The Real Deal New York

  • SPONSOREDSavvy renters are leading the L Train exodus and getting the best deals

    Starting April 27th, hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn-based L train riders will need to find a new way to commute into Manhattan. As a result, Williamsburg and Bushwick renters are scrambling to escape the L-pocalypse and are moving to places with easier commutes and fewer headaches.

    One place ready to welcome them with open arms is the Niko East Village, a brand new, amenity-rich residence located on East 6th Street between Avenues C and D in one of the trendiest neighborhoods outside of North Brooklyn. The building has access to a slew of transportation options and owners who are smartly prioritizing mobility in their pitch to prospective tenants.

    L+M Development Partners opened the Niko East Village just two months ago with the understanding that work-life balance has shifted for many New Yorkers. It’s no longer a given that commuters will pack onto a crowded subway train at rush hour that may or may not be facing delays. Instead, new generations of New Yorkers crave flexibility and options.

    The Niko leasing team is offering a $500 gift card to new residents, with the idea that they’ll use it on their preferred mode of transit, whether it be a shared mobility service like Uber or Lyft, a new bike (the building features indoor bike parking) or even just a Metrocard. In addition, the team is offering a free membership to Citi Bike, a clean commuting option with several docks conveniently located across the street.

    The building offers a perfect landing spot for those L-train shutdown refugees worried about how they’ll get to work, to class or even just to visit friends. With close proximity to bike lanes and Citi Bike docks, quick access to the FDR Drive, three nearby bus lines currently being equipped with bus lanes and a quick walk to the F train, Niko East Village residents are free to experiment with whatever suits their commute best.

    And at the Niko, there isn’t a drop off in the quality of life former Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick residents have come to expect.

    The high-end building features spacious rental apartments from studios to three-bedrooms and amenities rarely found in the surrounding area. The rooftop deck offers panoramic views of the East River and Brooklyn on one side, and sweeping views of Lower Manhattan and Midtown on the other. Located in the low-rise East Village, these unobstructed sightlines are unique and offer the perfect backdrop for an intimate dinner, made using one of the building’s rooftop grills. And the fitness room, resident lounge and lush terrace, all located on the second floor in the rear of the building, offer a quiet respite from the noise of city streets.

    But what really drives the Niko’s value is the neighborhood.

    The East Village was Williamsburg before Williamsburg became the mecca of hipsterdom, and it’s filled with hidden gems like Zum Schneider for German beer and a great atmosphere, Edi & the Wolf for rustic Austrian fare, Ninth Street Espresso for excellent coffee and The Summit Bar for craft cocktails. It offers a perfect blend of history, energy and culture, all with a commute that doesn’t require crossing a river.

    Tompkins Square Park is a short walk away, and includes a popular dog run and a serene setting for passive recreation. And just down the block on 6th Street is the overpass to East River Park, a perfect place for a morning run or for those interested in the many intramural sports leagues that populate its ballfields.

    At its core, the Niko East Village is a perfect home for New Yorkers on the go. Equipped with the $500 transportation gift card and a free Citi Bike membership, Niko residents are never far from where they need to go. Contrast this with the daunting hour-long, three- or four-seat-ride commutes soon to be required for North Brooklyn residents and it’s evident that the Niko is an ideal home for the erstwhile cross-river commuter.

    The building is currently offering two free months on 18-month leases. Apartments are competitively priced, with studios starting at $2,573, one-bedrooms at $3,311, two-bedrooms at $3,911 and three-bedrooms at 5,556.