The lifestyle preference for most these days is living in energetic, walkable communities filled with vintage character, and situated within a short commute of the workplace – all at an affordable price. Brooklyn once met those goals splendidly. As some know all too well, rents in Brooklyn have grown increasingly beyond the budgets of many Manhattan commuters.
But those who once went east for great rental living are now going west, finding all the above attributes plus rent prices well within their budgets. Moreover, with Hudson Yards’ emergence launching a shift west from Midtown, heading west has never made more sense.
However, by west, we’re not talking Hoboken or Jersey City. Like Brooklyn, these towns have surged in price in recent years. Instead, go just beyond them, and you’ll find the very livable nook of West New York. The small, close-knit community offers shops, cafés and pedestrian-friendly byways, as well as an array of commuting options.
A West New York address lets Manhattan-bound commuters enjoy affordable, convenient transit. Simply hop a bus and you’re in Manhattan in less than 30 minutes. Residents can also catch the ferry to West 39th Street, Battery Park City, and Wall Street, putting them steps from Hudson Yards or downtown Manhattan’s financial district. PATH trains are as close as Hoboken and Jersey City and run until early morning hours. It’s easy to get around in an Uber or cabs, and the cash-only buses can swiftly whisk commuters through the Lincoln Tunnel directly into Manhattan.
Old and New
The 70- to 120-year-old apartment buildings in West New York originally were home to Swiss and German immigrants and later served the needs of Cuban-American residents after the 1959 revolution. They continue to infuse the town with character and tradition.
The impressive number of historic pre-World War II buildings makes West New York’s residential streets particularly striking. In recent years, newer apartments have come to the community, bringing with them highly-sought features, modern finishes and amenities increasingly favored by today’s renters. Rooftop decks, stainless steel appliances, on-site parking and live-in lobbies are among distinguishing features of these newcomers to West New York’s residential tableau.
Meet 320 53rd Street and 321 54th Street
For instance, 320 53rd Street and 321 54th Street, an apartment community developed by Manhattan-based TAH Properties, are new West New York addresses. They feature one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, a roof deck with dramatic Manhattan views, fitness room, package delivery room and sophisticated lobby designed by acclaimed New York City designer Vanessa DeLeon. TAH Properties offers a highly-responsive management team, as well as online rent payments and maintenance requests, to help ensure renting ease. Large apartments of 850 to 1,400 square feet in size start at $1,800 per month. Two-bedroom residences are ideal for young couples who want easy access to Manhattan and rental prices under $2,500 per month. They’re also perfect for recent college graduates with roommates who prefer modern luxuries to cramped and dated Manhattan apartments the approximate size of postage stamps. All apartments include one parking space, with additional spaces available as needed.
Sense of Tradition
A community of appealing diversity, West New York is brimming with the character and “traditional feel” many contemporary renters avidly seek. The north Hudson County town features streets of charming early- to mid-century residential buildings within easy walking distance of flourishing Bergenline Avenue, also known as the “Miracle Mile,” among the longest-standing retail corridors in the New York metropolitan area. Here, more than 300 businesses line the vibrant and well-patronized commercial street. They meet virtually any need a renter might have. They include supermarkets, pharmacies, apparel stores, beauty shops, banks and financial services firms, medical clinics, convenience retailers, real estate and travel agencies, florists, cell phone stores and jewelers.
Dining alternatives range from mom-and-pop ethnic eateries in West New York to upscale and white tablecloth restaurants down by the waterfront. In neighboring Hoboken and Jersey City, the nightlife extends from casual corner pubs and sports bars to sophisticated drinking establishments.
West New York’s educational options include early childhood programs, a half dozen K-6 elementary schools, one seventh and eighth-grade middle school and Memorial High School.
Quick commutes, more space at affordable prices, vintage ambience and modern conveniences. Put them together, and it’s no wonder more and more New York City renters are increasingly looking west.