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Best Short-Term Rentals in NYC — All Under $3,000

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Consider these one-bedrooms in the Upper East Side, Bushwick, and Hell’s Kitchen.

A small kitchen with light blue cabinetry and a living room with a dark blue couch, a beige rug, and a large window. Courtesy of Node Living

These are uncertain times for New Yorkers. With hundreds of thousands of the city’s residents facing unemployment as a result of the coronavirus — and some considering moving out of the city altogether — short-term rentals are on the rise. In response to renters’ uncertainty, landlords and property managers are offering more flexibility, including three- to six-month leases, among other concessions.

In April, StreetEasy found that the number of listings offering month-to-month leases increased by more than 70 percent compared with the same time last year. So, this week, we went looking for apartments offering short-term options.

We found three one-bedrooms and one studio — in Bushwick, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side — all under $3,000/month. They all come furnished (one even comes with pots, pans, and cutlery) and some offer perks like rent discounts and utilities included.


A living area with hardwood floors, base and crown moldings, two windows, white walls, a couch, and a fireplace surrounded with blue tiles.
A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, a window with a small A/C unit, wooden cabinets, and hardwood floors. Joseph Ghaida/Courtesy of New York Casas
A small kitchen with beige cabinetry.

Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Rent: $2,950
Why it’s a great deal: Inside a historic, four-story prewar building on the Upper West Side, this bright one-bedroom comes fully furnished and has a roomy living room and a fireplace. The home, which permits short-term leases, is filled with old-world details like base and crown moldings and hardwood floors. One of the main draws is its location at 39 West 88th Street, mere steps from Central Park, down the block from Milk Bar, near the B and C trains at 86th Street, and a six-minute walk to Trader Joe’s. Keep in mind, though: No pets are allowed.

A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, a tall lamp, hardwood floors, and white walls.
A room with a round dining table, three light green chairs, a TV, and a white desk. Courtesy of Barnes New York
A section of a room with a grey couch, hardwood floors, and two wooden coffee tables.

Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Rent: $2,600
Why it’s a great deal: This sizable studio apartment on West 50th Street comes fully furnished with an office desk and dining table. There’s also a dishwasher and a walk-in closet. The apartment is in a 39-story condo building at 350 West 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, down the block from the A, C, and E trains, and next to upscale restaurants like Bann and The Blue Dog Cookhouse and Bar. Plus, the building comes with several amenities including a landscaped courtyard, a common roof deck, and (for a fee) a health club with a saltwater pool.

A small kitchen with a light green fridge, light blue cabinetry, and white tiles on its walls.
A small kitchen with light blue cabinetry and a living room with a dark blue couch, a beige rug, and a large window. Courtesy of Node Living
A living area with a black coffee table, hardwood floors, a standing mirror, a small grey couch, and a black and golden shelf.

Neighborhood: Bushwick
Rent: $2,600
Why it’s a great deal: Inside a co-living space managed by Node Living, this bright one-bedroom in Bushwick comes fully furnished, with an open kitchen, central AC, a living area with high ceilings, and modern decor. The rent includes all utilities, internet, and free on-site laundry. Plus, the building has a common rooftop with views of Manhattan and a resident’s lounge. It’s located at 163 St. Nicholas Avenue, a four-minute walk to the L train at Dekalb Avenue, and near Maria Hernandez Park. The $2,600 rent is a discounted price that will only be valid for a few months — the rent will eventually go up to $2,800, according to the listing.

A living room with a dark grey couch, a wooden coffee table, and a TV on a stand.
A bedroom with a small bed, a closet, a standing black lamp, and a small window. Courtesy of Susan DiLacqua
A kitchen’s counter with a sink and wooden cabinetry.

Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Rent: $2,445
Why it’s a great deal: You can sublet this Upper East Side one-bedroom until February 2021 for $2,445/month. It’s a rent-stabilized unit with new floors, a renovated kitchen with a dishwasher, and a large living room. Plus, you can keep the furniture inside the apartment: a bed, sofas, coffee table, TV, and a set of pots and pans. It’s located at 303 East 76th Street, between First and Second avenues, next to Boqueria and SinCity Burger, and a five-minute walk to the Q train at 72nd Street.