Finally Making It to Manhattan

Finally Making It to Manhattan

For those who have long dreamed of escaping the other boroughs, there was a silver lining to the pandemic: lower rents in Manhattan. Jeff Godfrey, who spent the last 11 years living in Brooklyn, realized a longtime dream this spring: He moved to Manhattan. “I just always wanted to try living in Manhattan,” said Mr. Godfrey, a 34-year-old artist and bartender, who scoured various listings sites for months after realizing that, thanks to plummeting rents, the borough was finally within reach. In April, he pounced on a spacious, newly renovated two-bedroom on the Lower East Side that rents for $2,400 a month — the same price he was paying for an unrenovated two-bedroom off the Halsey J train stop in Bushwick. The new place is even rent stabilized. Which is perfect, as he plans to stay for decades. “There’s creative energy, human energy — not just artists but many different types of people. You see more people on the streets,” said Mr. Godfrey, who shares his apartment with a roommate, but hopes one day to have the space to himself. …
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