Hidden Gems

Appeared in Refinery29.com

By Sarabeth Sanders 

So your lease is up in June? Welcome to the club: the lunch-break-apartment-hunting, Google-Street-View-ing, StreetEasy-bookmarking, income-divided-by-40-calculating club. Yes, this is by far the busiest, most competitive, and most expensive time of year to rent an apartment in New York City. And we know it’s totally daunting.

After all, this is a city where a dishwasher is considered a luxury amenity and a sixth-floor walk-up is worth considering, given its proximity to an express train. But, it’s also a city where taking that express train just a few extra stops can land you in an up-and-coming neighborhood with spacious, chic, and affordable homes. And where, if you’re able and willing to pay for it, you can have white-glove concierge service at your door, any hour of the day, sending out and picking up your dry cleaning, or refrigerating your FreshDirect deliveries while you’re stuck working late. In short, this city can be pretty great. The trick is finding a place to house your bed, your clothing, and occasionally, yourself — that doesn’t completely suck.

Diamonds in the rough exist, of course. But getting in the door usually requires a bit of luck and someone in the know to ensure your rental application rises to the top of a very tall pile. Here, we break down the basics for how to make that happen. Click through to check out some of the city’s latest and greatest apartments for rent, and to hear tips of the trade from veteran leasing brokers who were kind enough to offer up their secrets.

Midtown West

330 West 39th Street (Crystal Green) (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), $2,949.

Pricey though it is, you’ll rent directly from the landlord and at least avoid a broker’s fee for this lovely and ultra-convenient apartment, blocks from Times Square’s many transportation options and Hell’s Kitchen’s plethora of trendy restaurants. There are four closets, new stainless-steel appliances, and washer/dryer in the unit, and the building, known as Crystal Green, is all-over luxury, with a fitness club, billiard room, 24-hour garage, and dry-cleaning valet services.

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