www.padspin.com The building: Gorgeous renovated building with massive lobby, elevator, 2 staircases (East and West), live-in super, pet-friendly and laundry in the basement. The Unit: Gut-renovated alcove studio on the 3rd floor with dishwasher and stainless steel appliances, ample closet space, unit looks out on the courtyard (no street noise) and has plenty of storage (both kitchen, living/bedroom and bathroom). It currently holds a full size bed, bed bench, love seat, vanity table and still space enough to move/dance around. Ideal for one person, but can accommodate a couple (those were the tenants before me who lived here for 2+ years). $1725/month + utilities (avg. $35-70) The Area: A gentrifying neighborhood with lots of families, young professionals as well as (Columbia) students, this is a fun spot in the city. The 1 train is 2 blocks away (145th Street), and the A/C/B/D line (145th Street) are a short 8min walk, which bring you to Midtown Manhattan in 30 & 15min respectively. The building is across the street from Riverside State Park, which offers great (and free/affordable) workout options such as indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, baseball courts, running tracks etc. There are plenty of grocery stores within a 5min walking distance as well as a Fairway Market on 137th & Riverside.