Living near a subway stop is essential for many New Yorkers who want an easy commute to and from work.
Though large swaths of Queens are still considered transportation deserts, there are neighborhoods with several train lines and this affects the rent residents will pay.
RentHop, a search engine for apartment hunting, created a map highlighting median asking rent prices for one-bedroom apartments in 2017 along each train stop. The map also features median asking rent from 2016 for comparison.
The train lines with some of the biggest rent increases since last year include the N and W lines that run through Astoria. The Astoria Boulevard stop saw an 18.3 percent increase in rent since last year, making the median asking rent about $2,500. But just one stop over at the Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard stop the median asking rent is $1,875. That number reflects a 4.2 percent increase since last year.
Rents along the 36th Avenue stop jumped 9.1 percent to $2,100 while the median asking rent around the Broadway stop decreased 2.5 percent to $1,950.
Rent along the 7 line increased around some spots but in more cases it stayed the same or decreased. Median asking price for apartments around the Mets – Willets Point stop increased 4.3 percent to $,1825 but decreased at Vernon Blvd – Jackson Ave, 33rd St and 46th St. Prices stayed the same at 52nd St, 61st St, Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights, 74th St – Broadway, 90th St- Elmhurst Av and Flushing – Main St.
Rent for apartments along the F line in Jamaica saw a big spike in the first quarter of 2017. The median asking rent along the Sutphin Blvd stop jumped 7.7 percent to $1, 825. Apartments along Parsons Blvd rose 6.8 percent and apartments around the 168 St stop spiked 7.4 percent since last year. Median asking rent near the Jamaica – 179 St stop is $1,775, which reflects a 7.6 percent increase.
The boardwalk along Rockaway Beach was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy but the revitalized beach has attracted new visitors and residents. This peaked interest is reflected in rent prices, which have risen since last year. The median asking rent has risen across every stop on the peninsula.
Prices on the west side have seen modest increases like the 2.7 percent increase around the Rockaway Park – Beach 116 St stop or the 3.6 percent increase around Beach 90 St. But further down the line, the median asking rent has risen more dramatically.
Apartments along Beach 67 St saw a 9.3 percent increase in median rent, which translates to $1,475 per month. Along Beach 36 St, the median asking rent is now $1,500, which represents a 9.1 percent increase from last year. Far Rockaway – Mott Av prices jumped 12.7 percent to $1,550.
Prices from one stop to another can range wildly, and this map can help renters make informed decisions about where to move next. To view the interactive map with year-over-year changes, visit the RentHop website.
A static version of the map is below: