This Week’s Worth-It New York City Apartment Listings (2024)

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By Nora DeLigter, a writer and filmmaker based in New York City

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330 Pearl St. Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman

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Listen, it’s not as though getting an apartment in New York has ever been easy. But one could probably argue that it has never been harder than it is right now. The most god-awful studios are regularly renting for thousands and thousands of dollars with lines of interested tenants out the door. Here, we’ll find the actually worth-looking-ats, the actually worth-the-costs, and the surprisingly affordable-for-those-parquet-floors from all around the internet.

I stuck to downtown Manhattan this week, eager to find inspiring spaces or good deals in Fidi, Tribeca, Chinatown, and lower Soho. Happy to report that I did find some stunners, but the thing about inspiring spaces is that they tend to exist at a higher price point. Next week, I’ll be steering clear of Manhattan. And you can find some Bed-Stuy and Ridgewood sublets at the bottom. (One truly great one in the Chatham Towers.)

Fidi Apartment Listings

$4,200, 1-bedroom: Attracted to: the arched window and the pillars in the living room. Not attracted to: the flooring and the less-than-updated kitchen.

$6,200, 1-bedroom: Pinch me, I’m dreaming! The color-blocking here is tickling me in all the right places. There’s a calm and Scandinavian feel. Even the Murphy bed is doing it for me.

$5,600, 1-bedroom: I love this building — home to one of the first merchant banks on Wall Street, now a condo building with great windows. Beyond that, this apartment is practical and stolid (and a bit overpriced!).

$8,500, 4-bedroom: Again with the windows! I love these Peck Slip buildings — they transport me back to a simpler time when South Street Seaport was more trading hub and less Hudson Yards. Also, this has four bedrooms??

$8,650, 2-bedroom: Not to beat a dead horse, but we’re here again for the windows. These casem*nts are massive, just like I like ’em. Also here for the “massive” outdoor terrace and the in-building fitness center.

Tribeca Apartment Listings

$8,500, 1-bedroom: The skylight! The perfectly paned, somewhat squat windows! The bright, bright natural light!

$9,450, 1-bedroom: I like the green accent wall and the Nancy Myerian kitchen. Oh, and the walk-in closet, but besides that, this is a reach!

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108 Leonard Street Photo: Courtesy Elegran

$12,000, 2-bedroom: You know you’re in a fancy kitchen where there are no handles and you have to tap on things to get them to open? This apartment is all about that.

$10,000, 2-bedroom: The windows here are a religious experience. I’ve long loved this building and always wondered what the price point would be. And now, sadly, I know.

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55 Reade Street Photo: Courtesy Corcoran

$7,500 1-bedroom: I swear I’m almost done with the Tribeca lofts, but this one is an OG. I love the charming, idiosyncratic layout, the open spaces that are seriously gaping, and all the surprise windows. I can even get down with the track lighting, folks.

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38 White Street Photo: Courtesy Iryna Ferenets

$5,995, 1-bedroom: A Philippe Starck building with some zany details like the sunken kitchen and the built-in that’s either a fridge or a cabinet, I can’t tell. The chandelier in the lobby is pretty absurd and might be worth the price of admission.

$7,250, studio: Impossibly high ceilings on this one as well as a few Corinthian columns! The roof is also fantastic.

Chinatown Apartment Listings

$5,700, 3-bedroom: This one has potential — the arched passageway lets light into the rest of the apartment, and there are a lot of bedrooms as well as some outdoor space. Hate, hate, hate the color of that exposed brick.

$6,995, 1-bedroom: Raw in all the right ways. You could easily convert this into a two-bedroom. Looks like there are decades of layers of white paint here, but I find it charming.

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23 Ludlow Street Photo: Courtesy Matthew Gros-Werter

$3,595, 2-bedroom: I know it’s a ways away from the Tribeca loft, but there’s some charm here! And the price is right. I’m not mad at cherry-esque details and built-ins, and there’s a lot of light in the living room.

Soho Apartment Listings

$5,300, 1-bedroom: I like the living space here — could be very cozy if decorated well. Would need to cover up that exposed brick somehow and get a lot of lamps to avoid the overhead lighting.

$10,000, 3-bedroom: Bring back the glass block! I love this ode to the ’80s (or, more likely, a vestige of). Other than that, this is just another loft with a lot of potential.

$3,400, 1-bedroom: It’s tiny, but it’s cute. Studio or one-bedroom, not sure, in a prewar building on the cusp of “South Village.”

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143 Sullivan Street Photo: Courtesy R New York

$8,750, 1-bedroom: Last loft look and palate cleanser. Massive one-bedroom (that could easily be converted) with a lofted area. Love the kitchen here and the elevated living room area by the windows in the front.

Some Summer Sublets

Back with some hot summer sublets, in case you need a short-term stay! Allison Brainard, performer-poet-producer-publicist, is renting out her sun-drenched one-bedroom in Ridgewood for July. It’s off the Pond Road M stop, for $2,500 a month. Outdoor space!

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Photo: Courtesy Allison Brainard

Designer Matt Spevak is renting out his stunning 1,000-square-foot one-bedroom in the Chatham Towers— the highly sought-after Brutalist beauty in Chinatown — for short-term stays. DM him for pricing.

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Photo: Matt Spevak

Director Rafe Scobey-Thal is renting out his Bed-Stuy place — a floor-through in a brownstone — for the entire summer and beyond (it seems there’s potential for a lease takeover). Affordable, he says. Have questions? Send him a DM.

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Photo: Courtesy Rafe Scobey-Thal

And, lastly, designer Thistle Brown is renting out his Lower East Side apartment July 1–15, at $150 a night. You can DM him, too!

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Photo: Courtesy Thistle Brown

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