Comments about Housing from ICNYC Students
"This semester, I found a sublet through a past participant of ICNYC and the Facebook group Gypsy Housing. Gypsy Housing is a group limited to artists/musicians moving to NYC in search of housing, therefore it caters to a lot of short-term and long-term sublets as well as having very affordable options for tight budgets. However, to save money, if I did live closer to the city (Jersey area/LI) I would definitely live at home and commute in. This can create some restraints with time due to catching trains, etc., but in a city that's very expensive to live in, it can be a worthwhile effort. I currently live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It's a good neighborhood with everything close by - grocery stores, laundry, restaurants, etc. My only recommendation is that you look at where you are going to be spending most of your time, and look for housing based on that. For instance, my internship and the Cornell center are all very close to Penn Station, which is about a 30-45 minute subway ride in. I don't mind the time spent on the train, but if public transportation is not your thing, I would take a good look at where you will be and try to find something related to that. Personally, I don't regret my housing choice at all." (Jonathan Fleischman)
"I am staying with my sister in Danbury, CT for the semester. The commute is tough with it being over 2 hours, but I think it is still definitely worth it for saving money. Plus you get time to study, work, etc. on the train." (Zach Myers)
"I am living in the EHS housing in Brooklyn Heights. The location is great, I love Brooklyn Heights. It is a very residential, quiet neighborhood, which is nice. There are a lot of shopping/eating/grocery options nearby and the subway stops right on my block. The only downside is sharing a communal kitchen, which makes actually cooking a little inconvenient. It is definitely a more expensive option, but it is fully furnished, a fitness center is included and there is security. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for someplace convenient or have never lived in the city before. " (Taylor Barker)
"I would like to recommend the Webster Apartments for inclusion in the new ICNYC Handbook. The location is prime, cost is $315 a week, guests are given two meals a day, clean linens and housekeeping services are offered every week, and they provide tons of opportunities for meeting people from all over the world! The only drawback is that this opportunity is only available for women."
“The 92Y residence is in the relatively quiet neighborhood of the Upper East Side in Manhattan. It is conveniently located just two blocks from Central Park and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Trail, across the street from a grocery store, and between the 96th Street and 86th street subway sops. The inside of the residence feels just like one in Ithaca, with similar size rooms, bathroom, and kitchen facilities. 92Y hosts events from children’s birthday parties to Mashable.com’s Social Good Summit, to the lobby and elevators can get busy at times. However, they offer discount tickets to almost all of their events and classes (ranging from dance and gymnastics to wine tasting or Central Park Tours), and a free gym membership to the 92Y May Center (inside the building) is included in your monthly rent. Most of the other residents are college students from Hunter College or other schools with New York City programs, and there are some international students. The office hours and guest policy is somewhat inconvenient (there is a $15 charge for an overnight guest, as well as a guest curfew, and you must purchase the guest pass ahead of time during office hours). The office has computers and a printer available to residents, and the staff and 24-hour security personnel are friendly.”
”I am currently staying at the [EHS] St George Residence in Brooklyn Heights, and I have had extremely mixed feelings about my experience living there."
"I will start with the positives; the location is absolutely fantastic. The subway is right next to the place, and there is an extremely nice gym to go to that is just down the block. The Promenade is also a short walk from St. George and there are a lot of great locations to go to that are nearby. Brooklyn Heights in general is a great neighborhood, and is one of those places where you could be walking back from a club at 4am in the morning and have mothering to worry about (provided that you aren’t careless, of course). The communal area is also very nice; it is a perfectly ideal place for people to hang out. The kitchen is also pretty good – there’s a good amount of room and there are a lot of places to sit down to eat. There are also a lot of places where you can study."
"As far as living in the actual dorms are concerned, it really depends on where you end up. There are two completely different sides to the residence, one on Clark Street and one on Henry Street. The rooms on Clark Street are pretty nice. They can accommodate two people comfortably, the bathrooms are in working order, the hallways have a very inviting feel to them and it is an all around nice place to stay. The rooms on the Henry Street Side (which is where I stayed) were absolutely horrible! The rooms were cramped, the light switch was broken, the power sockets wouldn’t work for a while, the shower drain clogged easily, the hallways were repulsive, and the elevators looked as if they had not been serviced in decades. I found the living conditions of my room were horrible – and borderline unacceptable."
"I would recommend living at the St. George AS LONG AS you live on the Clark Street side of the hotel. If you are stuck living on the Henry Street side of the hotel, save yourself the trouble and live somewhere else.”
*”When giving advice to future ICNYC students I would recommend that they not live in the New Yorker EHS housing. Currently, I am living in the New Yorker and while it is a prime location, the EHS staff has been unpleasant and very unaccommodating. There have been many maintenance issues in the building and in my room that have yet to be fixed because of the EHS staff. It costs a lot to live here and I just don’t think I am getting what I am paying for. I think that this is important for future ICNYC participants because where you live is a significant part of your experience in NYC. “