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New York rent comparison: What $2,500 gets you

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See what $2,500/month gets you in places like the East Village, Astoria, and Harlem

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 apartments renting around $2,500.

K&R Management

$2,520/month rents you this fairly large two-bedroom on West 119th Street in Harlem. According to the listing description, the apartment has received a full renovation with shiny hardwood floors, a sleek kitchen, and video intercom. High ceilings and plenty of windows contribute to the overall bright and spacious atmosphere.

Citi Habitats

One of the last three vacant one-bedrooms at the Lincoln Apartments in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going for a net rent of $2,486/month. There’s a bit of a weird layout here: the apartment has a sort of open-concept floorplan, but the angled living room and bedroom create more of a cozy feel than a spacious one. Building amenities include a fitness center, resident’s lounge, and roof deck.

FirstService Realty

On the Upper East Side, a 550-square-foot alcove studio that is keen on storage space is renting for $2,495/month. Per the brokerbabble, the spacious apartment has been renovated to feature high end finishes along the lines of a new bathroom and a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Realty 2000 Corp

↑ A one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with industrial vibes can be yours for an even $2,500/month. Spanning more than 800 square feet, the home resides on the second floor of a walk-up building and features a “loft-like” layout that includes exposed brick walls, an open kitchen with modern appliances, and a sizable bedroom.

↑ This East Village two-bedroom merges contemporary design with classic details and is asking $2,500/month. It measures over 900 square feet and includes a modern gas fireplace, brick walls, open chef’s kitchen, a marble bathroom, and a private balcony.


↑ A no-frills one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan Valley is seeking $2,500/month. It’s spacious and boasts lots of natural light, though that’s about where it ends. It also helps that it is located close to the subway and Columbia University, and both Central Park and Riverside Park are short walks away.


Which apartment would you choose for $2,500?

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  • 10%
    (152 votes)
  • 3%
    Prospect Lefferts Gardens
    (55 votes)
  • 6%
    Upper East Side
    (97 votes)
  • 12%
    (186 votes)
  • 64%
    East Village
    (950 votes)
  • 2%
    Manhattan Valley
    (33 votes)
1473 votes total Vote Now