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Woman Gives Funny and Honest Glimpse Into What NYC Apartment Living Is Really Like

By Kathleen Joyce,


While New York City may still be one of the most exciting metropolises on Earth, more and more people are waking up to how dire the real estate situation is there. Not all of the Five Boroughs are that bad, but those who try to live in Manhattan with an under-$2k/month budget for rent and utilities are in for a rude awakening.

As a New Yorker roughing it in the Big Apple, is living the struggle first hand. Her glimpses into NYC apartment living are funny, honest, and insightful.

Oh yeah, the induction cooktop- a classic of tiny apartment living. The struggle is real. But wait... isn't that a kitchenette behind her?

Well, that little detail sent us down a rabbit hole, because we looked further and sure enough, yes it was- complete with a stove and oven! We were confused and peeved, because what's with the induction cooktop- some kind of LARP for TikTok? Well, the plot thickens from there, as Linds actually addressed this situation:

Replying to @tall_jw if you have any advice my entire building would be grateful #nycapartments

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Yes, she is lucky enough to have a stove and oven- however, they're gas-powered, and her building's gas has been shut off since last August. So far the building's owner has not addressed this problem, and despite petitioning for lower rent or credit, she is still paying full price despite having major appliances rendered useless. So you see, square footage struggles aren't the only issues with NYC apartment living- sometimes there's ongoing battles with crappy management, too. Oh, joy!

Of course, it would be entirely unfair to claim that bad property management is solely an NYC problem. However, with affordable rentals in short supply in Manhattan, it seems like a lot of landlords there have gotten away with letting poor apartment conditions go unaddressed. Renters should be prepared to self-advocate in these situations, as it can be quite the uphill battle.

Her struggle resonated with other New Yorkers who dealt with the same thing. "This happened to me too, they gave us an electric burner and gas was off for 6 months," related @thegretawaycar. "Who is your management company? I am moving in July and had a TERRIBLE experince with no hot water in my current apartment. Not gonna do this again," vented @kattstiplosekk.

Extensive research is a must before moving to Manhattan- not just for finding a place with ample space, but for ensuring that you won't get jerked around by an awful management company!  If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere- just as long as you're well-versed in NY tenant law!

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