Top 5 Rentenna NYC Apartment Reviews of the Week: “They raise prices fairly quickly on you so lock down a two year lease if you can. It is still 95th street and a cab from the village is hella expensive."

November 10, 2011

Our goal at Rentenna is to develop a community of renters who can share their personal apartment experiences with each other as well as giving you objective criteria to know what an apartment is really like in our Rentenna Score.  Find below our picks for top rental reviews of the week based on a 1-5 score. (1-Worst, 5-Best)

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Property: Normandie Court at 225 East 95th Street, Rating: 4, Rentenna Score: 83 (Excellent!)

Pros: Dormandie court was perfect for when I lived there for two years. They allow you to chop up the apartments many times over making it affordable. 2 minute walk to the 6 train, Brother Jimmys and grocery store below. Doorman, roofdeck and gym.

Cons: They raise prices fairly quickly on you so lock down a two year lease if you can. It is still 95th street and a cab from the village is hella expensive.

Property: 1954 First Avenue, Rating: 4, Rentenna Score: 51 (Average)

Pros: Cheap, Big Apartments, Interior furnishings are very nice.

Cons: Far From Subway, Common Areas Poorly Maintained, Poor Service from Building Staff

Property: 395 South End Avenue, Rating: 3, Rentenna Score: 91 (Premier!)

Pros: Quiet, nice-sized apartments, close to most subways, easy to catch a cab, neighborhood is getting better restaurants

Cons: 4 Elevators, but 2+ were always broken;

Property: Herald Towers at 50 West 34th Street, Rating: 2, Rentenna Score: 89 (Excellent!)

Pros: near every subway

Cons: in a complete tourist area, roof deck is rarely open and when it is its only open until 7 pm

Property: Soho Court at 301 Elizabeth Street, Rating: 4, Rentenna Score: 86 (Excellent!)

Pros: Amenities are awesome and I love the neighborhood (except when I'm trying to sleep - see below). Rent isn't cheap, but I think it's worth it for what you get.

Cons: Building management used to be very inattentive, and elevators were breaking down all the time. In the past year or so management has clearly made an effort and has really improved. Beware fitful sleepers: at times you can hear ALL KINDS of noise from the street below.

5 Staten Island Myths Debunked direct from Rentenna's resident Staten Island Expert

November 08, 2011

By: Sasha Gorelik (Life-long Staten Island resident & Rentenna Genius)

To me Staten Island has always been the best of both worlds, I get the benefits of living in one of the most amazing cities in the world, but in a slightly suburban setting. I’m just a 30 minute bus ride away from downtown Manhattan and a 20 minute drive to Bay Ridge so I never feel like I’m far from the action. But recommend that someone consider Staten Island as the borough they should call home, and a look of horror crosses their face. Misconceptions based largely on outdated stereotypes, SNL skits and the popularity of The Jersey Shore, give Staten Island a pretty bad rap. Here are the most common Staten Island myths, debunked.

1. Staten Island girls are orange.

We are not all orange. Some of us are a nice shade of beige.


2. Everyone's in the mob.

My father is not a member of the mob. Neither is the owner of my favorite Italian restaurant or the old school deli. 


3. It's just a dump.

The dump was closed a few years ago and is in the process of being made into a park.


4. It's all Italians.

Staten Island is very diverse, something that becomes apparent when you consider your food options. It's not just Italian food. There's Russian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Greek, French, German, Turkish… Need I go on?


5. I'd have to go to Brooklyn or Manhattan every time I want to do something.

Bars, cafes, movies, bowling, go-karts, batting cage, golf, tennis, kayaking, zoo, museums, nature walks, and more.




BONUS: There’s crazy turkeys walking around.

That part’s true. Stay away from them, they will attack!







 Find your next Staten Island Apartment on Rentenna!

(Most of them you have to call directly to see what their availabilities are, phone number and website provided.)

NY DAILY NEWS: Manhattan rents climb as demand stays strong

November 08, 2011


There’s no relief for Manhattan renters.

