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What $2,500 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 $2,500/month.

A living area with hardwood floors, beige walls, and a small open kitchen in the back.
A room with beige walls, hardwood floors, and a small closet.
A small open kitchen with hardwood floors and white cabinetry.
A bedroom with beige walls, hardwood floors, and a glass door that leads to a balcony. Courtesy of Nooklyn

In Kensington, this modern two-bedroom unit is renting for $2,475/month. It has hardwood floors, a dishwasher, and its own balcony. Plus, the building comes with a common laundry room, a gym, bike storage, and a common roof deck. It sits on Newkirk Avenue, near the F train at 18th Avenue.

A living area with hardwood floors, white exposed brick, a grey couch, and French doors that lead to a bedroom.
A bedroom with two large windows, beige walls, a ceiling fan, and a medium-sized bed. Jackie Torren and Charlie Pigott for the Corcoran Group
Carroll Gardens

Also in Brooklyn, but in Carroll Gardens, this cute one-bedroom unit is renting for an even $2,500/month. The unit, which sits inside a three-story brownstone, has many charming details including white exposed brick, large windows, a cozy living room, a decorative brick mantel, crown moldings, and French doors.

A living area with an arched entryway, hardwood floors, and a small open kitchen.
A kitchen with wood cabinetry.
A bedroom with beamed ceilings, two windows, and hardwood floors.
A living area with hardwood floors, two windows, and beamed ceilings. Courtesy of Zumper
Greenwich Village

Meanwhile, in the Greenwich Village, this studio is up for grabs, also renting for $2,500/month. It has hardwood floors and comes with a dishwasher. But perhaps its main perk is its location: It sits inside a prewar building on Waverly Place, near the R and W trains at 8th Street and steps from Washington Square Park.

A bedroom with three bay windows and hardwood floors.
A kitchen with white cabinetry and one window.
A living area with hardwood floors and white walls.
A bedroom with base moldings, white walls, and hardwood floors. Gerard Splendore/Courtesy of Warburg Realty
Bay Ridge

Back to Brooklyn, in Bay Ridge, a brick house’s entire top floor is renting for $2,500/month. It has three bedrooms, one bathroom, living and dining areas, a kitchen, and five closets. There are also hardwood floors throughout and bay windows. The rent includes hot water and heat. But keep in mind: It doesn’t allow pets.

A living area with hardwood floors, white walls, a beige couch, and a glass door that leads to a balcony.
A bedroom with a small bed and two windows.
A kitchen with a marble island and wood cabinetry.
A bathroom with white tiles. Andrew Schwartz and Daniel Cohen for the Corcoran Group

Finally, in Bed-Stuy, a 675-square-foot one-bedroom inside a newish building is renting for $2,495/month. It has modern finishes, hardwood floors, an open kitchen, a roomy living room, and most importantly, its own balcony. Plus, it has a private staircase that leads to the building’s common rooftop terrace. It sits on Jefferson Avenue, near the J and Z trains at Gates Avenue.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $2,500/month?

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  • 9%
    (124 votes)
  • 22%
    Carroll Gardens
    (283 votes)
  • 27%
    Greenwich Village
    (349 votes)
  • 13%
    Bay Ridge
    (175 votes)
  • 26%
    (341 votes)
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