New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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An apartment search in New York City can be a hassle, but the sites below can help you every step of the way. Get acquainted with New York's diverse neighborhoods, learn where to search for an apartment, find general moving tips and much more.
- Classified ads are a great way to find an apartment but use your judgment. For example, if an ad tells you to bring a cash deposit when you come to look, it’s most likely a scam.
- Most neighborhoods in New York have forums or message boards. If you’re considering moving to a particular spot, get a truthful picture of what it’s like by visiting those sites. You can find them by entering the neighborhood name + forum into a search engine.
- If you’re using classified ads to look for apartments with brokers, you may catch a break by calling the broker that represents an apartment and asking her to tell you about other apartments that are unlisted.
- It’s not impossible to find an apartment without a broker but it’s not easy. You’ll save money on the broker’s fee but you may have to settle on a less desirable place.
For general tips on moving and finding an apartment …
's head editor Ben Popken moved from Denver to New York City, and now sheds light on “HOW TO: Move To New York City Sane And Not Broke.” Aside from some crass language and humor, you’ll find useful tips on how to prepare, how to find a place, how to save money and how to adjust to life in a new city.
's “Renter’s Guide” encourages you to hire one of the company’s brokers but also has some useful free information about renting an apartment. Don’t miss the glossary for an introduction to some of the lingo you may encounter when looking for an apartment in New York City.
For neighborhood overviews …
New York Magazine
presents comprehensive evaluations of 25 neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. You’ll find a basic overview, tips on bargains and restaurants, some real estate analysis and related magazine features. Remember that some information may be dated as the original article was written in 2003.
is a blog that covers Brooklyn, “inside and out.” People looking to rent or buy in Brooklyn will find the site particularly useful, as it provides thorough coverage of various neighborhoods in Brooklyn and their real estate markets.
The New York Police Department
provides crime statistics for the entire city divided up by borough and precinct. The information isn’t meant to scare you; in fact, sometimes just being aware of your surroundings and what to expect helps to keep you safe.
For finding an apartment to rent or buy …
is the amateur housing authority for New York City. You’ll find ads for rentals, sublets, shared rooms, and more. Select your desired borough and search for apartments with or without a broker. Craigslist is completely free to use.
allows you to search for apartments to rent or buy by neighborhood, price. Registering for a free account allows you to keep your searches.
NYC Rent Guidelines Board
provides on- and off-line resources for finding an apartment in New York. Especially note the classified ads link
, page for all the local daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and community press publications that advertise rental opportunities.
New York Habitat
is an online real estate broker that locates temporary housing for as little as two nights and as long as “indefinitely.” Whether you’re looking for vacation housing, a furnished sublet or a roommate to share a home with, the site has an extensive selection to meet your needs. There is a fee for the service, although you can get information about a rental free of charge.
For apartment hunting on a budget …
The NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center
offers (not surprisingly) tips on how to find an affordable apartment in New York City. You’ll also learn how to impress a landlord, and find information on current lotteries and public housing.
For following the real estate market …
is a blog by a self-described “soldier in the trenches of the Manhattan real estate war.” He reports on the real estate market but also shares stories about apartment hunting, New York life and general financial issues.
is a magazine geared toward the co-op and condo community. Articles cover management, finance, maintenance and other legal matters, as well as tips for prospective buyers on getting into a co-op. Take a look at the “NYC Living” section on the right for an overview of buildings, neighborhoods, trends and buying and selling.
For renter and tenant information …
comes to your aid when you’re about to sign a lease and wondering if the rent is too high. Enter your address, the number of bedrooms you have, and the number of units in the building, and the site compares your rent with other rents in your neighborhood.
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