Finding an apartment in NYC that has everything you’re looking for and you can actually afford should be considered an olympic sport. And truly, not all NYC neighborhoods are made equal. But as the summer commences and temperatures heat up, so does the city–but which parts are hottest?
RentHop analyzed millions of search queries over three months this past spring to see which of NYC’s neighborhoods are currently the hottest, i.e., have the most renter demand. They then compared these results to those last year to see which neighborhoods are gaining and losing popularity.
And, according to the results, Astoria, Queens is currently the hottest neighborhood in NYC, jumping to 1st from 9th last year–but come on, with all of Astoria’s mouthwatering food it’s not hard to see why this neighborhood is hot.
Astoria is the hottest neighborhood for NYC renters in 2023, jumping 8 spots in our rankings this year to take top place. As rent prices across the city have skyrocketed, many New Yorkers have looked to Queens for more affordable prices and bang for their buck.
In second place was the Upper East Side, finding itself in the same spot as last year, followed by the East Village (which ranked first last year), Bedstuy, and the Upper West Side.
While more than half of the top ten hottest neighborhoods reside in Manhattan, Northern Brooklyn is definitely gaining some momentum.
According to the ranking, Bedstuy is the 4th most searched neighborhood for renters, Williamsburg 6th, Bushwick 7th, and Greenpoint 14th–all of which rose considerably in popularity since last year.
However, the neighborhood which saw the highest jump this year was West Harlem, which jumped twelve spots from 46th to 34th compared to last year.
Those among the “colder” neighborhoods, finding themselves dropping in popularity, include Greenwich Village (8 spot drop), the West Village (7 spot drop), Chelsea (6 spot drop), and the Bowery (6 spot drop). They all still find themselves in the top 25, though.
Data shows, however, that many renters have begun looking elsewhere in search of cheaper prices as rents soar, better amenities, and more space.
See the full study here.