Top Five Apartments For Rent Next To Soon-To-Open Second Avenue Train

Now is your last chance to snatch an apartment in the vicinity before the rents skyrocketed.

By Team Agorafy November 11, 2016
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In a hypothetical contest of most popular NYC cliches, “the concrete jungle” would definitely come in first. All these skyscrapers, grey monolithic structures and glassy office buildings—Manhattan does resemble a concrete jungle. That is, unless you happen to to live somewhere along the First Avenue in the Upper East Side: Then it’s more like a desert—a subway desert.

As much as we at Agorafy wish we coined this expression ourselves, it’s actually a common term referring to those NYC areas that form ten-minute “walkshed” around the subway stations.

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There is even a Subway Desert map showing these godforsaken urban islands of commute desperation.

One of such “deserts” is about to welcome civilization coming in the form of an accessible transportation option: the infamous and much-awaited Second Avenue subway which is bound to finally open, fingers crossed, this December. The MTA website says that “when fully completed, the line will stretch 8.5 miles along the length of Manhattan’s East Side, from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan.” The area that will probably be affected most is Yorkville.

Analysts say that the local rental market is already heating up. They even calculated the price of this new subway addition: If you end up saving ten minutes of commute, for example, it means that your monthly rent will increase by $330.

For all of you, apartment hunters, it means one thing: Now is your last to snatch an apartment in the vicinity before the rents skyrocketed. And if MTA, for once, sticks to its own schedule, you might even have a train at a reasonable distance from your place.

So, here goes Agorafy’s list of top five apartments to rent next to the soon-to-open Second Avenue Subway.


519 East 83rd Street  /  Monthly Rent: $2,300

You get: a great 1-bdr apartment with a huge storage space.

Agorafy 519 East 83rd Street


1570 First Avenue  /  Monthly Rent: $2,295

You get: A beautiful renovated 1-bdr with a dishwasher—which you can use to storage purposes (who has the time to cook these days)?

Agorafy 1570 First Avenue


423 East 83rd Street  /  Monthly Rent: $2,375   

You get: A really spacious 1-bdr with hardwood floors: 800 square foot in Manhattan is pretty much a Mcmansion.

423 East 83rd Street


332 East 74th Street  /  Monthly Rent: $1,995

You get:  A beautiful 1-bdr that comes with inherent rights to brag to you live “almost” on the Upper East Side.



438 East 75th Street  /  Monthly Rent: $2,095

You get:  A bright and sunny 1-bdr with high ceilings and a bedroom that can actually fit some furniture.



Team Agorafy



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