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Old 01-03-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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How on earth did you get an apartment for $750? Maybe a SHARE for $750, but not an apartment on your own. Unless of course you have had it for awhile, and your rent has increased that much.

new york craigslist > queens > housing: search for "astoria"
I just moved in December 1st. I found the ad on craigslist through a broker. I had to pay one month's fee, but it was worth it. It's like a semi-basement, but not really. I'm on ground level. I have gas, heat, and possibly electric included (can't remember what the landlord said is included, and I haven't received any electric bill as of yet). It's a 3 family house. When I mentioned to the landlord how cheap it was compared to most apartments in this area, he said he isn't looking to make a profit and just wants to give someone a place to live. He's a nice guy. He told me the owner next door is renting the same exact apartment I have for $900.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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don't forget the overpriced bodegas and generic steam table buffets

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Granted. But when I think Midtown, I think "all the office locations I have ever worked". (I freelanced for about 5 years and in that time, I worked almost exclusively in the midtown area.) So in those areas, and the Rockefeller area too, I never found many ameneties that would accomodate residency. Mosty very expensive takeout places, lots of "Boltons" and handbag stores. A few shoe shine places and cleaners.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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I think LosAngeles should look into the West Village. It's close to downtown and has all the things he/she is looking for.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:16 PM
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I've heard about Roosevelt Island, do you guys think a good option too? Just a remind, I don't have car
Roosevelt Island is a terrible idea. If you are going to be actually working on Wallstreet (i.e. downtown), the best advice you have received so far is Hoboken, NJ. Cheaper than Manhattan (where $2000 a month doesn't go very far), closer to work than any of the outer boroughs and much of Manhattan and you will pay less income tax.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: New York
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I just moved in December 1st. I found the ad on craigslist through a broker. I had to pay one month's fee, but it was worth it. It's like a semi-basement, but not really. I'm on ground level. I have gas, heat, and possibly electric included (can't remember what the landlord said is included, and I haven't received any electric bill as of yet). It's a 3 family house. When I mentioned to the landlord how cheap it was compared to most apartments in this area, he said he isn't looking to make a profit and just wants to give someone a place to live. He's a nice guy. He told me the owner next door is renting the same exact apartment I have for $900.
You have an unusual situation. I don't think most people can expect to rent (alone) for less than $900.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: bronx - north
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manhattan is actually just 1/5th of nyc. there is more to nyc than manhattan. I hope the out of towners can realise that. no wonder the real estate over there is just out of this world because people HAVE TO LIVE IN MANHATTAN.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:55 AM
 
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Guys, no matter what apartment I rent and its location, should I have consider other taxes on rental (in NYC) besides broker fee and usual bills (electricity etc)?

Another thing, I was afraid when I used the tax calculator (https://www.paycycle.com/external/bu...alculators.jsp) to check my net pay. My income will be 105k year (bi-week) and my calculated net pay was $2,678.30 (I used an imaginary value for both health and dental plan, 100,00 and 50,00). Is my net pay correct? Maybe that is a stupid question, but sorry I am not from the US.

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LosAngeles
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: New York
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Guys, no matter what apartment I rent and its location, should I have consider other taxes on rental (in NYC) besides broker fee and usual bills (electricity etc)?

Another thing, I was afraid when I used the tax calculator (https://www.paycycle.com/external/bu...alculators.jsp) to check my net pay. My income will be 105k year (bi-week) and my calculated net pay was $2,678.30 (I used an imaginary value for both health and dental plan, 100,00 and 50,00). Is my net pay correct? Maybe that is a stupid question, but sorry I am not from the US.

Many thanks,
LosAngeles

Do your already have a job? I would think that your insurances would be more. Don't forget about deductions from your check for TransitChek, 401K.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:34 AM
 
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Yes, I do. Couple days ago my employer said to me that my net pay would be about 5,500.00. Maybe I didn't fill out the form calculator correctly, but if I did correctly this net pay won't be enough to live in the US at all and I will give up the job offer.

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LosAngeles
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:07 AM
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manhattan is actually just 1/5th of nyc. there is more to nyc than manhattan. I hope the out of towners can realise that. no wonder the real estate over there is just out of this world because people HAVE TO LIVE IN MANHATTAN.
Personally I wouldn't pay all those city taxes to live anywhere in the city other than Manhattan. I would chose Hoboken, NJ over Brooklyn and Stamford, CT or Whiteplains over the Northern Bronx.
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