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Old 03-26-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Hey Everyone. I recently accepted a job in midtown manhattan (near penn station) and am planning to move to the city in early or mid-July. I'm a 27 yr single guy, no kids, salary in the mid-80s. I'm interested in moving to a neighborhood within a 10-minute subway ride, or even walking distance (I like to walk a lot). I would prefer not to use a broker to find an apartment. I'm hoping to find a one-bedroom or alcove studio for $2,000 or less. I have a couple questions for all of you:

1) I've been looking at the midtown-east and upper east side neighborhoods. For those of you who have found no-fee apartments in these areas, did you use craigslist or another method? I signed up for a three month subscription to RDNY. Have any of you had success with this website/service? Were landlords responsive to your phone-calls? Do you think it is easier to find apartments that are walk-ups as opposed to elevator buildings?

2) How long should I wait before I start "actively" searching for an apartment? Do you think it would be easier to find a lease that starts in June as opposed to one that starts in July (due to the high summer rental demand)?

3) How much do you think I should set aside for costs to have my furniture and possessions (from a one-bedroom) in NJ moved to NYC (manhattan)?

Sorry for all these questions, but your responses would be very helpful!!

Thanks!

Stressedoutguy
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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If you live on the West side your commute will be shorter.

And it wouldn't be bad idea to start looking a month early--you'll get an idea of what's actually out there and you'll have more confidence in your final decision, which always seems to be split-second and rushed.
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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If you live on the West side your commute will be shorter.
Big time. I wouldn't look on the east side for a commute to Penn Station. It's not that far, but not particularly convenient. You might want to look in what CL is calling "Midtown West"
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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In my experience a convenient commute lasted only a brief time before the company moved offices or I changed jobs.

But you've got to start somewhere, I guess!
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