Maybe $2,500 a month doesn't seem like much in this crazy city of ours, but you can find something in every borough for that price point. As always, the further you get from Manhattan the bigger your place will be, but there are some solid choices here (especially if you're single or coupled without kids). It's rental high season, though, so be prepared to move quickly on these places.
HARLEM, MANHATTAN: A newly renovated one-bedroom with hardwood floors, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and central air in a pet-friendly building with a virtual doorman that's steps from Morningside Park at 364 West 119th Street (between Manhattan and Morningside avenues).
MANHATTAN VALLEY, MANHATTAN: A large studio with a new separate kitchen and a windowed renovated bathroom in a condo building with an elevator and a live-in super at 209 West 104th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues). Available September 1.LINCOLN SQUARE, MANHATTAN: A small one-bedroom with new kitchen appliances and a renovated bathroom on the second floor of a small walk-up building near Central Park at 15 West 64th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus).
PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN: A gut-renovated alcove studio with an in-unit washer and dryer and stainless steel appliances in a corner brownstone that's across from Prospect Park at 94 Prospect Park West (between Fifth and Sixth). No broker's fee.GREENWOOD, BROOKLYN: A full-floor renovated two-bedroom, one-bath with new hardwood floors, USB charging outlets and original wooden beams on the second floor of a small multi-family house at 135 28th Street (between 4th and Gowanus Expressway).CLINTON HILL, BROOKLYN: A one-bedroom with a stained-glass window, an oversized clawfoot tub, and marble fireplace mantle in a historic brownstone half a block from the Pratt campus at 32 Saint James Place (between Lafayette and DeKalb).
HUNTERS POINT, QUEENS: A one-bedroom condo with Viking Professional Kitchen upgrade, south open views, solid hardwood flooring, a washer and dryer, and triple-paned windows in a building with a gym, outdoor space and a virtual doorman that sits above the 7 train at Vernon-Jackson at 10-50 Jackson Avenue (between 50th and 51st).
JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS: A three-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a parking space that's about a half a mile to the M and R trains in a multi-family house at 64-20 32nd Avenue (between 68th and the BQE).
NEW DORP BEACH, STATEN ISLAND: A renovated three-bedroom, two-bath condo with stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, and use of a side yard in a ranch-style house at 156 Finley Avenue (between Marine and Ebbitts).
MOTT HAVEN, BRONX: A recently renovated three-bedroom, one-bath with stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, hardwood floors, deep bathtubs, and central A/C and heat in a pet-friendly walk-up at 349 East 138th Street (between Alexander and Willis). No broker's fee.
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