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What $1,650/month rents in NYC right now

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Five apartments in 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 $1,650/month.

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Forest Hills

In Forest Hills, a studio apartment with a separate sleeping alcove is renting for $1,650/month. For being a studio, the place is pretty spacious—in addition to that alcove, there’s enough room for a dining area, and the kitchen has a good amount of storage space. One caveat: A renter would need to be approved by the building’s co-op board.

East Harlem

In East Harlem, a “practical” studio (translation: it’s not huge, but it’s fine) is renting for $1,625/month. The apartment is no-frills, with a small galley kitchen, a bathroom, and an open area. It’s located on Pleasant Avenue, and the closest subway stop—it’s equidistant from the 116th and 110th street stops on the 6—is about a mile away.

Mount Hope

In a doorman building on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, a studio apartment is going for $1,651/month. There are new appliances (including a dishwasher) and fixtures throughout the small space. The building it’s in has gym, and is a short walk from the B and D trains at 174-175 Streets.

Washington Heights

A rent-stabilized one-bedroom in Washington Heights is renting for $1,650/month. The photos make it a bit hard to glean how the space is laid out, but from what we can tell, it’s a decent size, with a kitchen that has plenty of cabinet and counter space. It’s a short walk to the 1 train at 157th Street, and a few parks are nearby, too.


And finally, in Kensington, a 650-square-foot apartment with a “king-size bedroom” (per the listing) is asking $1,650. There’s a small kitchen that’s separate from the apartment’s other rooms; there’s also a good amount of closet space. Location-wise, this place is on Ocean Parkway in Kensington, with several subway lines—the F, G, and Q—within walking distance.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for around $1,650/month?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Forest Hills
    (425 votes)
  • 13%
    East Harlem
    (145 votes)
  • 2%
    Mount Hope
    (24 votes)
  • 32%
    Washington Heights
    (357 votes)
  • 14%
    (156 votes)
1107 votes total Vote Now