jitsrenzo wrote:It seems like padmapper has so many more listings than streeteasy, or maybe I'm just looking at a few neighborhoods. Is that true? I can't find anything I want with streeteasy
Streeteasy isn't good for rentals - it's mostly for buying.
I haven't found a single great site for rentals. I mostly use nybits.com (large corporate landlords in manhattan), and the individual sites of multi-building landlords (Abington, Equity Apartments, Avalon, Rockrose, Rose Associates, TF Cornerstone, Two Trees, etc.)
For walk ups / small landlords (i.e., non-luxury apartments), your best bet to do it yourself is either craigslist, or walking around the neighborhood and calling numbers posted on signs in front of buildings.
The alternative is to get a broker. I would do this if your firm is paying for it (some do), or if you have a very compressed timeline. Otherwise, you can save a significant amount of money by hunting on your own.