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In many cases, lists of New York's best neighborhoods for renters are compiled based on transportation, proximity to business districts, and, yes, affordability. But RentHop takes a different approach by determining its top neighborhoods based on a model that examines population density, transit access, green space in the form of both trees and parks, cleanliness, quietness, safety, and renter friendliness.
In sum, RentHop reaches its conclusions based solely on its model and without taking outside factors into account. However, the COVID-19 crisis and New York’s efforts to flatten the curve cannot help but affect its most recent quarterly findings. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s 90-day moratorium on evictions announced on March 20, evictions are down and renter-friendliness scores are up all over New York. At the same time, noise complaints are up throughout the five boroughs as a result of people sheltering in place in response to the stay-at-home order.
Below, see a list of the top-ranking Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods for the first several month of the year up until April 13, 2020. Battery Park City’s incredible greenery and transit access are key factors in its place at the top for both Manhattan and New York as a whole. Carnegie Hill reports Manhattan’s highest cleanliness score and was named New York’s second most livable neighborhood; just blocks away, Yorkville is New York’s eighth most livable overall and the most affordable among Manhattan’s top neighborhoods. West Side locales - Lincoln Square and the West Village - round out Manhattan’s top five.
In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights' greenery, cleanliness, and quality of life allow the neighborhood to continue its reign as RentHop’s best of Brooklyn and New York’s third-best overall. It may not be surprising to see Williamsburg and Windsor Terrace among Brooklyn’s top five, but Gravesend’s safety, cleanliness, and renter friendliness vaulted into New York’s top ten and Brooklyn’s highest rankings.

Full findings can be found here, and we take a look at one-bedroom apartments for sale and for rent at the top neighborhoods' median prices. All sales figures are via CityRealty data, and rental figures come from the RentHop report.

Battery Park City Battery Park City waterfront
377-Rector-Place-01 Liberty House via Elliman
345-395-South-End-Avenue-01 Gateway via Spire Realty Group
From the listing:
Beautiful 810-square-foot apartment on a high floor, directly on the Hudson River with views of the Hudson to the north and Brookfield Marina. Interiors feature a large living room and bedroom, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and endless closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

Carnegie-Hill Carnegie Hill's primary entrance to Central Park (CityRealty)
170-East-87th-Street-01 All images of The Gotham via Halstead
From the listing:
Ready to move in, this huge apartment has a renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample cabinets and granite counters, expansive living/dining area (that some have converted to include a separate interior study), new floors, fabulous closet space (featuring a walk-in), and a private 8' x 4' balcony off the living room. The apartment faces west over broad, tranquil yard and cityscape views. See floor plan and full details here.
182-East-95th-Street-01 The Highgate via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Features of this SPACIOUS apartment in a doorman building include bright eastern exposure, large living/dining area, great closets, and storage throughout. The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

76-Schermerhorn-Street-01 The Symon via Compass
From the listing:
An inviting foyer with an inlaid oak wood flooring medallion with a basket-weave motif leads to and open concept living/dining and kitchen with three large windows. Custom cabinetry, white Statuarietto marble slab backsplash accented by white dove quartz countertops and polished nickel fixtures by Kallista are all signature details in this beautifully designed kitchen. The open layout and high ceilings give this home a lofty feel. See floor plan and full details here.
44-Remsen-Street-01 44 Remsen Street via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Apartment 5 is situated facing north, with views onto a romantic tree-lined street of historic brownstones. With gorgeous original inlaid wood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, high ceilings, renovated bath and kitchen, this one-bedroom apartment is rare and authentic. See floor plan and full details here.

Lincoln-Center-01 Lincoln Center via CityRealty
160-West-66th-Street-01 3 Lincoln Center via R New York
From the listing:
You will love living in this luxury condo with open views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. During the day, the interior space is naturally illuminated with sunlight through a wall of windows facing east. As a junior four configuration, the floor plan layout generously allocates space over a large master bedroom suite, a living room, kitchen and dining alcove that can be converted to a second bedroom or home office. See floor plan and full details here.
161-West-61st-Street-01 The Alfred via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Unit 4B is a sizable home featuring hardwood floors, renovated finishes, built-in overhead lighting, and an efficient layout. The living room has been subdivided to make a bonus room - excellent as a home office, second bedroom, nursery, etc. while retaining the open layout and sunlight of the southern exposure. Best of all, there is a large private balcony as well as an in-unit combination washer/dryer! See floor plan and full details here.

302-West-12th-Street-01 302 West 12th Street via Compass
From the listing:
Original details have been painstakingly restored including hardwood oak floors, steel doorframes, and beamed ceilings. The large open living room has plenty of space for separate living and dining and features a wood-burning fireplace allowing you to enjoy dinner with family and friends or a quiet evening at home. The windowed open kitchen has top-of-the-line Viking appliances. See floor plan and full details here.
115-Charles-Street-01 115 Charles Street via Compass
From the listing:
The apartment is full of pre-war details, including exposed brick, a working wood burning fireplace, and the original hardwood floors. In addition, there are stunning tall windows, facing south that bring light into the apartment all day. The open kitchen, with room for a dining table, is perfect for entertaining and features a stainless steel dishwasher, refrigerator and a Viking stove. See floor plan and full details here.

245-East-93rd-Street-01 Astor Terrace via Elliman
From the listing:
This residence is ideal for living and entertaining. Gleaming wood floors, king sized master bedroom and terrace to enjoy the great city views with your morning coffee or evening cocktail. The kitchen is welcoming and vibrant with state of the art appliances. Move in ready with washer/dryer installation in place. See floor plan and full details here.
300-East-85th-Street-01 The America via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
The apartment has hardwood floors throughout the unit, four over-sized closets with shelves, two air conditioning heating consoles, and two large picture 'Citiquiet' windows, Wall is up with french window pocket door to create a bedroom that holds a queen-size bed. Marble tile bath features glassed in tub and custom vanity. See floor plan and full details here.

429-Kent-Avenue-01 Oosten via Platinum Properties
From the listing:
A stunning and spacious one bedroom one bath home in prime South Williamsburg, overlooking the tranquil courtyard! Enjoy amazing light throughout the day as you gaze out the west facing floor-to-ceiling windows. The galley kitchen is fully-outfitted with Smeg appliances, in-island extra-large sink, marble countertops, plus spacious drawers/cabinetry for additional storage. Virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.
65-Roebling-Street-01 65 Roebling Street via Brick & Mortar
From the listing:
This bohemian sanctuary is real vintage Brooklyn! This is one of the last converted factory lofts in the heart of Williamsburg just two blocks from McCarren Park and only one short block from the Bedford L train right in the heart of Williamsburg. The apartment is FULLY FURNISHED so all you need to do is move in your personal belongings. See floor plan and full details here.

150-East-2nd-Street-01 150 East 2nd Street via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Unit 1L is a beautiful duplex with private patio and large open lower-level space, perfect for a rec roo, home office or other space needs. Complete with white washed French oak floors, the upper level has an open living, dining and kitchen area with exposed brick. Virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.
11-Terrace-Place-01 11 Terrace Place via Compass
From the listing:
Hardwood floors, private balcony, in-unit laundry and spanning over 700 square feet, this is the ideal place to call home. Located in a well maintained, boutique condominium building in Windsor Terrace, this unit has been meticulously cared for and has all of the amenities one could hope for! See floor plan and full details here.

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