Moving to nyc
Hi all. What a great forum!!!
The best sources for apartments on the upper west side is the New York Times classifieds. These days there are a lot of open houses on weekends, many of them for "no-fee" apartments so you won't have to pay a brokers fee, which is usually two months' rent!
Thanks Joel. Question: It seems almost all the NY Times ads are either associated with brokers or one of the "no fee" internet sites (Gotham City, EasyRent, NoRentalFee.com, 212 Apts.). Any words of wisdom on these so-called no-fee sites?
These listing sites charge you a fee to get listings from them and then you have to contact directly the super/landlord for the building. The fee is refundable if you aren't able to rent from the listings they give you, except for a $15 or so admin fee.
http://www.jakobson.com/ They own buildings all over the city, and they rent them all out themselves. I got an apartment from them when I first moved to NYC. Their buildings tend not to be on the upper end of things, but plenty livable.
When I moved to NYC, I had to find an apartment fast, so I did use a broker. I went to quite a few looking for apartments on the UWS, and the best broker by far was JK Dansar. They're at 252 W 76th, phone number 212-721-2700. The worst apartment they showed us was better than the crap that the bigger brokers tried to push. I'm extremely happy with my current apartment, which is right around the corner from their office.
If you can't find anything while you are up here, you might consider throwing all of your furniture into storage and subletting something for a while until you find a place. That way you don't have rush into a longer lease for a place you don't like, and you don't have to put off starting work. I also advise everyone looking for a place to look at the Cobble Hill, Carrol Gardens, Park Slope neighborhoods in Brooklyn because they are beautiful neighborhoods (you typically are renting a floor or two in a 19th century brownstone) and neighborhood shops and restaurants are more charming and friendlier.
The results: A very nice one-bedroom with totally redone kitchen, bathroom and closets in a great part of the upper west side for $2100 per month. For a little less than that I found two other great apartments -- for $1950 and $2000. (Note that these I found all these via craigslist, not through a broker.) I must've looked at 20 apartments total. It was a draining experience, but I'm really happy with the outcome.
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