On a budget of $5,500 a month, you'll mostly find two- and three-bedrooms in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but head out to Queens and the Bronx, and you can find houses with three or more bedrooms.
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UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN: 2-bed, 2-bath with a dining alcove in a doorman building with a pool at 305 East 86th Street (between Second and First). $5,500/month, no broker's fee
EAST VILLAGE, MANHATTAN: 3-bed, 2-bath with stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer in a pet-friendly building at 205 Avenue A (between 12th and 13th). $5,500/month, no broker's fee, one month free
MIDTOWN WEST, MANHATTAN: 1-bed with a den and private garden in a doorman building with an exercise room at 517 West 46th Street (between 10th and 11th). $5,500/month
UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN: 2-bed, 1.5-bath condo with beamed ceilings and French doors in a pre-war doorman building at 41 West 72nd Street (between Central Park West and Columbus). $5,500/month
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: 2-bed, 2-bath condo with a walk-in closet and skyline views in a doorman building with a gym at 388 Bridge Street (between Fulton Mall and Willoughby). $5,500/month
PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN: 2-bed, 2-bath condo with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan in an elevator building with parking at 580 Carroll Street (between Fourth and Fifth). $5,500/month
FLUSHING, QUEENS: 4-bed, 5-bath house with walk-in closet and patio at 35-32 159 Street (between 35th Avenue and Northern Boulevard). $5,500/month
ASTORIA, QUEENS: 3-bed, 2-bath with stainless steel appliances and a balcony in a new construction building with central air and heat at 27-14 Hoyt Avenue South (between 27th and 28th). $5,500/month
FIELDSTON, THE BRONX: 3-bed, 3.5-bath townhouse with a wood-burning fireplace and circular driveway at 4490 Fieldston Road (at 245th Street). $5,500/month