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What $3,800 rents in NYC right now

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Five apartments, five NYC neighborhoods

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 $3,800/month.

A bedroom with exposed brick, two large windows, and hardwood floors.
A kitchen area with hardwood floors and white cabinetry.
A bedroom with hardwood floors, white walls, white closet doors, and a small window.
A living room area with white walls and exposed brick. Courtesy of REAL New York
Lower East Side

This two-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side is renting for an even $3,800/month. It has one and a half bathrooms, in-unit washer/dryer, and hardwood floors. It’s located on Forsyth Street, mere steps from Sara D. Roosevelt Park and the B and D trains at Grand Street.

A living room area with a light grey couch, a staircase, hardwood floors, and a round dining table with four black chairs on the right side.
A living room area with a fireplace, exposed brick, a TV on a stand in a corner, a light grey couch, and a small squared table in the middle.
A kitchen area with hardwood floors and wood cabinetry.
A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, a lamp, and wood cabinets next to it. Courtesy of Citi Habitats

Also renting for $3,800/month (and for sale as well), this one-bedroom duplex penthouse in Midtown has one bathroom, a decorative fireplace, a dishwasher, hardwood floors, and a private patio. The building has a common laundry room and allows pets. It’s located on West 35th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, close to the 34th Street-Herald Square transit hub.

A living room area with hardwood floors and white walls. The kitchen can be seen in one of the corners.
A living room area with a large window, white walls, wood cabinetry, and hardwood floors. Courtesy of Zumper
Upper West Side

Renting for $3,785/month, this one-bedroom Upper West Side apartment has one bathroom, large windows, a dishwasher, and hardwood floors. The building allows both cats and dogs and has a common laundry room. It’s located on West 71st Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, close to plenty of neighborhood amenities, as well as the 1, 2, and 3 trains at 72nd Street.

A living room area with a fireplace, exposed brick, and the kitchen in the back.
A kitchen with exposed brick and white cabinetry.
A patio with a wooden fence.
A bedroom with exposed brick, white walls, and a spiral staircase. Marc Dimov, courtesy of Compass
Long Island City

Renting for $3,800/month, this Hunters Point two-bedroom apartment has one bathroom, a private patio, hardwood floors, in-unit washer/dryer, and a dishwasher. The building is pet-friendly. It’s located on 23rd Street between 45th Avenue and 44th Drive, near the 7 and G trains at Court Square. The one downside: The elevated 7 train passes right in front of the building, so expect some noise.

A kitchen with white cabinetry and hardwood floors.
A bedroom with a small window and white walls. Courtesy of REAL New York
Park Slope

And, finally, this two-bedroom in Park Slope is renting for $3,850/month. It has one bathroom, space for a home office, hardwood floors, a dishwasher, and in-unit washer/dryer. It’s located on 13th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, near the F and G trains at 9th Street. Prospect Park is a 15-minute walk away.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $3,800/month?

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  • 30%
    Lower East Side
    (160 votes)
  • 17%
    Midtown South
    (95 votes)
  • 11%
    Upper West Side
    (62 votes)
  • 11%
    Long Island City
    (63 votes)
  • 28%
    Park Slope
    (149 votes)
529 votes total Vote Now