Is it possible to live (decently) in your city on a salary of $85,000?
only if you're a whore in Hell's Kitchen
Certainly not in my area, the enviable Upper West Side. Perhaps you should give Inwood or Washington Heights a try. They ARE technically part of Manhattan, I suppose.
R2 OP didn't ask about Manhattan.
What is the cheapest part of NYC, and what is the most dangerous? Is Staten Island the cheapest? Is the Bronx the most dangerous still?
Checkout Brooklyn Heights. It is wealthy, full of TV actors, has a view of lower Manhattan. It is one subway stop from Wall Street on the 2,3 Express. I have a friend who lives in a 1 BR rent controlled apartment there for about $400/ month.
r5 is posting from 1970. BH is extremely expensive. You maybe, just maybe can get a 400 sq ft studio for $2,000 if you're lucky.
R6, I'm not exaggerating. He lives on Pineapple St. in the Heights, he pays about $400/month. He teaches public school, makes about $70,000/ year. He has lived there since before 1975. RENT CONTROLLED
To clarify - Manhattan, Brooklyn or possibly Queens.
Who cares, r5/r7? The OP can't get a rent controlled apartment.
Of course you can. I live in a 650 square foot apartment in midtown (albeit rent stabilized, and I've lived here for 20 years) and pay $1028.00 a month. I make just over $50,000.00 a year.
Yes, rent stabilized apartments are harder to come by, and you may not be able to find a decent place in a really great area like I live in, (you'd probably have to be a whore to do that) but you should certainly be able to find something in Upper Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn etc. It can most assuredly be done.
How the FUCK can any human being live in a veal pen that is only 650 ft2 and call it a life??
R9, he CAN use this information to his use. Marry someone in NYC with a rent controlled apartment, you can inherit it and live their forever! Landlord/Tenant Law 101
Can you live (decently) anywhere on that salary?
You can do it on $85,000, but you'll see a lot more theatre, restaurants and fun stuff on $100,000. This assumes that you are bringing your paid-for furniture with you, and you are selling your car.
All of you people throwing out rent stabilized rates -- as though that is the norm and in any way accessible to someone moving in from out of town -- can eat a bag of old vaginas.
OP, it's possible. If you don't have a roommate, think studio, and you'll find something nice. Try the web site "Street Easy" to give you an idea. Also the site linked.
He can eat OUR vaginas....we're in rent-controlled OZ.
You can live in plenty of nice neighborhoods in NYC outside of Manhattan. A one bedroom in a pre-war building in Bay RIdge would run you about $1200 to $1400 a month depending on how updated it is. The area has tons of resturants and bars, a beautiful promenade overlooking NY bay and is a decent commute to the city.
Of course you can OP. Geez...
I live in the Bronx and I love it. Close to Orchard Beach in the summer, plenty of hot men, easy commute to the city, not all that expensive and much safer than I was led to believe.
By the way, I live with my husband in a very small studio in midtown. We have it beautifully designed and we're very happy. He's been there since the 70s so it's only $800 a month. We live on a beautiful block and we love each other.
[quote]A one bedroom in a pre-war building in Bay RIdge would run you about $1200 to $1400 a month
All the Norwegian Catholics there would drive me nuts!
You can live in a studio in Manhattan for that money but you'll be spending the vast majority of your money on rent. I don't know how people dump $2,000-$2,300k a month to the wind for the opportunity to live in a cramped little box. I understand doing it for a few years to get the full Manhattan experience, but does it not bother you that you aren't purchasing any real property with that money?
I have an old biddy aunt who has lived in a 8 room penthouse on Sutton Place since 1970 for which she pays $850 per month. Is this uncommon?
OP, you can live on that salary, but you will be so miserable, you will eventually come on DL and start threads praising NYC and calling everyone who doesn't have the great life you have a "flyover."
OP Come to South FL where you can purchase a 5 BR 5BA relatively new home on an acre with a pool and 3 car garage for 260K.
Of course, you will need the prerequisite lobotomy first.
Yes if you only eat ramen noodles and have five roommates.
I made 85k and lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. It was a charming neighborhood of brownstone houses and pre-war buildings. I was right down the street from the F train, which was only a few stops from Manhattan. My rent was $1,700 per month and I lived frugal; my monthly budget was managed on an Excel spreadsheet and I didn't go over if I could help it. That meant no extravagant living, I even managed to save money each month.
It can be done, don't listen to anyone. You just have to adjust your life accordingly. Live on a budget and you will be fine.
Oh, I also had a second job I worked per-diem. A few shifts a month made a huge difference. Since I didn't have a life revolving around shows, shopping, brunches and vacation, I had extra time on my hands anyway. I didn't mind the extra work once in a while. It wasn't every week.
R22 Yes, it is uncommon. I suggest you move in with Aunt Biddy ASAP. If you are living with her for two years and she dies, you can contune to live there at the same rent.
OP, there is a long-closed and non-used subway stop under City Hall with art deco ceilings and natural light through a mosaic ceiling of cut colored glass. Lots of friendly bums and transients go there because the lavatories still work, it is warm in winter and cool in summer.
But they got rats in the cella.