Anonymous asked: Elle! I'm about to move to NYC and I wanted to know if you had any advice about finding affordable apartments in Brooklyn. Any good neighborhoods? My budget is the same as yours. THANKS! BTW I love your blog! SO GLAD the moving hiatus is over. :D
In the (almost) 2 years that I’ve lived in NYC, I’ve lived in 4 different burroughs/neighborhoods, so I can tell you about my experience in each? Also, I’ve found all of my apartments through Craigslist.
When I first moved to the city, I lived in Park Slope (north side), which is super pretty with tree lined streets and big fancy brownstone houses. I loved it. It’s also known for being a really safe neighborhood, if you walk down the street you will notice the crazy number of baby strollers parked outside of little cafes. The big issue there, is that rent prices are insane. To live in a tiny room, the size of a closet, was $800 per month.
Then, I lived in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, also a decent neighborhood and super close to the city, but I was paying $600 to basically live in a tent in someones living room (terrible idea), so I ended up temporarily moving in with Zach and his family in Midtown Manhattan, which under normal circumstances I could never afford in my wildest dreams.
Then, Zach and I moved to Bushwick (in Brooklyn), which is the last place we lived, where I did the little apartment tour. If you’re on a budget like me, I’d recommend this neighborhood, because you’re basically 20 minutes away from Manhattan and rent isn’t too crazy. If you search on Craigslist for apartments for rent in Bushwick you can get a good idea of the price range. The drawback is that some areas are a little sketchy and loud, but not everywhere. I don’t go out late at night often, so I’ve never felt unsafe, but I’ve heard stories from other people. I really like it here though. :) In my experience, this neighborhood has some of the best housing deals I’ve found so far.
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