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City Guide
New York

Many people move to the Big Apple with images of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha’s “Sex and the City” pads floating in their heads. Manhattan is completely doable if you look in the northern regions of Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. These neighborhoods more budget-friendly. The only drawback to living ‘round these parts could be your commute downtown (assuming that’s where you’ll be winning your bread). Thirty-minute commutes to the subway train are standard fare, so you better bring some comfy walking shoes. Whoever said a little exercise was a bad thing anyway?

Another neighborhood to check out is the “new” Upper East Side, in the 80’s close to York Avenue. Has a plethora of dive bars.

Your New York options are truly endless! We suggest pointing yourself towards the East Village for an amazing nightlife, the West Village for cobblestone-street cuteness and adorable sidewalk eateries, Midtown for easy access to the best theater in the world, the Upper East Side for endless museums, or the Upper West Side for strolls through Central Park with your pooch.


If you’re a foodie at heart, Queens may just be the borough for you. It has often been said, “I ate my way around the world and never left Queens!” The main thing to keep in mind if you decide to go to one of the outer boroughs is commuting time. Obviously, the closer you are to Manhattan, the shorter your commute will be. And if you end up in the outer-reaches of a far-out borough, make sure you are close to public transportation.


Brooklyn has their spacey apartments. The farther east or south you go, the further your dollar stretches. Just keep that commute we warned you about locked in your mind.

The Bronx

Ahh, the Boogie-Down Bronx! The South Bronx is home to Yankee Stadium, so the area is undergoing a lot of positive development. Amazing deals and lifestyles can also be found in the Northeast Bronx in the neighborhoods of Pelham Parkway and Co-cop City. The apartments will be spacier, and you’ll ultimately get more bang for your buck...not only in rent, but also bodegas, grocery stores and restaurants. When it comes to having and housing a car, The Bronx is the most user-friendly neighborhood around. It's not uncommon to find street parking, and the parking garages are a fraction of what you will pay in other boroughs.

Staten Island

If you are looking to stay with the suburb experience while still calling yourself a “New Yorker”, we would recommend living in Staten Island. It can only be reached by a bridge from Brooklyn (i.e. a car is a must), or a 20-minute ferry ride that will take you to the bottom of Manhattan. The North Shore is home to the hoods St. George, Tompkinsville, Clifton and Stapleton, and is the most urban of the island.

Big City Living

Once you get to NYC, there are a few things you should know to help you make you look like less of a transplant.

Getting Around Town:

  • Ditch the car. In NYC you can get just about anywhere using public transportation and your own two feet. Owning a car in NYC is more of a liability than a convenience: with limited parking (running as high as $400 a month), perpetual bumper to bumper traffic, insurance, gas, and all of the potential tickets from NYC’s extreme parking laws, you’re better off selling your car to help pay the rent.
  • Learn the subway system. Know your line. Know your train car. Know your schedule. The subway runs 24/7.
  • The left side of the subway escalator is for those rushing, stay on the right side if you’re feeling like a casual stroll.
  • Invest in a good pair of shoes for walking. You’ll be doing a lot of it.
  • Carry with you a quality collapsible umbrella. It rains a lot in NYC and, not to beat it into the ground, but you’ll be doing a lot of walking.

Now that your unlimited MetroCard has been put to good use, let’s reconvene! New York’s 5 boroughs are home to over 8 million people speaking over 800 languages. And no matter the borough you choose to call home, we’re sure you’ll bring something unique and amazing to the table. Get your apartment fondue skewers.

Rent Report
New York
May 2017 New York City Rent Report

NYC rents grew over the past month

Rent prices in New York City increased by 0.3% over the past month, and prices are 0.9% higher than last year. 1-bedrooms in New York City have a median rent of $3,200, while 2-bedrooms cost $4,260.

Greenwich Village has the highest rents in NYC

  • Greenwich Village: Despite a 2.1% decrease in rents over the past month, Greenwich Village is the most expensive neighborhood for renters in the city. A 2-bedroom there runs $6,650, and 1-bedrooms rent for $3,900.
  • Chelsea: Chelsea has the 3rd highest rent prices in NYC. Median rents in Chelsea are at $6,200 for 2-bedrooms and $4,130 for 1-beds. Rents in Chelsea grew by 1.4% over the past month.
  • Midtown East: Midtown East is the 4th most expensive neighborhood for renters. 2-bedrooms in Midtown East cost $5,940, and 1-bedrooms go for $3,500. Rents have decreased by 2.9% over the past month, and prices are 1.5% lower than last year.

Upper East Side shows the fastest-growing rents

  • Upper East Side: Having experienced a 2.1% increase in rents over the past year, the Upper East Side shows the fastest-growing rents in the city. 1- and 2-bedrooms there cost $3,100 and $6,480, respectively.
  • Kips Bay: Kips Bay rents show the 2nd highest year-over-year growth, at a 1.9% increase over last year. 2-bedrooms in Kips Bay have a median rent of $4,470, and 1-bedrooms cost $3,490.
  • Upper West Side: Rent prices in the Upper West Side have grown by 1.2% in the past year, and prices increased by 0.9% over the past month. A 2-bedroom there rents for $5,800, while 1-beds run $3,500.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Neighborhood Median 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Greenwich Village $3900 $6650 -2.1% 0.3%
Upper East Side $3100 $6480 0.6% 2.1%
Chelsea $4130 $6200 1.4% 1.2%
Midtown East $3500 $5940 -2.9% -1.5%
Upper West Side $3500 $5800 0.9% 1.2%
Financial District $3970 $5780 -2.1% 0.5%
Clinton $3430 $5660 -0.4% -2.2%
West Village $4010 $5500 -0.7% 1.0%
Kips Bay $3490 $4470 -1.5% 1.9%
East Village $3250 $3600 -2.5% -1.0%


Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

New York Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how New York ranks on:
B Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
B Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
F Affordability
D Quality of schools
C Weather
B+ Commute time
D State and local taxes
A+ Public transit
B+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for New York City from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in New York are relatively satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Ratings in most categories largely included average or above average scores, with more significant variance across others.”

Key findings in NYC include the following:

  • New York renters gave their city a B overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for New York were access to public transit (A+) and access to parks (A-).
  • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (B), safety (B), and commute times (B+).
  • The biggest causes for dissatisfaction in NYC included state and local taxes (D), quality of local schools (D), and affordability/cost of living (F).
  • Millennial renters seem to be pretty well satisfied with life in New York, giving the city an A- overall.
  • Renters are not quite as satisfied in New York as they are in other East Coast cities such as Washington DC (A-) and Boston (A+). However, compared to other similarly sized cities like Los Angeles (C) and Chicago (B-), NYC is doing pretty well.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “New York is the place for any young person to make themselves into whoever they want to be. The amount of opportunity this city provides outweighs the small negative aspects.” — Ryan M.
  • “There's always something to do!” —Angel H.
  • “One thing I hate about New York City is the expenses. I dislike that no matter how hard a minimum-wage student works, day in and day out, they will just be getting by in the city.” —Ashley G.
  • “There are so many things to do in NYC, but every year that goes by it seems that the city is becoming more and more overcrowded.” —Ryan J.