Two female roommates sitting on a floor in an empty room, embracing while one holds up their keys to their new apartment.

 

As a recent article in The New York Times pointed out, more and more adults are choosing to live with roommates, despite having the financial means to afford their own apartments. For some, the high cost of living alone in New York is just not worth it, and they prefer to save their money by not pouring it all into their rent. For others, the choice of living with roommates is more about the built-in social connection of sharing space with others. New York is not an easy place to live in, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and isolated by your surroundings. We often take for granted that roommates provide vital social interaction, mostly as an ear for venting.

Here are a few other reasons why living with roommates is beneficial and could be right for you. Read more »

Aerial view of a furnished floor plan of a 1 bedroom apartment.

A few years ago National Geographic did the math and realized that if everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, we would all fit in Los Angeles.

Granted, this isn’t the most useful of thought experiments, but it illustrates something shockingly obvious that we’re all constantly overlooking – there’s plenty of space to go around.

Take NYC, for example. This is a city where getting an apartment even remotely close to what you wanted is a cause for celebration. But if you’re anything like 69% of most New Yorkers, you’ll spend countless years moving up a few hundred square feet at a time in your search for the “perfect place.”

But the perfect place can be any place, really, as long as you’re creative. Here are 7 ways to totally rethink your apartment and rediscover all the square feet you’ve been overlooking.

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Search for apartments with Open Houses

Open House Search on Mobile Web
You already know Naked Apartments is a top database for searching NYC rentals. Now you can search for apartments with an Open House.

Just enter your apartment criteria and look for the Open House section under Filters. You can search for Open Houses today, tomorrow, this week or anytime.

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Naked Apartments will send you email alerts for Upcoming Open Houses!

Busy this weekend? You might be now. Starting today, we’re sending you alerts for Upcoming Open Houses for apartments that match your criteria.

If you haven’t already, create your Free profile. Tell us the neighborhoods you’re interested in and what type of apartment you’re looking for. We’ll send you an email with upcoming open houses scheduled during the next week. Now, finding your next apartment is easier than ever – you just have to show up.

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iPhone App for Renters

Today, we launch our iPhone app for renters.

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Southwest corner of Central Park, facing East. Image: Ed Yourdon

Southwest corner of Central Park, facing East.
Image: Ed Yourdon

After surviving the onslaught of inescapable heat and humidity (except for the brief deep freeze of riding the subway and popping into your bank) that is living in New York during the summer, enjoy the relief of moderate temperatures of the changing seasons by embracing the outdoorsiness of the city and by immersing yourself in seasonal fare.

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Categories: Apartment Living

As New York City renters, we often think we’ve seen it all when it comes to crazy apartments. But these five apartments not only go above and beyond the extremes in the big apple – they’ve set worldwide records.

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Categories: Apartment Living

Adding-a-temporary-wall-can-save-you-and-your-roommates-big-moneyFor years, temporary walls (i.e., room dividers, rent-savers, space-creators) have answered the prayers of NYC apartment hunters looking to save space and money. With a one day installation and a one-time payment averaging between $800-$2000 (based on wall size and type), a one bedroom apartment could turn into a two, a two bedroom into a three, and so on.

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Search-by-Subways-DetailUse Naked Apartments to find apartments close to your subway (MTA) line!

New Yorkers will tell you the secret to shortening your commute is living near the right subway line.

If your work is 1 block from a stop on the L, then your commute will be much simpler if you live close to the L.  The more transfers you have, the more walking you’ll do, the more time you’ll spend waiting on platforms, and the the more delays you’ll deal with. In other words, transfers are for suckers.

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Neighborhood finder

It’s said that New York’s neighborhoods are  “the biggest collection of villages in the world.” In fact, there are over 150 villages to choose from and they’re all different.

But… what neighborhood characteristics matter most to renters? To answer that, we analyzed the search behavior of the last 25,000 renters on our popular Neighborhood Finder™.  Specifically, we looked at which of the 15 “neighborhood vibes” renters were selecting most often. The results are below.

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