Quick! While the city is caught up in the holiday frenzy—wrapping gifts, shaming themselves at office parties—arrange a few apartment viewings and practice your haggling. (Perhaps you could ask for all utilities to be included "in the spirit of the season.")
Start here, with the weekly roundup of most-clicked listings from real estate site Streeteasy.com. Some highlights: A long, exposed brick studio in Gramercy Park for $1,875/month. Farther up town on West 78th Street there's a giant 3-bedroom duplex with a fireplace and private garden going for $4,500 a month. And if you prefer the East Side, across town you'll find a comparable 3-bedroom in a luxury doorman building for the same price.
Happy shopping, and if you need a hand with the haggling, ask our own BrickUnderground Agent Referral Service to recommend a great agent to take up the fight—er, negotiating—on your behalf.