Looking for your perfect rental apartment in one of the many Manhattan neighborhoods? Maybe try looking a little off the beaten path. Two recent articles reminded me that one of the best things about New York City is that it’s huge, wonderfully interconnected, and filled with an enormous number of distinct communities, most of which happily exist below the real-estate-hype radar, and one of which may be perfect for you.
The New York Post, for example, had a piece on Manhattan rental apartments in what they call the “Far West Side”, which is basically the semi-industrial area between Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, on 9th and 10th Avenues. Although that stretch of Manhattan real estate is still somewhat desolate–”whole blocks are used to store rental trucks”, as Post reporter Katherine Dykstra puts it–the area is changing (thanks High Line! thanks never-ending demand for Manhattan rentals!), with luxury rental new developments going up left and right, and all of the attendant stores and services that follow.
The New York Times also ran an article last week about an undervalued Manhattan neighborhood, this one uptown, centered on Fort Washington Avenue, and sometimes called Hudson Heights. A micro-neighborhood within the larger Washington Heights, Hudson Heights has apartments for rent within its (approximate) boundaries of Fort Tryon Park to the north, Broadway to the east, 181st Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. The community is quiet and friendly, with neighbors smiling and saying hello and stopping to chat on the sidewalk, says the Times. And although it may sound far away to downtown-centric Manhattan-ites, it’s only about 25 minutes via the subway from Union Square.
The bottom line: Just because you think you might not be able to afford to rent an apartment in a Manhattan neighborhood, doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t. It just means that you might have to look at neighborhoods a little off the beaten path.
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