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5 NYC ground-floor apartments for rent where you can make some noise

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
April 27, 2022 - 12:30PM

This ground-floor one bedroom, one bath with a private courtyard in Harlem is listed for $2,450 a month.

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Ground-floor apartments in New York City often get a bad rap: Some renters fear these places are more vulnerable to crime and pests—but first-floor apartments, which are typically less expensive than those on higher floors, also have several features that make them desirable.

For starters, nobody will be living below you, a nice perk if you have young kids (or rowdy pets) because you won’t deal with noise complaints during playtime. There’s also a good chance that you will get private outdoor space like a courtyard or patio. And you can skip the stairs (or elevator) because you'll have direct access to the building’s entrance, lobby, and amenities. 

If you are concerned about crime or passersby peeking into your space, search for apartments that face the back of the building. You are more likely to find them in large, new buildings where developers have more leeway to make these apartments more appealing. 

So if you want to try out ground-floor living, check out these five rentals in Ditmars-Steinway, Harlem, Ocean Hill, Greenwood, and Greenwich Village for less than $3,000 a month. 

21-48 35th St., #1B, Ditmars-Steinway 

This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,000. Apartment #1B has hardwood floors, several windows, and white appliances. The building has a courtyard and laundry room. Rivercrest and Taverna Kyclades are nearby. 

112 West 121st St., #2, Harlem  

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,450. It has a private patio, new hardwood floors, several closets, a renovated tile bath, and video intercom system. Marcus Garvey Park and Sottocasa are nearby. 

202 Hull St., #1R, Ocean Hill  

This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,458. The renovated apartment has stainless steel appliances, hardwood and tile floors, recessed lighting, and moldings. The building has a courtyard and laundry. Thomas Boyland Park and Hull Street Garden are nearby. 

560 7th Ave., #1A, Greenwood 

This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,500. Apartment #1A has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, modern light fixtures, central air, an in-unit washer and dryer, and storage locker. Greenwood Cemetery and Prospect Park are nearby. 

224 Sullivan St., #C23, Greenwich Village 

This studio is listed for $2,995. It has exposed brick, a decorative fireplace, track lighting, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors. The building has a courtyard, laundry room, and bike storage. Washington Square Park and Springbone are nearby. 


Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered 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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