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Neighborhoods that don't feel like NYC, landlords pile on freebies, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
June 19, 2020 - 1:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to check out a guide to eight New York City neighborhoods to consider if a quick commute to Manhattan is no longer your top priority. Neighborhoods like Todt Hill, Red Hook, and Kew Gardens have a relaxed, suburban vibe—and you can find more space for less money.

Also of interest: NYC landlords are offering more generous concessions to fill empty apartments. If you're looking for a new rental right now, keep an eye out for landlords offering to pay the broker fee, give extra months free, or even defer the security deposit.

Here, in full, are this week's most popular posts. 

1) Here are 8 NYC neighborhoods to consider if a quick commute to Manhattan is no longer top priority

2) Stuck with empty apartments, NYC landlords are offering more generous freebies

3) NYC sees rise in sales activity and new high for median price

4) What does 'net effective rent' mean? Here's how to calculate your real monthly rent

5) From 1 room to 2: The insider's guide to temporary pressurized walls


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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