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What $2,500/Month Can Rent You In New York City

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various NYC neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,500/month.

↑ On the Upper West Side, there's a charming one-bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace, exposed brick walls, and a kitchen with a dishwasher. It's in an owner-occupied brownstone, and the rent is $2,500/month.

↑ For $2,400 in Chelsea, there's a "lofted studio," i.e. a studio with a lofted bed. The main living room has hardwood floors and a tiny kitchen with full-sized appliances, while the sleeping area is up a metal spiral staircase on a platform that fits the bed and not much else.

↑ Ah Bushwick, land of roommate-friendly apartments. This three-bedroom is asking $2,495 a month, and it looks newly renovated, with oak floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and "solid core birch doors." The downside? There's only one bathroom, but it has "a top of the line European style dual flush toilet," so at least there's that.

↑ On Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem, a renovated two-bedroom is going for $2,495. The living room looks large, and there seem to be a lot of windows.

↑ Like most rentals in Brooklyn Heights, this "junior one-bedroom" is big on charm, but small in size. It has a new bathroom and some solid moldings, and is just a block from the promenade. The rent is $2,500.

↑ The listing for this $2,595 West Village apartment says it's a "REAL 1BR," which may be true, but it is also a really small one-bedroom. But it has nice hardwood floors and a dishwasher.

↑ And finally, a two-bedroom in Long Island City that is not located in one of the new glassy, soulless buildings. It's on the third floor of a prewar (yes, LIC has those!), and it has a huge, brand new kitchen, dark hardwood floors, and exposde brick. The rent is $2,500.

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