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New York City Rent Comparison: What $2,500 Rents in Manhattan

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See what $2,500 rents in Manhattan neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Chelsea

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly 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, we're looking at Manhattan apartments renting around $2,500.

↑ In The Robyn, a new East Village rental building, $2,500 gets you a small but bright studio, with a stainless-steel kitchen, and a bathroom kitted out in marble. The unit comes with a washer and dryer, but the building has "Clean Cube" laundry service, a start-up that appeared on Shark Tank.

↑ In Soho, this studio is apparently "priced to rent fast" (oh boy), but it does have some good things going for it: there are large windows, a new kitchen, and a pretty unbeatable location. (But no pets are allowed, alas.)

↑ This "awesome" Upper East Side one-bedroom affords a bit more privacy than some of this week's other options, with an actual bedroom with a door and everything. The kitchen is also separated from the living space, which is nice.

↑ If you care more about location than apartment size, then this small (500 square foot!) studio on quaint, hidden Patchin Place may be for you. The apartment comes with access to the building's private garden, and the bragging rights that come with living on one of Manhattan's secret streets.

↑ In East Harlem, a slightly bigger (875 square feet!) two-bedroom apartment, renting for $2,500, has the option of coming fully furnished. But if you choose not to go that route, it'll still come with new appliances, including a dishwasher, and plenty of storage space.

↑ And finally, in Chelsea, this one-bedroom is "fantastically bright," according to the listing. There's an updated kitchen, as well as a bedroom separated from the rest of the space by some cute French doors.