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What $3,500 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 $3,500/month.

The living room of an apartment with a flat-screen TV on the wall, a couch with framed photos above it, and a dining room table and chairs. A kitchen with stainless steel appliances is next to it.
A bedroom with one window overlooking other buildings, a modern bed, and an exposed brick wall that has a painting hung on it.
The Sarnell Team at Citi Habitats

This Harlem two-bedroom apartment is up for grabs for $3,500/month. It has one bathroom, a large living room, exposed brick, a dishwasher, and in-unit washer/dryer. It’s located between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards, two blocks away from the 2 and 3 trains at 125th Street.

Lenny Burdier, courtesy of Compass
Clinton Hill

For $3,500/month, there’s this two-bedroom apartment in Clinton Hill. It has two bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer/dryer, a living room, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a balcony. It’s located on Classon Avenue between Putnam Avenue and Fulton Street, a couple of blocks away from the A and C trains at Franklin Avenue.

Rockrose Development,
Long Island City

This studio in the Hunters Point enclave of Long Island City is renting for $3,490/month. It has one bathroom, wood plank floors, and in-unit washer/dryer. The building is new and pet friendly and comes with perks like a gym, bike room, and media room. It’s located on Queens Street, a short walk to the E, M, and R trains at Queens Plaza.

Rise Media, courtesy of Compass
Crotona Park East

In the Bronx, $3,500/month rents a positively enormous six-bedroom apartment located in a three-story building in Crotona Park East. It has one bathroom and wide-plank hardwood floors. It’s a short walk from there to Crotona Park, as well as the 2 and 5 trains at Freeman Street.

Real New York

And finally, on the other end of the size spectrum, this Nolita studio is renting for $3,495/month. It has one bathroom and a private outdoor space, and there’s laundry room in the building’s basement. It’s located on Mulberry Street between Spring and Prince streets, near the 6 train at Spring Street.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $3,500/month?

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  • 29%
    (186 votes)
  • 41%
    Clinton Hill
    (266 votes)
  • 8%
    Long Island City
    (53 votes)
  • 7%
    Crotona Park East
    (49 votes)
  • 13%
    (85 votes)
639 votes total Vote Now