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Overview of New York City

New York City is so celebrated in popular media that even its streets are known around the world, and if you want to become a part of the magic, you should check out studio apartments in the area. Fifth Avenue epitomizes high class and luxury with shops like Prada, Cartier and Saks. The marquees of Broadway invite audiences to experience toe-tapping musicals, serious drama and rib-tickling comedies. Restaurant Row on West 46th Street between Eight and Ninth Avenue boasts at least 16 of the best eateries in the city, including Lattanzi for Italian family cooking, Broadway Joe for American standards like steaks and prime rib, and Le Rivage for classic French country cuisine.

You can have fun picking studio apartments in New York City using Rent.com no matter what area of the metropolis you choose to live in. As long as you're near a subway entrance, you can get to almost anywhere else quickly. Although you can buy single rides on the system, it's more convenient to spring for a 7-Day or 30-Day Metrocard. Just swipe it at a turnstile and you're good to go. If you get the EasyPayXpress Metrocard, it will refill itself automatically.

Searching for Studio Apartments in New York City

Newcomers and those looking to save money may find studios a budget-friendly way to the live in the city. Singles, empty-nesters and couples who prefer small spaces because they're relatively easy to decorate, clean and maintain will also enjoy one-room living. Studios for rent can often be carved out in spaces that are too small for one bedrooms. This means a greater likelihood of finding a place to live in some of New York City's more vibrant acked neighborhoods.

Some of the more posh enclaves in the city include NoMad (North of Madison Park), the Flatiron District, Noho (North of Houston), Koreatown, Chelsea and Greenwich Village. For cheaper neighborhoods, head for Rego Park, Forest Hills, Brighton Beach and Crown Heights. Expect to pay from $2,600 to $2,900 per month for studios in buildings without a doorman. Prices in places with a doorman range from $3,200 to $3,500. If this is your first time renting a place with a doorman, read about tipping etiquette on this Rent.com blog post.

Typical Layout for Studio Apartments in New York City

Older units may delight with period details and may be located in established neighborhoods where everyone knows your name. However, they may lack cable TV connections and microwave ovens. New studios may boast high-tech features like Internet cabling and security cameras but may be in areas that don't yet have grocery stores and restaurants. Expect sizes ranging from 300 to 600 square feet.

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