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Here’s a freshly gutted three-bedroom close to the L and M trains in Bushwick. The combined kitchen-dining-living area is large, and two of the three bedrooms are reasonably sized as well. There are new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, although it’s wedged into a rather small space.

At first glance, the rent seems affordable at $2,416 a month. But the brokers are advertising a net effective rent with two months free, which means whoever rents this spot will write checks for the much higher $2,900 a month. It’s no fee.

It’s also right under the elevated track, which could be noisy. We know this part of Bushwick is starting to get pricey, but do you think it’s worth $966 a bedroom?

1446 Myrtle Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP


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If you’re on the hunt for a furnished apartment in Bed Stuy, this four-bedroom, 2.5-bath pad is newly renovated with all the bells and whistles you could want. There’s a rolling granite kitchen island, stainless steel dishwasher, wine rack and a stove with a built-in griddle.

The IKEA furniture might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but already assembled beds and desks in every room might be convenient for a group of roommates. It also has central A/C and laundry in the basement. What’s your opinion of it for $3,995 a month?

505 Throop Avenue, #1 [Citi Habitats] GMAP

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This three-bedroom brownstone duplex is yet another beautifully renovated and pricey Bed Stuy pad. The 1,500-square-foot apartment has an eat-in kitchen with a decorative marble mantel, pretty woodwork, a dishwasher and a wine rack. The bathroom also features an original claw foot tub and attractive blue patterned tile.

There is basement storage and a washer/dryer. The G train is half a block away at Classon Avenue.

Incidentally, the building was a House of the Day when it was for sale in 2013, and configured differently. We do see a potential deal breaker, though: The bathroom and the bedrooms are on separate floors.

What’s your opinion of it for $4,000 a month?

420 Lafayette Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP


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Here’s a spacious and affordable three-bedroom co-op for rent near the park in Flatbush. There are three nicely sized bedrooms, a large separate living room, and a windowless office off the foyer. Beamed ceilings and herringbone floors also give it a nice prewar feel. However, the co-op board does have to approve any potential renters. What are your thoughts on it for $2,600 a month?

416 Ocean Avenue, #35 [Corcoran] GMAP


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Rents in central Brooklyn are rising by the day, but there are still a few deals out there — like this three-bedroom duplex in Bed Stuy close to the Crown Heights border. The kitchen and bathroom are pretty run-of-the-mill, but they are recently updated. There’s also a washer/dryer and access to the shared backyard.

It’s only half a block to Fulton and two blocks to the C at Kingston-Throop, so the area is busy but convenient. Does it seem like a good deal for $2,400 a month?

45 Albany Avenue [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP



This three-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex in Bed Stuy has a swanky renovation and a high price to match. The kitchen and baths are particularly luxurious, with a white Carrara marble backsplash in the kitchen and more marble and a patterned tile floor in the baths.

We’re not crazy about the framed, exposed brick in some of the rooms, but the 1,620-square-foot pad is certainly spacious, and there’s central A/C, laundry and a private garden too. It’s also on a very nice block of Hancock in Stuy Heights, and close to shops, although it’s a bit of a hike (about seven blocks) to the A/C at Utica. Do you think someone out there will pay $4,200 a month for it?

502 Hancock Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP


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If you’re looking for a three-bedroom in Bed Stuy, we think you could do a lot worse than this new-construction pad on Malcolm X Boulevard near Gates Avenue. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and an island that adds a little extra counter space.  The two bathrooms have fancy marble tile and a dark wood vanity and medicine cabinet. We’re not big fans of the building, which is a three-story Fedders special, but at least it only has one other apartment. Do you think it seems like a good deal for $2,400 a month?

135 Malcolm X Boulevard [Fillmore] GMAP


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Here’s a huge, beautiful two-bedroom for rent in a free-standing Victorian in Flatbush. The paint job is eye-popping, but it can’t hide the original moldings, parquet floors and bright bay windows. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and seems large enough for a dining table, and the living room looks spacious too. Rent might be a little high for the location, which is several blocks away from the 2/5 and B/Q trains. Do you think $2,500 a month seems reasonable for this much space?

564 East 23rd Street, #2 [Dwell Residential] GMAP


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This Bed Stuy two-bedroom is recently updated but still has some original moldings and a decorative fireplace. We’re not as keen on the open-plan kitchen, but it’s fine, and the renovated bathroom with pedestal tub looks beautiful. That second bedroom is probably just large enough for a full-size bed. Do you think $1,950 a month is reasonable?

565 Decatur Street, #3 [Halstead] GMAP

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Here’s a sweet little garden two-bedroom for rent in Carroll Gardens. Tin ceilings and wide plank floors give it some prewar charm, and there’s a nice shared garden. It also has a dishwasher and washer/dryer.

It’s across from DiMattina Playground, but also close to the BQE. What are your thoughts on it for $3,400 a month?

71 Woodhull Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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It’s been an unusually long and cold winter, but even so, the heating bills at new luxury rental building 500 Sterling Place in Crown Heights have been “insanely expensive,” according to one renter there who got in touch with us. She said said her January bill was $598 and February $700 to heat a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment of about 1,000 square feet — and that was with the heat off in one of the bedrooms. (For comparison, this is about what we pay for a three-story row house.)

“At this point, most tenants I’ve spoken with are very upset,” she told us. “I don’t know what we’re going to do about the bills ourselves, as they’ve gotten to be more then what I can afford. We’re definitely moving out after our lease is up!”

Each apartment has large PTAC electric heating/cooling units under the windows in its main rooms. Click through to see what one looks like in a bedroom at the complex.

Since she first contacted us two weeks ago, the management company has met with the entire building to discuss the problems and has agreed to pay “a substantial portion of everyone’s ConEd bills,” she said. They have been “really receptive and transparent. I think we’ll wait and see about moving, as they’ve been so responsive.”

Complaints about high heating bills are not uncommon in new-construction luxury rental buildings. Another example is 53 Broadway in Williamsburg, which we’ve written about here and here.

The building’s management company had no comment. We also reached out to the owner, and will update the story if we hear anything.

In the meantime, is anyone else out there experiencing similar problems with PTAC units in any kind of building? And are there any heating experts out there who can clue us in to what the underlying issue is — design, installation, or just the nature of PTAC units?

500 Sterling Place Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Halstead


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Here’s a freshly renovated three-bedroom near Brooklyn College in Flatbush. The living room looks fairly large and has 14-foot ceilings and a skylight. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and granite countertops. It’s not the cheapest apartment in the neighborhood, but the location is pretty convenient. It’s across the street from the 2/5 trains, close to lots of shops on Flatbush Avenue and two blocks from Brooklyn College. Do you think $2,700 a month seems decent?

1542 Flatbush Avenue, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP