03/04/15 1:54pm

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Okay, so you may be having some reservations about choosing a neighborhood to live in now that you know there’s a science to it. We get it! Moving isn’t just about the apartment; it’s also about everything that surrounds you when you step outside your front door. Well, most of this week’s apartments will surround you with either Crown Heights or Ditmas Park, as well as a couple spots in Sunset Park and Bed-Stuy. Everything’s three bedrooms or more, since the two-bedroom price creep has left us without anything we could viably call “cheap.” (more…)

02/19/15 12:06pm
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All this and more, allegedly for $800

We don’t need to tell you about how Brooklyn’s real estate market is a nightmare, but if you’d like a refresher course you can learn all about it here, here and here. One way to cut the tension we all feel about oh god where are we going to live is to make some jokes, but one Craigslister has taken it too far by luring desperate apartment seekers with an ad for an $800 bedroom in a new Williamsburg luxury building. If the ad is real, we hope you’re ready to live with someone who describes himself as an “Artist/Entrepreneur/Healer, currently working on my new startup. Cleanliness, Sexiness, Awesomeness, Fitness.” (more…)

02/18/15 1:27pm

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Face it: if you haven’t yet figured out how to crest the stupefying tsunami that is New York rent on your own,  you’re gonna have to contend with roommates. And I’m gonna tell Hillary Clinton that she should just live with Hilary Duff. Because they can be progressive Brooklyn moms together! Anyway, for those of us who aren’t future heads of state or working on Lizzie McGuire: the Rock Opera (unconfirmed), we’ve got a bunch of cheap spots for you to plan your spring renewal / next potluck. (more…)

02/04/15 10:16am

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Real estate’s no joke, and it looks the market is gonna push its way and our way out into those previously overlooked L train stops and neighborhoods that seemed too far south. That said, this week’s roundup gives you everything from the deep-and-cheap options to the pricey-and-proximal ones. We even thought we had one in Williamsburg, like old times, but it rented before we could say “Sixpoint.(more…)

01/21/15 1:04pm

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ICYMI on Brokelyn yesterday, renting an apartment ain’t always peaches & cream. That’s why you should at least be able to count on cheaper rent that’ll pad your bank account against the dollars you’re bound to lose on slummy landlords, not to mention late-night snacks. This week’s listings treat the borough top to bottom, with listings from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. Incidentally, I also got a kick out of hiding names of Drake songs in here; see if you can differentiate his timeless titles from my own signature self-righteousness! (more…)

01/20/15 2:49pm
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Zach, amused by the landlord who won’t give you your money back

Unless you ‘move’ like Jagger (i.e. hire movers, do a few lines of coke and take a limo to your new apartment), changing your living situation is the WORST. No, let’s have none of that “out with the old, in with the new” optimism: everything about moving truly sucks, not the least of which involves actually paying for your new place when you still have a big chunk of money caught up in the old one.

Now, we’ve run a few posts about housing law before, but 31-year-old Zach J. Liszka is a trained professional. And since he’s using his chops to offer up low-cost legal services for helping folks get their deposits back, we figured he’d have some insight to offer on what you can do in case a landlord tries to rip you off. (more…)

01/07/15 9:50am

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Happy 2015, y’all, and welcome back to the polar vortex. With the weather being what it is, and rent prices being what they are, there’s no use denying it: it’s time to start drinking. Wait, I mean thinking—about your next move, that is! Awkward segues aside, this week’s apartments are anything but cringeworthy. What they lack in amenities they make up for in a money ease. Okay, I know I said I was finished with awkward segues. But we found you a place that comes pre-furnished, so lay off. Everything’s business as usual cost-wise, with wallet-friendly rent prices that won’t make you regret all those dollars you spent over the holidays. On Flatbush! On Bed-Stuy! On Dyker and Ditmas! (more…)

12/30/14 3:58pm
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These apartments are rent-stabilized, but for how long?. via Google Street View

A rent-stabilized apartment. It’s a dream for many New Yorkers, a dream they think is totally out of reach. And guess what? It probably is! That being said, just like in a previous thrilling miracle we shared with you in which a 22-year-old owned her own apartment, it is possible to find a rent-stabilized place around here. Brick Underground has the first-person story of someone who did it, but it turns out you have to be ready to work for it, and who wants to do that? (more…)

12/17/14 9:56am

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Who has time to think about getting health insurance when you’ve got a life-changing New Years’ move to prepare for? Hey, relax: Brokelyn’s here to make it easy for ya. We did the dirty work of culling the market for the most reasonably-priced and desirably-situated spots in the borough. This week’s apartments remind you of how cheap and awesome the south-ier parts of Brooklyn are. Don’t worry, you can drink there, too. (more…)

12/03/14 12:46pm

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Happy December, guys. If you haven’t moved already, then you’d better do it quick before the temperatures reach full vortex. Also, trust me when I say that nothing sucks worse than dragging a bed-frame through the snow. So! This week’s apartments feature three-bedroom steals, two-bedrooms priced like one-bedrooms and general merriment to give you a little Christmas cheer about your real estate prospects.  (more…)