We all have different, if overlapping, criteria for our ideal New York City community, and there are no shortage of good neighborhood portraits out there to help you find you way… including, of course, our own NYC Neighborhood Guide right here on Urban Edge. But recently I’ve seen two new, very specific ways of look at different communities all over the city, and since one of the keys to a successful NYC rental apartment hunt is doing your research before going out there (and keeping an open mind to neighborhoods you might think you know, but maybe don’t!), here’s a quick look at both of these methods.
Our friends at Curbed posted a couple of maps from Zumper, and not long ago looked at the best NYC neighborhoods in terms of “commute time vs. money saved on rent”, as well as “cold pockets” of low prices within generally high-end communities. These new maps are more straightforward: median rent for 1BR and 2BR apartments, by neighborhood, mostly in Manhattan but also a few across the river in Brooklyn and Queens. There are not a lot of surprises here–Tribeca’s expensive!–but looked at side by side you can quickly see which neighborhood gives you the best relative value if your looking for a roommate-type situation. For example: Greenpoint only increases about $150 from a one- to a two-bedroom (nice!), whereas in the West Village you’ll find a median jump of nearly $2300 (yikes!).
Brick Underground takes a different tack for its NYC rental apartment slicing and dicing with a terrific look at “10 Great Neighborhoods for Recent College Grads”. The criteria here–each nabe is rated for its Affordable Rent, Cool Factor, Nightlife, Parental Approval, and Convenience–is of interest to a much broader segment than recent graduates, so I suggest anyone new (or -ish) in town to take a look. Murray Hill in Manhattan is here, of course, as is the Upper West Side and Williamsburg, but it’s also nice to see the likes of Alphabet City (off-the-charts cool factor and nightlife, if low on the mom-and-dad-approved scale), Gowanus (same, but more affordable, and pictured above), and the revitalized Prospect Heights area.