Here are 5 NYC ground-floor apartments for under $4,000, so you can skip the elevator

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
May 20, 2020 - 1:30PM

This ground-floor apartment in the East Village has a private backyard and is asking $3,850.


Before the coronavirus outbreak, you may have avoided renting a ground-floor apartment in New York City because they have a reputation for lacking privacy and light. The pandemic, however, has changed what New Yorkers are looking for in an apartment so if you're hunting for a rental, you should consider giving them a look.

That’s because ground-floor apartments can make it easier for you to get in and out of a building—and avoid other tenants—something to think about since avoiding infection will be a priority until there is a vaccine. With ground-floor units, you don’t have to depend on the elevator to get to your apartment, you’re closer to the lobby to accept deliveries, and being on the ground floor can offer access to outdoor space or more square footage than similar apartments. 

So, if you’re looking for a rental in New York City and want to give ground-floor living a try, check out these apartments for rent under $4,000 in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan (most are a lot less). 

21-82 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY, 11105

21-82 Steinway St., #1, Ditmars-Steinway

This one bedroom, one bath is asking $1,750. The apartment has hardwood floors, many windows, and a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, tiled walls, and a breakfast bar. A virtual tour is available by request. Nearby eateries include Martha's Bakery, Taverna Kyclades, and Uncle Jack's Meat House. The Ditmars Boulevard subway station is a nine-minute walk away. 

318 Covert Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11237

318 Covert St., #1R, Bushwick

This two bedroom, one bath is asking $2,100. Apartment #1R is furnished and has prewar details including high-ceilings, hardwood floors, millwork on the walls, and windows in every room. It’s one block from the Halsey Street subway station. Nearby bars and restaurants include Bridge and Tunnel Brewery and Bushwick Taco Company, and Irving Square Park is a five-minute walk away.

37-55 77 Street, Jackson Heights, NY, 11372

37-55 77th St., #1F, Jackson Heights

This two bedroom, one bath is asking $2,395. The newly-renovated apartment features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and recessed lighting. The windowed kitchen has custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher. The apartment is offering one-month free on a 12-month lease, and a 24-month lease is available. Amenities include a live-in super and laundry room. The Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights subway station is a four-minute walk away.

117 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11216

117 Macon St., #1, Bed-Stuy

This two bedroom, two bath is asking $3,030. Apartment #1 has a private backyard, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, an in-unit washer and dryer, split-unit air conditioning, and recessed lighting. Both baths have subway-tiled walls and vanities with marble countertops and storage. Pets are welcome upon approval. A video tour is available by request. The Nostrand Avenue subway station is a five-minute walk away.

230 East 6 Street, New York, NY, 10003

230 East 6th St., #1, East Village

This one bedroom, one bath is asking $3,850. The no-fee apartment is available furnished or unfurnished and is offering short- and long-term leases. There’s a private backyard, large walk-in closet with shelving and lighting, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and exposed brick walls. Nearby restaurants include The Mermaid Inn and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. Tompkins Square Park is about a 10-minute walk away.



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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