Pound the pavement
Know where you want to live and have some time? Go there and walk around. Look for “For Rent” signs, walk into apartment buildings and ask if there are any upcoming vacancies, etc. Yes, people really do find apartments this way in New York, and sometimes they’re of the big and/or cheap variety.
Got cash? Try TripleMint.
If what you need out of your apartment search is efficiency and some white glove handholding, TripleMint may be for you. Founded by two Yale grads, the service enables you to search every available NYC property and pairs you with your very own TripleMint broker. (TripleMint’s reps are salaried and receive bonuses on customer satisfaction, not commission.) The service claims this system results in a 33% price cut on the average broker fee. TripleMint also provides its clients with discounts on all sorts of bougie services such as Blue Apron, Uber, Handy, Drizly, and Equinox through its “Moving Concierge” service.