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Like delayed trains and hours-long brunch waits, studio living is fact of life for many New Yorkers. There are countless hacks to make a small space more livable, but the best one might be the simplest: Rent one with a killer outdoor space. Sure, you might have to store your sweaters in the oven, but if you ask us, it’s a small price to pay for access to a spacious rooftop, garden or patio. 

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LES
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Lower East Side ($3,120)

When warm weather finally rolls around, we make for the nearest rooftop bar. Unfortunately, so does every other New Yorker. Nab this LES studio and you could skip the crowds and lounge with your friends on your building’s very own expansive rooftop, equipped with a commercial-sized grill and an outdoor screening room.

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brooklyn heights
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Brooklyn Heights ($2,600)

This bright and airy studio (with a seperate eat-in kitchen) has a massive patio that almost doubles its square footage—and definitely quadruples your home envy factor.

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upper east
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Upper East Side ($2,395)

In case that charming private terrace with a treetop vista isn’t enough for you, this sleek apartment building also has a communal furnished rooftop with views of the city in every direction.

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west village
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West Village ($4,700)

Sure, for $4,700 you could get a multi-room home elsewhere in the city, but with a patio that’s bigger than the entire apartment itself—not to mention two walk-in closets—who needs rooms?

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upper west side
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Upper West Side ($3,695)

Tell your boss you’ll be working from home this summer. Posting up with a laptop on a lounge chair on the building’s landscaped roof deck sure beats sitting in a cubicle. There’s also an outdoor theater and barbecue space so you can transition into the weekend with ease. 

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astoria
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Astoria ($2,000)

We’re a sucker for a Juliet balcony, but we go completely weak in the knees when a studio has an in-unit washer and dryer and a dishwasher. This pet-friendly Queens studio also has a communal roof deck and fitness center. Swoon. 

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upper east side
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Upper East Side ($3,300)

This whimsical garden courtyard seems like something out of a Jane Austen novel, but it’s right smack in the middle of Manhattan. If you need us, we’ll be under a willow tree with our nose buried in a book all summer long.

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