You got that apartment you wanted in Greenwich Village (only after the hardest, most excruciatingly stressful and invasive application process you have ever encountered in your entire life), but that’s over now and you’re finally settling in to your place! It is time to do what you initially set out to do when the decision was made to take the leap to move- go bananas around NYC! Then it hits you like a ton of bricks- UGH you just spent around three quarters of your savings on first months rent, security deposit and broker fee. How the heck are you supposed to enjoy living here if you cant even go out because securing your apartment just devoured your savings account?!
It really is the hardest part about living in New York City; coming to the realization that everything is just so flippin’ expensive! Those dreams you had about going to see ‘Wicked’ or ‘The Book Of Mormon’ and enjoying extravagant dinners at WD-50 or Catch must be put on hold until you pump some funds back into your dwindling bank account. Once you have been living in Manhattan for a couple of years, you start learning the tricks, but nobody ever just lays this incredibly useful info out ( that would just be too easy;). I put together a “cheat sheet” of places I personally recommend (many most likely will be in the East Village since I have lived here for 4 years) and some are tips from friends. Hopefully this will allow you to still hit the town while also keeping a couple of bucks in your pocket.
Apartment Hunting in NYC Simplified from NYC Life Hacks.