2 bedroom for 1600?
You WILL live in a very sketchy at best neighborhood for that amount.
I hate to be Debbie Downer, but unless you are willing to live in a "bus to subway" zone (ie eastern Queens or eastern Brooklyn, where you will have to board a bus to ride to the nearest subway stop), 1600 is pretty low for a 2 bedroom.
Most one bedrooms in somewhat "lower tier" neighborhoods start at 1200-1300. Most 2 bedroom START at 1700. Now, with that in mind, 1600 can be found. You may want to look in Queens first, as Queens apartments tend to run cheaper than Brooklyn.
You will also have o give up the idea of living in a "building". You may end up renting an "apartment" in someone's private house, most likely a basement.
The following areas seem to have the LEAST complaints in terms of safety and are relatively lower priced and closer to the subway than most other "safe areas":
Now for those of you in Crown Heights and Prospect Park on this board: Before you yell at me for NOT recommending Crown Heights or Prospect Park:
Those places tend to be MORE EXPENSIVE than the listed places, if you want to live in relative safety. There are other areas in Crown Heights etc that are more comparably priced but probably less safe than what I listed. They are more like the Bushwick/ Bed Stuy answer I am going to give:
Now for Bushwick and Bed Stuy:
Being that you are from Miami, I would really suggest you LOOK very carefully at your street and the surrounding area BEFORE you hand in cash. I would also suggest that you walk around on a hot summer night. That is when you will REALLY see what is out there in your future neighborhood. Summer is the best time to look, as it will tell you who lives there and what they are doing during the summer. Read these boards carefully. There are places where certain activities go on that may or may not be to your liking. If you feel comfortable, then fine, but Bushwick and BedSty are places that some folks like and others do not based on their own preferences.
Far out but ok places to live:
Midwood (its a long ride on the Q or F)
parts of Flushing
the very north part of Riverdale
Staten Island: (in general)
Finally in terms of area in the "you must be joking/dreaming" column:
If any real estate agent tells you they have a 2 bedroom for 1600 in
Prospect Heights right by the Grand Army plaza
smile beatifically and ask them for the address and Google map that shit. I will bet you 1000 dollars it ISN'T in that area. I only accept cash.
Now on to real estate agents services:
= 99% scams and phoney apartments in shitty neighborhoods. Occasionally you find a deal. You must be willing to move quickly when you do, because nothing good lasts longer than 1 week. double check those streets as there are listings under Park Slope that are a block away from where I live in Sunset Park.
A great service for finding out the actual street zone of available apartments, but I found that a lot of posts on there were from Rapid Realty... which brings me to:
R.U.N for your life away from these scammmers
The best advice I got was to walk around the neighborhood of your choice and search for "apartments for rent" signs affixed to buildings, as well as going up to buildings buzzing the super and asking for the number for the building management company. I got my apartment this way, and I am very happy. Don't be afraid to ask people walking around the neighborhood, if they know if there are any apartments available in their building.
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