I've been there since September 2009 and moved in when it was an empty apartment. It's a basement apartment--my window looks into my roommate's bedroom (hello!) and our living room gets no light, but our backyard is pretty sweet (my two roommates have glass doors that open up to it). Think the apt is 1300 SQ FT. But we get brown water sometimes. And mice/rats that live in my walls that I can't get out no matter what.
Not railroad style, though. Honestly, I looked at RR apts when I moved to NYC and I was just like, "WUT." It's like, prepare to have your shame publicly broadcast to everyone who lives with you.
sounds interesting. rats would freak me out, but i guess it's okay as long as they never get into the apt. do you have a cat? 1100 is a great price for a big bedroom in that location. do you have a good setup in the backyard, or is it the rats' domain?
Dude, night before my LSAT I found a rat deuce on my pillow. We've actually got the problem pretty under control in that I don't see any rodents actually in my apartment now. I just hear them in the walls which I think I've always heard but just previously attributed to a poltergeist or something.
Our backyard was a dump when we moved in. it's probably the size of a king sized bedroom (so not that big) and doesn't get much light due to the towering buildings next door, but it's super awesome in the summer when we throw parties. I feel lucky to have gotten the place. I looked at similarly priced apartments in the EV (even avenue C and stuff) and they were all extremely small and not really subway central (I live literally next door to the BDFMNQR6).
If you're looking for an apt. in Manhattan, I would be forgiving about the broker's fee. It sucks and is a ripoff, but for the most part, you will see better quality apartments, though nofeerentals and DSA realty have nice spots too.