Here are 5 NYC studio rentals for $1,800 or less if you’re ready to live on your own

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 14, 2020 - 3:00PM

This Lincoln Square studio is asking $1,800 and has a seperate windowed kitchen. 

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If you’re paying for a New York City apartment share, like this 24-year-old Fidi renter profiled by The New York Times, who was renting a tiny, windowless bedroom for $1,300 a month, you might be glad to know that for several hundred dollars more, you can upgrade your living situation and rent a studio on your own. No more roommates.

With most New Yorkers spending a lot more time at home these days, it makes sense to look for a place with more space and amenities—and privacy. You can also find good deals right now, because there are currently lots of vacant apartments in the city and landlords are dropping rents and offering concessions like free months to get you to move in. 

There are currently 1,970 studio apartments for less than $1,800 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on StreetEasy. And keep in mind that not all studio apartments are alike, or even just one room—you can find studios with separate kitchens, sleeping alcoves, dressing rooms, and balconies. 

So, if you’re ready to live on your own, here are five studios for $1,800 or less including a Forest Hills studio with a bonus room and a Flatbush studio with a private balcony.

20 Continental Ave., #1A, Forest Hills

This studio is asking $1,800. Apartment #1A has a sunken living area with high beamed ceilings, oversized windows, and built-in shelves plus a separate kitchen with a window and stainless steel appliances, a renovated bath, and a bonus room. It is a co-op that requires board approval. Austin Street is a three-minute walk away where you’ll find Martha’s Bakery, 5 Burro Cafe, and Target.

116 West 72nd St., #15B, Lincoln Square

This studio is asking $1,800. The prewar apartment has hardwood floors, high ceilings, a foyer, two closets, four windows with city views, and a separate kitchen with a window. Amenities include a live-in super, laundry room, and bike room. Central Park, Trader Joe’s, and eateries like Ella Social are nearby. 

220 Clinton St., #2D, Cobble Hill

This studio is asking $1,800. The renovated apartment has hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, 10-foot ceilings, recessed lighting, and a kitchen with a window, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, and an island. Trader Joe’s and eateries like Colonie and Elsa are nearby. 

104 Linden Blvd., #3C, Flatbush

This no-fee studio is asking $1,750. Apartment #3C has hardwood floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and microwave, split-unit heating and air conditioning plus a private balcony. Amenities include a bike room and laundry room. Prospect Park and eateries like Nio’s Roti Shop and Bonafini are nearby. 

37-31 73rd St., #2H, Jackson Heights  

This no-fee studio is asking $1,695. The apartment has a sleeping alcove, parquet floors, crown molding, a ceiling fan, three closets including a walk-in, and a renovated kitchen with a breakfast bar. Amenities include a doorman, live-in super, bike room, laundry room, and a roof deck. Patel Brothers and eateries like Jackson Diner and Kabab King are nearby.



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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