I'm a former expat and a real estate agent. If anyone needs help with finding a place to live feel free to contact me at Protected content . The rentals I handle general have a one month broker fee but some are no fee. Most leases are 12 or 4 months. I also handle sales if anyone is interested in investing or buying their home.
Below are links for my app and my website.
The below is a link to a recent rental market report for Manhattan which shows the average rent for one bedrooms. Rents are significantly cheaper outside of Manhattan in Queens, NJ and some areas of Brooklyn (not all). Some areas of NJ are closer to Manhattan than Brooklyn and Queens Protected content subway ride)