I helped Tara find her apartment in New York, and we found a really great one in the upper west side. I constructed a pros and cons list for her to help make the decision easier.read more
Pros: * The subway is 2.5 minute walk (around the corner). Closest possible walk. You don't have to cross the street to get to the subway. * Grocery store across the street is relatively cheap. * Washer/dryer in unit. * Dishwasher in unit. * Microwave in unit (saves counter space) * Really good lighting; no shafted windows! Even the bathroom has a nice window * Gardens on either side. They look absolutely beautiful in the summer from what we can see on Google Maps. * 2 minute walk to the park (just cross the street). * Apartment felt high quality; not at all run down like the ones we saw in East village the day before. * Every room has a fan. * Kitchen is acceptable, could be augmented with a little portable island to give more counter space. * Neighborhood doesn't feel like a gentrified area. * Both bedrooms were very sizable, one is huge and very well lit. * Lots of storage in the upper section. * Lots of closets. * Living room is sizable (10.6 feet, wall to brick, by 13.3 feet wall to kitchen tile area). * There's a fan in the living room too. * Open to 4/10 or 4/1, based on what she said. You should say ideally 4/10 but this is our top choice so we're flexible. Cons: * There's a pole in the living room, making setup harder. * Living room isn’t super big and isn’t separated from the kitchen. * Sink isn't giant and the faucet is very simple / old. * Vibe isn't the same as Upper West Side. Feels quieter than Upper West Side. Really didn’t like the vibe of the other part of Manhattan Valley we walked around. * Second bedroom has a skinnier, tall window. Not nearly as good lighting as rest of apartment. * Subway stop isn't an express stop, would have to walk to the 2/3 lines stop at 96th st (8 minute walk) to get to an express stop.