Here are 5 NYC one-bedroom rentals with free months and other lavish concessions

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
September 30, 2020 - 9:30AM

This Forest Hills one bedroom is offering a year of free wifi/cable, a security deposit that's reduced to $1,000, and one month free rent.

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If you have to move right now, you will want to take advantage of the generous concessions that many New York City landlords are offering in order to fill their vacant apartments.

Landlords are offering much more than the typical one or two months free. You can find rental listings on the market with freebies of up to three months of free rent. Some also have no broker fee, waived amenity fees, free wifi or cable, gift cards, help with moving costs, and even CitiBike memberships. Many landlords are also being more flexible with leases by including opt-out clauses, or allowing shorter or longer terms than the standard 12 months. 

You will find the most lavish deals at new Manhattan luxury developments—that’s where you’ll find the most inventory, true even before Covid. These buildings also have lavish amenities (Think: heated dog runs and rooftop theaters). But, you can find concessions being offered for rentals in various buildings in all five boroughs. 

So, if you’re on the hunt for an apartment with concessions, here are five one-bedroom aparments offering several concessions in Downtown Brooklyn, Sutton Place, Hudson Yards, StuyTown, and Forest Hills.

33 Bond St., #1028, Downtown Brooklyn

This one bedroom is asking $3,530 and comes with a lot of freebies, like two months free on a 12-month lease, no broker fee, $1,000 security deposit if you qualify, and amortized rent (meaning the discount can be spread out over the term of the lease). Apartment #1028 features a private balcony with southern exposures, large windows, hardwood floors, an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a walk-in closet. Amenities include a doorman, bike room, concierge, laundry room, gym, garage parking, and a live-in super. The DeKalb Avenue subway station and eateries like Burger Village are nearby.

400 East 57th St., #7R, Sutton Place

This one bedroom is asking $3,365 with three months free on an 18-month lease, no broker fee, a Citi Bike membership, plus a $500 American Express gift card for students or new graduates. The renovated apartment has hardwood floors, large windows, a breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include complimentary resident events, a doorman, live-in super, playroom, gym, and laundry room. Sutton Place Park North and eateries like Bistro Vendôme are nearby. 

455 West 37th St., #2005, Hudson Yards

This one bedroom is asking $3,295 with two months free on a 12-month lease, no broker fee, and a $1,000 security deposit if you qualify. Apartment #2005 has hardwood floors, large windows with western views, a galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and two large closets. Amenities include a full-time doorman, live-in super, concierge, gym, laundry room, and parking and storage are available. The 34th Street/Hudson Yards subway station and Javits Center are nearby.

7 Stuyvesant Oval, #0MC, StuyTown

This one bedroom is asking $3,033 with one month free on a 12-month lease or two months free on a two-year lease if you apply by October 4th, no broker fee, one year of free wifi/cable, and a 10 percent discount on furniture rentals from The Everset. The apartment features hardwood floors, several closets, many windows, and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include 80 acres of greenspace, a laundry room, bike storage, 24/7 security, gym, and onsite parking. Tompkins Square Park and eateries like Raclette are nearby. 

104-60 Queens Blvd., #19T, Forest Hills

This one bedroom is asking $2,495 with one month free on a 12-month lease, no broker fee, one year of free wifi/cable, and a reduced security deposit as low as $1,000. Apartment #19T has hardwood floors, built-in shelves, a foyer, several closets, a dishwasher, and a terrace. Amenities include a 24/7 doorman, live-in super, dog runs, dry cleaning, laundry, and maid services, an onsite convenience store, and onsite parking. MacDonald Park and eateries like 5 Burro Cafe 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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