In spite of the weakening economy, landlords are hanging tough: The average rent for a Manhattan apartment in October was $3,341, 7% higher than October, 2010, and flat when compared with September 2011, according to a report from real estate brokerage firm Citi Habitats.

Rents are just $53 off their all-time high of $3,394 reached in May 2007. The vacancy rate in October was 1.18%, up slightly from September’s 1.08% vacancy rate but below October 2010’s rate of 1.24%.

“It’s a very stable market,” said Citi Habitats president Gary Malin. “Despite the economic turmoil, the rental market has forged ahead, full steam.”

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Cocky landlords are holding back on incentives. In October, just 7% of rental deals brokered by Citi Habitats offered a free month’s rent or payment of the broker’s fee, or both. While that is up slightly from September, it is down from October 2010, when 17% of deals included an incentive.

Demand for Manhattan rentals remains high as the borough continues to draw new arrivals from around the globe seeking employment opportunities.

Also keeping the rental market strong: Manhattan dwellers are delaying purchasing a home because they are uncertain about the economy or are having trouble securing a mortgage.

SoHo and Tribeca remained the hottest spots in town, with the average rent in those celebrity-filled neighborhoods hitting $5,085 in October. The vacancy rate was a razor-thin 0.49%.

There is a silver lining for renters, though. During the winter months, rents overall tend to come down.

But don’t expect big price drops. Even with expected layoffs on Wall Street, rents aren’t expected to shrink much because of the relative health of the New York City economy, Malin said.

“If there are mass layoffs, it will play a role in the rental market,” he said. “But I don’t think it will be as massive as renters hope.”

Congratulations to our October Rentenna Contest Winners! Enter now for November!

November 02, 2011

We notified our winners this morning for the October drawing where they received $10.00, $25.00 or $50.00 gift-cards to Starbucks and Stand Burger. I wrote about Stand Burger last month having the best milkshakes in NYC! Congratulations too Chris D., Laura R., Jonathan G., Kristin K., Jonathan C., Allie F., Scott B., & Lior P.!  Enter now to win more monthly prizes and once we reach 500 reviews, the chance to win an iPad!

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Top Insurent Accepted no-fee NYC Apartments of the Week

October 31, 2011
We at Rentenna support the Insurent Guarantor Program because there is no other service like it in the New York City area and it is desperately needed. The strict criteria that landlords impose on renters such as making 40x their monthly rent is ludicrous and what they ask of your potential guarantor (usually a parent/sibling) is more paperwork than adopting a child. For a fee less than a broker, they will act as your institutional guarantor. Owners win because they don’t have any risk.  If you default, Insurent pays. You win because Insurent’s criteria into their program is A LOT easier than a landlords and you can quickly get your dream apartment within 24 hours of applying.  To learn more about Insurent, read their latest press release below. To search through the 150,000 apartments that accept the Insurent Lease Guarantor Program, CLICK HERE!

All buildings below currently have no-fee NYC apartments available NOW accepted by the Insurent Lease Guaranty Program.

Stonehenge Village at 135 West 96th Street, Rentenna Score: 99 (Premiere)

Manhattan > Upper West Side

Avg Rental Prices:
Studio - $2,400
  • Laundry in Building
  • Attended Lobby
  • Concierge
  • On-site Garage
  • dogs okay
  • cats okay


Avg Rental Prices:
Studio - $2,835
1-Bedroom - $4,100
2-Bedroom - $5,809

  • Laundry in Building
  • Full-time Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Rooftop Deck
  • dogs okay
  • cats okay
  • (?
1-Bedroom - $3,100

  • 1-Month Free Rent
  • Features & Amenities:
  • Laundry in Building
  • Elevator
  • Residents Lounge
  • Fitness Center
Avg Rental Prices:
Studio - $1,964
1-Bedroom - $2,373
2-Bedroom - $3,224
Features & Amenities:

  • Laundry in Building
  • Full-time Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center
  • Dogs OK
  • Cats OK
  • (?)
Avg Rental Prices:
Studio - $2,100
1-Bedroom - $2,700
2-Bedroom - $4,000

  • Laundry in Building
  • Elevator
  • Rooftop Deck
  • Fitness Center
  • (?)