Cheap Housing New York City

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    Hey there! I'm taking the summer off from school to take a position at a marketing company for the summer. So, I'm from a small country town in Texas and go to school in Hawaii. My knowledge of NYC is moderate at best. So, in my pursuit to find decent housing for the summer, I thought I'd ask my fellow gays if you have any advice or suggestions. I'll be staying from the middle of May to the last week of August before returning to school.

    Any websites or places you'd recommend I check? Which neighborhoods to stay out of? Places to have a good time on the weekend? Know any friends looking to rent out a room?

    Thanks a ton friends!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:19 PM GMT
    NYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.
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    Apr 29, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
    I'd been to SF the weekend before I moved there. :/

    #leapoffaith
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
    Snaz saidI'd been to SF the weekend before I moved there. :/

    #leapoffaith
    Yeah and you most likely suffered from severe sticker shock when you saw the price of housing in San Francisco.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.

    You forget that when you're young you don't care if you have to live in a shoebox, you just want to be around the excitement.
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 29, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    Check out Jersey City. You're much closer to Manhattan than you would be if you were in Brooklyn (which could be an asset depending on where you're working) and there are good deals to be had there.
  • buddycat

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    Apr 29, 2014 7:30 PM GMT
    Yes, NYC is notoriously expensive. Best you can do is Jersey burbs. Commuting into the city via trains is relatively easy. I have talked to people in the village who told me it took him an hour to get there from one of the outer boroughs.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidCheck out Jersey City. You're much closer to Manhattan than you would be if you were in Brooklyn (which could be an asset depending on where you're working) and there are good deals to be had there.


    ^I agree

    I live in Jersey City and the expense is less compared to actually living in NYC, but you get more bang for your buck in terms of price to space ratio. It is close enough where the commute is comparable to living in certain parts of NYC. For me to get to Manhattan takes about the same time for someone who is from Brooklyn. The train ride to get into Manhattan is 20 mins and it takes me 15-20 mins to walk to the train station. There are options to take a bus to the train terminal or directly into NYC's port authority at 42nd st (25 - 35 mins depending upon traffic).

    I would definitely suggest you look into Jersey City. But also you can look for subletting deals for rooms in NYC. Over the summer people tend to travel so there can be more people looking to sublet for a couple of months.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 29, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
    Talk to your placement office at school. See if they can guide you to alumni in the city that might want a house-sitter or take a ad in the school alumni magazine. Maybe check out your gay alliance to see if there's an alum who's active in the NY area.
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    Apr 29, 2014 8:05 PM GMT
    I live in Jersey City too. Its a $2.25 train ride away from Manhattan. The commute from here to Manhattan is no different from any of the outer boroughs to be honest (commuting from Staten Island is the pits though)

    Hudson county in general has a lot of options. Hoboken can be just as expensive as Manhattan though.
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    Apr 29, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.


    oh hell no. it's expensive as fuck to live in new jersey too especially north jersey. icon_lol.gif there's a lot of people moving out of here because of that shit. even the ghetto areas are expensive as fuck too. 700 dollars a month for rent.

    i hear some folks saying jersey city BUT i heard over there is just as expensive too. must be like far from downtown, outside or the ghetto areas where they're talking about.


    It is NOT just as expensive. It's still expensive considering it's prime location, but you will have much better luck here than any of the other boroughs by far. $1,200/mo for a 2 bedroom in a decent area of JC is doable, but will be near impossible in NYC.
  • ltwtwrslnyc

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    Apr 29, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    Universities and colleges sometimes rent out their dorm rooms or apartments over the summer. I would check those out too.
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    You can try the sublets section on NYC craigslist. About 3 months available, it shouldn't be a problem. Try like share a room, roommate/house. Try Queens, Brooklyn or Jersey?
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
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  • PR_GMR

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    Apr 29, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
    ElectroShark said
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.

    You forget that when you're young you don't care if you have to live in a shoebox, you just want to be around the excitement.


    Exactly.

    ..............

    To the OP: I've been living in NYC for the past year and a half. My reccomendation is that you find a place with some roommates either in New Jersey within a short ferry ride to the city.. or Brooklyn or Queens. In the city, you won't find an apartment to live by yourself unless you're making some serious coin, or you have rich parents. Expect to pay $1400/mth minimum to rent a 'closet' in the city. Relatively cheap places in Brooklyn to start looking at: Bushwick (that's where I live), Bedstuy (right next to Bushwick), Crown Heights, Greenpoint or the area around Prospect Park. You could find a place to rent or sublet starting around $700/mth. Forget Williamsburg unless you're making serious coin (It's as expensive as living in NYC..and you'll live with 4 roommates in a shoebox apartment). The main two 'gayborhoods' in NYC are Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, but it's very costly to live there (see statement above). Anyways, Brooklyn is where the soul of NYC is at these days, so you might as well move here.

