Renting 101: How to Find an NYC Apartment

Vicki Salemi

is a writer and former HR manager who landed a big-city job and moved from the New Jersey suburbs to New York City when she was 30. She dishes on how to successfully make the career and lifestyle leap in her new book "Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York" (Jist Works). She gives RentedSpaces some tips on how to find and afford an apartment in one of the world's most exciting and challenging cities.

Financially speaking, what does it take to land a Manhattan apartment?

You do need a little cosmopolitan nest egg to land an apartment in Manhattan, because there are a lot of upfront costs.