$800 for a 6x8 bedroom on the LES in an apartment shared with roommates. $500 for a similar situation in Bed Stuy. It's simply a fact of life that young people (20-somethings, in this case) are paying pretty big bucks to live in super small spaces — and over 46 percent of them have roommates, too. Illegal situations, long commutes and sometimes less-than-lovely ("crummy" is how one of the interviewees describes her place) spaces also factor in to the "cost" of life here.
But this NYT article is not all doom and gloom - the residents mainly focus on the positive which essentially boils down to their happiness at living in New York. As Ben Craw, a Huffington Post staffer included in the piece states, "I always loved New York. I couldn't wait to get out of my house. In terms of the jobs I wanted, the social life I wanted, I didn't care where I lived as long as it was in the city. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that whatever it was, it would be most possible here."
Read the article (and check out the interactive feature): The Price 20-Somethings Pay to Live in the City | New York TImes