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Old 10-24-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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Yep - Unless you last name is Rockefeller or you're a High-level Investment Banker...Manhattan is just NOT doable without roommates...I used to say below 110th now it's the entire Island...and I talking about something decent, not rat infested crack houses.
Not true. We live in a lovely building without any infestations with an elevator, laundry, etc., close to the subway and we pay around $1500 for a large one-bedroom in Manhattan. My husband could afford the rent on his own and he is by no means a Rockefeller - just a teacher who hasn't even been teaching that long.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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Not true. We live in a lovely building without any infestations with an elevator, laundry, etc., close to the subway and we pay around $1500 for a large one-bedroom in Manhattan. My husband could afford the rent on his own and he is by no means a Rockefeller - just a teacher who hasn't even been teaching that long.
I have a few friends who pay between 1500-1800 for nice studios in nice area. They may not be $1,000sq ft but they are still nice clean places.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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Not true. We live in a lovely building without any infestations with an elevator, laundry, etc., close to the subway and we pay around $1500 for a large one-bedroom in Manhattan. My husband could afford the rent on his own and he is by no means a Rockefeller - just a teacher who hasn't even been teaching that long.

good for you. its rare though.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Not true. We live in a lovely building without any infestations with an elevator, laundry, etc., close to the subway and we pay around $1500 for a large one-bedroom in Manhattan. My husband could afford the rent on his own and he is by no means a Rockefeller - just a teacher who hasn't even been teaching that long.
Where in Manhattan? It sounds to good to be true for the prime areas.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:48 PM
 
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What is your max budget if you live by yourself? You say you really want to live in Manhattan, so the choice you will have to make is between living outside of Manhattan or living in one of the less expensive areas in Manhattan.

If I live by myself I wouldn't mind living outside of Manhattan, as long as it was close to public transportation. The only place I know for sure I do not want to live is upper Manhattan because I know the area is not so great and I think it would be just as long as a commute. By the way my job is a court reporter during the day and I bartend at night now... Hopefully I would be able to find a bartending job at night as well so I could supplement my income and eventually live in Manhattan which is my goal within a year or two.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Not true. We live in a lovely building without any infestations with an elevator, laundry, etc., close to the subway and we pay around $1500 for a large one-bedroom in Manhattan. My husband could afford the rent on his own and he is by no means a Rockefeller - just a teacher who hasn't even been teaching that long.

$1500 would be my max budget that is IF I could find a night bartending job to go along with the court reporting.. but the problem is that alot of places I have seen ask for pay history of jobs held in NYC. Are all places like that? and i don't think it would be that hard for me to find a bartending job at night considering I have ten years experience doing it and I am still young enough to do it. I also hear the money is so much better doing that in NYC than florida If I could find a decent one bedroom for $1500 in Manhattan I would love that!
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:07 AM
 
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Keep in mind that you will need to have at least $60,000 of annual income to rent a $1500 apartment in Manhattan. And yes, they ask for pay history but if you show them an offer letter or employment contract from NYC once you get a job normally that will suffice. You can find a 1 bedroom in Inwood, west of Broadway for $1500 or less. Not sure what people have told you but Inwood is not a bad neighborhood, and it has great subway access. As far as commute times, it depends where you work. Last week I made it all the way from Inwood to the Battery Park area in 55 minutes, door to door, on the subway.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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Where in Manhattan? It sounds to good to be true for the prime areas.
We live in "Hudson Heights" - but I just call it plain old Washington Heights. The person who I was responding to stated that all of Manhattan was only for Rockefellers. Which is not true as there are plenty of nice neighborhoods in Upper Manhattan. I mean seriously, there is a Pilates studio across the street from my apartment and at least three CSA pick-ups in the immediate area. You can't get much more yuppie than that.

Now that I think about it, I should keep it to myself. The more people who know about the neighborhood, the more expensive it will become.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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We live in "Hudson Heights" - but I just call it plain old Washington Heights. The person who I was responding to stated that all of Manhattan was only for Rockefellers. Which is not true as there are plenty of nice neighborhoods in Upper Manhattan. I mean seriously, there is a Pilates studio across the street from my apartment and at least three CSA pick-ups in the immediate area. You can't get much more yuppie than that.

Now that I think about it, I should keep it to myself. The more people who know about the neighborhood, the more expensive it will become.
It sounds great, but most people wouldn't consider that a "prime area" of Manhattan.

I certainly agree, though, that living in Manhattan isn't necessarily for the uber-wealthy. You just have to hunt a little harder! The benefits far outweigh the sacrifices.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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Seriously. I never said it was "prime" Manhattan. That was the point.
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