If you thought already thought New York City rent was sky high, these maps from Zumper(hat tip to Gothamist) will really drive the point home. These maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn show the median prices of measly one-bedroom apartments in New York City's hottest neighborhoods. Even the most cynical New Yorkers will be shocked at how high these rental prices are, considering they are all medians and not particularly fancy digs.
Are you a young, single person who wants to live alone and not share your bathroom with two people off Craigslist? Were you looking for a middle-of-the-road one-bedroom in Chelsea? That will set you back a whopping $3,850.
If you're a "Rent" fan, then you know the poor, bohemian characters of the musical live in the East Village. Must be cheap, right? Expect to pay $2,840 for a one-bedroom there. We get the feeling "Rent" characters would sing, "We're not going to pay ..."
If Chelsea is a little too déclassé for you, head across the river to DUMBO, where the median rent is a cool $4,000. That's $48,000 a year - very close to the $51,939 median household income reported in the U.S. in 2013 by the Census Bureau.
Even the "up and coming" neighborhoods in Brooklyn aren't exactly a bargain anymore. Crown Heights clocks in at $1,850 and Bushwick median rent for a one-bedroom is $2,050. Sadly, these rents still look like a steal compared to tony neighborhoods like the West Village and Tribeca.
Just remember: You can buy a house in Detroit for less than the median rent for a one-bedroom in any of these neighborhoods. (And also if you leave New York City it will drive down the rent for the rest of us.)