Living in a metropolis that caters to those on the usual nine-to-five workday can prove challenging when you work the late-shift. According to a new report released earlier this week by the listing site StreetEasy, Brooklyn housed more of the best neighborhoods for budget conscious night owls who want a quick late-night commute while saving some money on rent.
To determine what neighborhoods were ideal for New York’s night owls, StreetEasy combed its listings for neighborhoods that have apartments with median rents under $2,500 per month — to “ensure affordability.” For convenience, it chose neighborhoods with average commutes of less than 35 minutes from Union Square after 10pm, factoring in delay reports from the MTA.
StreetEasy further narrowed the neighborhoods down by only considering ones that accounted for less than 0.7 percent of the city’s overall late-night crime activity, based on NYPD records from 2010-2016. Finally, the data was collated into an index, with all factors being given equal weight.
Four of the top 10 neighborhoods for night owls were located in Brooklyn. Greenwood landed at the top of the list, with a low crime rate, reliable late-night train service and affordable rents. Its proximity to Park Slope makes Greenwood even more appealing. And while Greenwood’s median rents are currently $2,175, all indications show “rents are on the rise” in this often overlooked neighborhood.
Like Greenwood, Prospect Park South in Brooklyn tends to be a more “under the radar” neighborhood that offers affordability and convenient commutes. The median rent comes in at $2,072 per month and the average late-night commute time to Union Square is about 31 minutes with minimal delays reported.
West Harlem was the only Manhattan neighborhood to make StreetEasy’s top 10. Shedding its high-crime image of the past, West Harlem had one of the lowest late-night crime rates of all the neighborhoods on the list, says StreetEasy. Commuting time to Union Square clocked in at 28 minutes after 10pm, with reliable train service reported. However, West Harlem’s median rent of $2,450 per month made it the most expensive neighborhood on the list.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Garden and Ditmas Park, Sunnyside and Woodside in Queens, and Mott Haven, Ridgewood and Highbridge in the Bronx.
The borough of Staten Island is noticeably absent from the list, but StreetEasy told BuzzBuzzNews that it didn’t have sufficient rental data for the borough to include it in the report.
Although it is worth noting that given StreetEasy’s commute criteria it wouldn’t have made the list anyway — a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, the only late night travel option, is 30 minutes without even factoring in the commute time to get to Whitehall Terminal from Union Square.
In a similar vein, night-owls may also want to consider that commuting options from Union Square can be a challenge — even during prime daytime hours. For starters, while it is a hub of East Side lines, commuters would need to transfer to a crosstown train to hop a ride on any of the West Side lines — which could add substantially to commuting times after 10pm.
“Union Square is meant to be a baseline for New Yorkers, with someone’s actual commute potentially being faster or shorter depending on transfers or taking the express vs. a local train,” StreetEasy spokesperson Lauren Riefflin told BuzzBuzzNews.
Additionally, commuting from the Times Square area could offer more possibilities, while commuting from any neighborhood below Union Square could reduce rental options based on the factors used by StreetEasy for this report.
“A common saying when it comes to affordability is to follow the train lines. Commute and affordability are intrinsically linked, and as you follow train lines further out into the boroughs, rents get less expensive,” notes Riefflin.
This notion was what shaped StreetEasy’s baseline of a 35-minute commute time, and “is also a time frame that provides accessibility to multiple boroughs,” she adds.
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