So where should you be looking? “You’re most likely to find these apartments in places where the rent is lowest because the landlord doesn’t have incentive to spend the money to get it out of stabilization,” Schleider adds. “If the market in the neighborhood is below $2,700, there is no reason for them to spend money.”
Bolger recommends looking in areas like Upper Manhattan, Midtown West, Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn (Prospect Heights, Lefferts Gardens, Crown Heights).
“If this is a big priority for you, I would also recommend speaking with a real estate agent,” adds Schleider. “They know about apartments that aren’t publicly listed. If you have a broker who you like and trust, let them know what you’re looking for and maybe you’ll get that phone call before the apartment hits the market.” Just make sure they're not ripping you off.