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What $2,000 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 $2,000/month.

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Upper West Side

An Upper West Side studio with an itty-bitty alcove is asking $2,000/month. The space isn’t huge, but the kitchen has plenty of cabinet space and the alcove is big enough for a desk or a dining room table. And, bonus: It’s less than a block away from the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park.

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East Harlem

In East Harlem, a spacious alcove studio is going for $1,950/month. It’s a charming apartment, with exposed brick, new windows, and a separate space for a dining room table and storage. It’s located in a building between First and Second avenues, a short walk to Museum Mile in one direction and the East River waterfront in the other.


There’s a lot to like about this Kensington one-bedroom, renting for $1,950/month: It’s a nice size, with one large bedroom and a big living room/kitchen area; there’s a lot of storage space; and the kitchen is large enough for its own breakfast bar. It’s just a few blocks from the Church Avenue subway stop, and Prospect Park is close by, too.

Tudor City

A compact studio in one of Tudor City’s storied buildings is renting for $1,950/month. Like many apartments in the neighborhood, this one is something of an efficiency: It has a Murphy bed and a tiny kitchen (mini fridge included). On the bright side, Tudor City—and its adjacent park—is one of the loveliest parts of town.


And finally, in Bed-Stuy, a one-bedroom in a brownstone is renting for $2,050/month. The apartment has nice original details, including exposed brick, crown molding, and a decorative fireplace; but it also has a modern kitchen and bathroom. It’s located on Jefferson Avenue between Nostrand and Marcy avenues, close to transit, restaurants, and more.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $2,000/month?

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  • 25%
    Upper West Side
    (319 votes)
  • 14%
    East Harlem
    (189 votes)
  • 36%
    (464 votes)
  • 6%
    Tudor City
    (77 votes)
  • 17%
    (223 votes)
1272 votes total Vote Now