A few things... I'll start off with "it's going to be very hard for you to find a place in Manhattan". It really will be borderline impossible. A broker is going to be the only person who can probably help you, and that will have to be with a small landlord that they likely have an exclusive listing with, as they're usually easier to deal with. No "apt. by owner" will be willing to work with you probably as they'll have many more qualified people with an interest in their place.Originally Posted by walkietalkie
To address your question about an "insane 3 month security deposit", that just sounds made up. That's not normal or a regular occurance. Also, you can't "apartment hunt" over the internet unless you're willing to take something sight unseen (and they would be willing to take you as a tenant, which seems unlikely). GOOD apartments rarely sit around more than a day or two. If somethings around for a week or more, there's a reason.
I think your best bet, if you MUST live in Manhattan, is Central Harlem or Washington Heights or Inwood. It still may be kind of tough for you to get in though. My real recommendation would be Queens or Brooklyn or BX.