Let there be light: 8 NYC rentals that deliver a dose of vitamin D

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Whether you're gearing up for your first-ever move to the big city or just looking to escape your current roommate situation, you’re going to have to dive head first into the New York apartment hunt, which can be a daunting process even for seasoned veterans. Whether you're hunting from afar or just from your desk,  it can be tough to determine if what you see online is what you'll get.  Rental search site RentHop attempts to ease that problem by assigning a HopScore—a ranking of listings by quality—to each apartment to help you sort the winners from the losers. The higher the HopScore, the better the apartment likely is -- and the more likely it'll rent quickly. So if you see something you like, hop to it.

This week’s round-up includes a gut-renovated Upper West Side three-bedroom with a breakfast bar, a true four-bedroom in Alphabet City, and a Bronx two-bedroom in a brand-new building, all with abundant natural light to  help you take advantage of the summer sun—even if you're just hanging out at home.

Three-bedroom, 2-bath at 50 West 93rd Street on the Upper West Side, $5,950/month

Minutes from Central Park, this gut-renovated Upper West Side three-bedroom features a kitchen with a breakfast bar and custom-paneled appliances, tons of closet space and herringbone hardwood floors. The luxury doorman building has laundry and a live-in super.

One-bedroom, 1-bath at 348 Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, $1,999/month

Just 15 minutes from Fort Greene Park, this sunlit one-bedroom features a large living room with storage and an eat-in kitchen with its original cabinetry and checkerboard flooring. The unit also has an Art Deco fireplace, high ceilings and wide-plank bamboo flooring. In addition, there's also a $3,399/month three-bedroom, 1-bath at the same address with a private outdoor patio, a large living room, an eat-in kitchen and its own private entrance.

Two-bedroom, 2-bath at 3050 Corlear Avenue in Kingsbridge, Bronx, $2,750/month

Located in a brand-new building, this West Bronx two-bedroom offers oversized windows, hardwood floors, a stainless steel kitchen with granite countertops, king-sized bedrooms and washer/dryer hook-ups. Amenities in the elevator building include a doorman, a free gym, a live-in super and a roof deck with BBQ grills.

Three-bedroom, 1-bath at 307 East 77th Street on the Upper East Side, $4,650/month

This Upper East Side three-bedroom has hardwood floors, closets a-plenty, a dishwasher and tons of natural light.

Four-bedroom, 2.5-bath at 40 Avenue C in Alphabet City, $6,000/month

At 1,600 square feet, this true four-bedroom is big. The full-floor unit has two king-sized bedrooms (with one en suite bathroom) and two queen-sized bedrooms, a stainless steel kitchen, lots of closet space, an in-unit washer/dryer, exposed brick and high ceilings.

Two-bedroom, 1-bath at 323 East 90th Street in Yorkville, $3,175/month

This floor-through Yorkville two-bedroom has high ceilings, hardwood floors, a cherrywood kitchen (with dishwasher!) that leads out into a backyard.

Two-bedroom, 1-bath at 37A Cooper Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, $2,500/month

A boutique-style rental just a block from the J train, this unit features a stainless steel kitchen with white cabinets and black stone counters, condo-quality tile-work in the bathrooms and in-unit laundry. What the apartment lacks in huge windows, it makes up for in clean, bright, reflective surfaces, and loads of built-in lighting.

RentHop is a search engine to find apartments for rent that uses mathematical algorithms to aggregate and score listings inventory from top landlords and brokerage firms. With over 6 years of NYC apartment rental data and millions of listings observed, RentHop’s proprietary HopScore sorting ensures renters find high quality listings posted by trusted managers and agents.