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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.

A bedroom with a large bed, a large window, light pink walls, and hardwood floors.
A living area with a glass coffee table, a grey rug, and a leather couch. Courtesy of the Corcoran Group

In Chelsea, this bright 490-square-foot studio is renting for $3,500/month. It has one bathroom, two closets, large windows, hardwood floors, and a dishwasher. It sits inside a 10-story condo that allows both cats and dogs, and has an elevator, a laundry room, and a bike room. It’s located on West 19th Street, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, mere steps from the High Line, and near the C and E trains on 23rd Street.

A kitchen with wood cabinetry.
A kitchen with an island and three high top chairs.
A bedroom with a small bed, a large window, and white walls.
A living area with a beige couch, a large window, and a small coffee table. Christopher Duran for the Corcoran Group

Also renting for an even $3,500/month, this aggressively neutral Midtown studio has one bathroom, one closet, bamboo floors, and a dishwasher. The 534-square-foot unit sits within a 44-story condo that allows cats and dogs; it has a gym and a laundry room. It’s located on West 39th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, steps from Bryant Park and its transit hub.

A bedroom with hardwood floors and white walls.
A bedroom with hardwood floors, white walls, and two windows. Courtesy of Zumper
Prospect Heights

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Prospect Heights, renting for $3,495/month, has hardwood floors and an in-unit washer/dryer. The six-story building is pet-friendly and has an elevator, bike storage, and a roof deck. It’s located on Lincoln Place, between Underhill and Washington avenues, mere steps from Prospect Park and the 2 and 3 trains at Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum.

A living area with two couches, a glass coffee table, floor-to-ceiling windows, and several planters.
A kitchen with white cabinetry. Courtesy of Modern Spaces
Long Island City

Renting for $3,500/month, this one-bedroom in Long Island City has one bathroom, a private balcony, a dishwasher, in-unit washer/dryer, and floor-to-ceiling windows in its living room. It’s located in an 18-story condo that allows pets and has a gym, a roof deck, and a pool. It’s located on Center Boulevard, between 47th Avenue and New Way Road, close to Gantry Plaza State Park, and near the 7 train at Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue.

An area with a bookshelf and a kitchen behind it.
A bathroom with white tiles.
A bedroom with a large bed, large windows, hardwood floors, and planters.
A kitchen with wood cabinetry. Courtesy of REAL New York
Lower East Side

And finally, this Lower East Side studio in a brand new building is renting for $3,500/month. It has two closets (including one walk-in), one bathroom, oak floors, and a dishwasher. The building has a roof terrace, a co-working space, a private theater room, a gym, and a roof garden. It’s located on Suffolk Street, between East Houston and Stanton streets, near Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and the F train at Second Avenue.


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

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  • 10%
    (139 votes)
  • 6%
    (88 votes)
  • 27%
    Prospect Heights
    (371 votes)
  • 32%
    Long Island City
    (433 votes)
  • 23%
    Lower East Side
    (322 votes)
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