Posted by Minty on September 05, 2001 at 16:19:08:
In Reply to: Best way to find an apartment if out of state? posted by yes, Anastasia on September 05, 2001 at 09:37:53:
Are you under 18, or is "mom" paying? Please don't take offense, but you are an adult, and can make your own decisions. My mommy loves me too, but she knew better than to say such things to me. If the latter is true, that's a little depressing - it's very frustrating to compete with bankrolled kids for decent living space.
That said, if you're serious about making a home here, it doesn't hurt to start from the beginning. When I first moved here as a young 'un, there were still affordable rooms to be had on the Lower East Side, ones I could afford working part-time and attending school. If you're hell-bent on staying in Manhattan, your best bets are Harlem, Washington Heights, etc. In your case, I would investigate Williamsburg, 1st-3rd stops on the L train. These days the atmosphere is very tame and carnival-like, and your mom would approve (I do have mixed feelings about advising more people to clog this area, but in the interest of helping an individual...).
Again, the Manhattan market is just too tight, IMHO, for a "regular" (i.e. non-trustfund) girl, especially one starting out. I get the impression you also want to live by yourself - you've just made your search 10 times more difficult.
Online resources: the Voice, especially their Voicemail service. If you check your email as much as I do, this is very helpful
Also, http://www.billburg.com covers some real estate and shares for the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area.
: Planning to move to NYC city soon, no real preference on where I live, but it's suggested I live in manhattan, despite the expense. well, my mom refuses to let me live elsewhere, hehe. My question is, what's the best way to find a place without going to a broker? I've noticed the village voice has alot of broker ads, so that doesn't seem like it's the best route, but unless I'm doing something wrong the NY times doesn't seem to be any better.
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