Looking for Some Neighborhood Suggestions? Renters Should Consider…

BusinessInsider.com has some nice neighborhood suggestions for you. They are not all equally good suggestions, but they can certainly open your mind to the neighborhood possibilities in New York City. Consider a few of the following:


Just a stone’s throw from Long Island City, Astoria is building a reputation as one of Queens’ hottest neighborhoods for young professionals and families alike.

Looks like a nice place for an apartment - with no fee, of course.

The Brownstone Neighborhoods of Brooklyn

Jonathan Butler of Brownstoner.com is naturally a proponent of what he’s dubbed “Brownstone Brooklyn,” where the streetscapes are varied, historic and quaint.

He’s particularly fond of ‘hoods that have come a long way in recent years like Crown Heights North, Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy.

“They have beautiful housing stock, but are a lot less expensive than other housing stock in the five boroughs,” he said. They’ve also gotten popular with the hipster set, despite their semi-inconvenient subway access.

Perhaps all the retail and nightlife opening up on Atlantic Ave. and Clinton has something to do with it?

These brownstones give Brooklyn great rental apartments

Crown Heights

“As with any evolving neighborhood, businesses are taking note and bringing new dining, shopping and entertainment to the area to cater to these new residents and further boost the neighborhood,”

Crown Heights brownstones are great for Brooklyn renters

Hamilton Heights

“Hamilton Heights is really picking up,” says Mary Anne Fusco, the Elliman agent. “It’s not fully cooked, but it has good value.”

It doesn’t feel like Manhattan, what with its neo-Gothic architecture and Dominican flavor, but the area just north of Columbia—and former home to Alexander Hamilton’s country estate—feels strangely idyllic, making it perfect for families.

For those in search of a slower pace, more room for their buck or just a quiet trip to the park, the neighborhood offers lower rents, plus all of the above.

The Manhattan rentals you haven't discovered - yet.

Red Hook

This neighborhood by the water has great views and a rustic feel despite its urban setting, Julia Vitullo-Martin says.

It also has “fabulous” warehouses that hint at its manufacturing past, plus great parks and an ethnic flavor, Vitullo-Martin says.

Though its distance from Manhattan might make it less-than-ideal for those who commute to Manhattan, it’s a catch for those who work in the area or remotely.

Attractions: IKEA and the Red Hook Ball Fields, where residents play ball and indulge in the food vendors’ famous treats.

Red Hook is just being discovered by Brooklyn apartment renters


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Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 24 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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