    If you opt to look at Queens, try looking in Astoria. Many gays live there and it's a nice neighborhood. It's becoming expensive but it's still an option.

    Where to find roommates, apartments, sublets? Start working Craigslist.org hardcore.
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:55 PM GMT
    ElectroShark said
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.

    You forget that when you're young you don't care if you have to live in a shoebox, you just want to be around the excitement.
    but some people should just stay in their parents' basement and avoid interaction.
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    NYU Summer Housing from $181 pw, but you may have missed the boat on that one.

    https://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/overview.htm
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:31 PM GMT
    PR_GMR said
    ElectroShark said
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.

    You forget that when you're young you don't care if you have to live in a shoebox, you just want to be around the excitement.


    Exactly.

    ..............

    To the OP: I've been living in NYC for the past year and a half. My reccomendation is that you find a place with some roommates either in New Jersey within a short ferry ride to the city.. or Brooklyn or Queens. In the city, you won't find an apartment to live by yourself unless you're making some serious coin, or you have rich parents. Expect to pay $1400/mth minimum to rent a 'closet' in the city. Relatively cheap places in Brooklyn to start looking at: Bushwick (that's where I live), Bedstuy (right next to Bushwick), Crown Heights, Greenpoint or the area around Prospect Park. You could find a place to rent or sublet starting around $700/mth. Forget Williamsburg unless you're making serious coin (It's as expensive as living in NYC..and you'll live with 4 roommates in a shoebox apartment). The main two 'gayborhoods' in NYC are Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, but it's very costly to live there (see statement above). Anyways, Brooklyn is where the soul of NYC is at these days, so you might as well move here.

    If you opt to look at Queens, try looking in Astoria. Many gays live there and it's a nice neighborhood. It's becoming expensive but it's still an option.

    Where to find roommates, apartments, sublets? Start working Craigslist.org hardcore.


    Thanks Mate! Very helpful
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:43 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidNYU Summer Housing from $181 pw, but you may have missed the boat on that one.

    https://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/overview.htm



    Thanks Mate! I just started registering there.
  • waccamatt

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    Apr 29, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    roadbikeRob saidNYC is extremely expensive to live in. For cheaper housing you are going to have to live in the outermost suburbs in Connecticut or in New Jersey. I don't understand why many of you young guys want to come to either New York City or to San Francisco. Both cities are outrageous in living costs and it is not easy to get by in either of these so-called urban gay meccas.


    oh hell no. it's expensive as fuck to live in new jersey too especially north jersey. icon_lol.gif there's a lot of people moving out of here because of that shit. even the ghetto areas are expensive as fuck too. 700 dollars a month for rent.

    i hear some folks saying jersey city BUT i heard over there is just as expensive too. must be like far from downtown, outside or the ghetto areas where they're talking about.


    $700 is cheap almost anywhere.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:16 PM GMT
    I live in the suburbs of Tampa, land of the ten dollar an hour job, and you can't get a one bedroom apartment for less than $850 a month to live in boring strip mall suburbia. To say 700 a month is expensive is laughable.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    Guys, telling a noob to move to Queens, Brooklyn, Jersey City, or the Bronx isn't exactly helping him.

    OP, shoot me an email, and I'll send you to a couple of friends who may be able to help (they're young, and were recently in your shoes).
  • imnotsojocky

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    Apr 30, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidCheck out Jersey City. You're much closer to Manhattan than you would be if you were in Brooklyn (which could be an asset depending on where you're working) and there are good deals to be had there.


    dont trust anyone from reno to give you advice on NYC I JOKE I JOKE

    but really JC is not closer than most of brooklyn but more importantly you should look for a sublet with roomates and DO live in the city...maybe close to where you are working...just my advice
  • metta

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    Apr 30, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    http://www.nakedapartments.com/nyc/cheap-apartments-nyc

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/realestate/the-truly-affordable-new-york-apartment.html?_r=0

    http://www.urbanedgeny.com/top-10-real-estate/nyc-affordable-neighborhoods

    Aparments.com

    This is a little old but it shows that Staten Island is cheaper

    http://www.timeout.com/newyork/style-design/cheap-apartments-in-nyc-where-to-find-affordable-studios-and-1brs


    http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Staten_Island,NY


    http://staten-island-new-york.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartments-for-rent/cheap
  • FRE0

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    Apr 30, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    I've heard that the Waldorf Astoria NYC is very nice.