of the BQE" (but the right side of Grand Street? It's difficult to keep all these sides straight.) Somewhat miraculously, it seems to have a full kitchen.

? This 2BR in a prewar building in Crown Heights appears to be at least on the second floor. Also, it has a ceiling fan, and one of the walls is painted red. Those are all good things. $1,550/month.

? If you want to spend this amount of money, live in Manhattan, and not have roommates, you're going to have to live in a studio. And not a big studio, either. That's just the way it is. On the Upper East Side, this almost-300-square-foot studio is going for $1,550/month.

? In Windsor Terrace, this 750-square-foot co-op has a living room and bedroom, both of perfectly reasonable size. It's also located right by Prospect Park. It costs $1,500/month.

? In Harlem, this 650-square-foot 2BR is available for a very low $1,450/month. Downside: it's a third-floor walkup. Upside: it's across the street from a park.

? If you're looking for a place that's a little more, let's say, livable, you might have to travel as far as Bed-Stuy. This 2BR looks pretty nice, all things considered, for $1,450/month.

? Oh, look, another depressing Manhattan studio. This Chelsea apartment has a lofted sleeping area, which is kind of cool. Unfortunately, the ladder to that loft seems to be cutting off access to the kitchen area (what there is of a kitchen area, anyway.) It costs $1,550/month.

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