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What $4,000 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 $4,000/month.

A living area with a beige rug, a grey couch, three windows, and hardwood floors.
A bedroom with three floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, a large bed, and a rug.
A kid’s bedroom with light yellow walls, a light grey rug, and a bunk bed shaped as a tree house.
A kitchen with white cabinetry, grey walls, and a long island. Courtesy of Halstead Real Estate

In Harlem, this spacious and bright two-bedroom is renting for an even $4,000/month. Some perks include huge windows in the master bedroom, a large living room, four closets (including a walk-in), an open kitchen with a dishwasher, and in-unit washer/dryer. Plus, the building has a gym and a community room. The apartment resides on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, near the C and B trains at 116th Street.

A bedroom with two large windows and exposed brick walls.
A living area with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and beige walls. Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Heading south in Manhattan, this one-bedroom is renting for $3,995/month. The 500-square-foot unit has exposed brick, a floor-to-ceiling window in its living area, an open kitchen, a washer/dryer set, and a dishwasher. And its location is a major plus, as it sits on West 22nd Street, steps from the 1 train at 23rd Street and near several grocery stores including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

A living area with hardwood floors, encased windows, white walls, and a Juliet balcony.
A living area with white walls, encased windows, hardwood floors, and a small kitchen in the back.
A bedroom with white walls, base and crown moldings, and encased windows.
A bathroom with white tiles. Courtesy of Warburg Realty/James Harrison
Upper West Side

Meanwhile, on the Upper West Side, this very elegant one-bedroom is also renting for $4,000/month. It has a ton of nice prewar details including hardwood floors, crown and base moldings, and large casement windows. Adding to its elegance is a Juliet balcony in the living room. It sits on Broadway, just steps from the 1, 2, and 3 trains at 72nd Street.

A small kitchen with white cabinetry.
A living area and a washer/dryer on the left.
A living area with hardwood floors, a sliding door that leads to a bedroom, and beige walls.
A bedroom with hardwood floors, large windows, and beige walls. Courtesy of Zumper
Midtown East

Renting for $4,015/month, this sleek two-bedroom in Turtle Bay has hardwood floors, a dishwasher, and in-unit washer/dryer. The building, which has a gym and allows pets, is located on East 47th Street, between First and Second avenues. It’s also steps from the United Nations headquarters.

A living area with hardwood floors, a modern light fixture, a round dining table, and a skylight.
A garden with black couches, exposed brick, and several planters.
A bedroom with a large bed, large windows, a skylight, and hardwood floors.
A kitchen with dark grey cabinetry and a large island. Courtesy Marvin Chu for the Corcoran Group

Finally, inside a Williamsburg condo, this mod one-bedroom is up for grabs, renting for $3,995/month. The 802-square-foot apartment has a “Zen-like” interior, per the listing, with oak floors, large windows, and skylights. But most importantly, it comes with a private outdoor space or “garden cabana.” It sits on Berry Street, between North 9th and North 10th streets, near McCarren Park.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $4,000/month?

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    Upper West Side
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    Midtown East
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