The long article June 1, 2014 article Middle-Class Lament: Rent by Constance Rosenblum, a real estate writer for the New York Times, notes that “An income that would seem generous elsewhere is only good for a few hundred square feet of anxiety in New York.” Boy, this article really hit a reader nerve, garnering close to 800 comments (in the days when not so many people comment any more). The 23 comments that are Times Picks give you a great overview of people’s thoughts (many in corrective response to others who simple wrote “Suck it up. You chose to live somewhere expensive.”)

NYC housing stress is nothing new, and coverage of this is practically a cottage industry for the Times Real Estate section. Is it worse these days then when you moved here?  The article does a good job of outlining why it probably is.

Three girls share a two-bedroom on the East Side. Credit Katherine Marks for The New York Times

Three girls share a two-bedroom on the East Side. Credit Katherine Marks for The New York Times

At the same time, the photo accompanying the article shows a group of very well dressed, nicely coiffed young women sitting out on their high-rise balcony, enjoying big goblets of red wine.

Not one part of that is familiar to me from MY first (or second, or third, or fourth!) NYC apartment. (-: But some of the stories of other folks in the story are more relatable.

And the reasons for coming to New York and how you feel when you find your first apartment sound very familiar:

Like so many newcomers, the three were drawn by the city’s sense of promise and possibility, a chance to reinvent themselves and reinvigorate their lives. …

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I feel very proud of myself, and everyone is proud of me,” Ms. Dormand said. “I didn’t just move away, I moved to Manhattan.” She is even proud to write her address: New York, New York.

Read the full article here.