A 2 BR in Bed Stuy is going to be difficult these days and if you are trying to fit 2BR's worth of people into a one bedroom, landlords will also not go for that.
There is more to this than your credit score.
Most landlords, especially in the price range that you are looking for will look at the whole picture. They know there is no such thing as perfection.
Responding to ads is also rather like chasing the market. Get ahead of it; walk into the best office in the neighborhood that you want to live and talk directly to an agent. Or at least call them on the phone and ask for help with your search. Most of the better apartments will be rented as soon as they come into the office by people that are already registered with an agent in the office.
Kathryn Lilly, Broker
Realty on the Greene, LLC
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Rapid Williamsburg Inc