NY Mag’s Top NYC Neighborhoods and Time Out’s Rental Deals

 TimeOut NY & NY Mag Apartment Issues Have Arrived! Which means…it’s officially Apartment Season in NYC!

Think of it like the hunting season, except that instead of coming home with a poor,  dead  animal, you just get to come home. To your own place. No small  feat!

It kind of baffles me that both Time Out and NY Mag come  out with their ‘official apartment issue’ at the exact same  time — but then I remember how baffled I was when I first moved  here, so I suppose the more resources the better. Plus, each has their  own way of covering the topic.

Here’s how I’d break it down:

First read New York Magazine‘s “The Most Livable Neighborhoods In New York” to get a general sense of the top 50 hoods. It gives you a pretty accurate view of each neighborhood, ranging from Flushing to Sunnyside to Bay Ridge. Oh, you haven’t even HEARD of these neighborhoods? Best get reading! (Also, check out the comments – they add more flavor and show how strongly people feel about their hood.)  Ex-Chicagoan and current New Yorker Nate Silver, of 538 fame, conducted the poll/survey, so you know his rankings were legit:)

Second, read Time Out New York‘s most recent apartment article detailing The City’s 100 Best Apartments Under $2000 (all kinds of technical info from someone who has actually seen the place and an outlay of all fees).  On one hand, this is totally awesome — they’ve done your work for you in scoping out the scene! On the other hand, now the secret is OUT so if you want to take advantage of their leg work, get crackin’.

The article also lists 10 of the city’s Best Brokers — which is normally info that’s only gotten through painful trail and error.

Basically, the two are perfect compliment to one another, which is perhaps the publication’s secret all along. You need both the big and small picture view…and now our favorite NYC magazines give you both!

Good luck:)

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I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.

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