County of Kings

A Facebook friend in Brooklyn, looking for new digs, posted this image, perhaps to show us out here in the provinces what he’s up against:

Affordable Housing in NYC

For some of us, this is a definition of “affordable” with which we are not familiar. I’m sure it’s worse in Manhattan, assuming there are units like this to be had in Manhattan.

If you’re a sophisticated urbanite, by the definition used by sophisticated urbanites to separate themselves from those rubes out in the ‘burbs, this is what you get for that kind of money in the 405. (My little house on the edge of the Loop runs, um, rather a lot less.)


  1. McGehee »

    7 August 2014 · 12:18 pm

    What rent control did for rents is what gun control would do for guns.

  2. CGHill »

    7 August 2014 · 1:26 pm

    That would be my assumption, yes.

  3. Tatyana »

    8 August 2014 · 8:51 pm

    6 yrs ago in Manhattan similar application (for 1bdr in “affordable housing” coop – don’t remember if I wrote a bout it) requested max income of 78K from 2 people (including if one of them is a dependent). That was not a rental but coop – meaning I’d have to buy an apartment for $275000, maintain it myself, pay coop fees (for maintenance of common areas) and if I ever want to sell, I will be obligated to sell it for the same $275K!

    Naturally, I failed an interview with the board – did not sufficiently demonstrated that I belong to obedient minority.

  4. CGHill »

    8 August 2014 · 9:38 pm

    Associations of this sort generally dislike having their boats rocked.

  5. Nancy »

    9 August 2014 · 6:17 pm

    Wait–you think those Brooklyn rents are high? Hah. And hah encore.

    Here in the Brooklyn of the Bay Area, you can get a studio for $1,325 a month, but it’s 350 sq. ft.

    Here’s a 1BR (850 sq. ft) for $3,508.
    Parking is extra.

    A random sampling from Craigslist San Francisco:

    Studio apartment, heart of Chinatown: $1,600
    1BR apartment, Nob Hill: $3,400
    Studio, North Beach: $2,575
    720-sq. ft. 1BR, South of Market: $3,572

    And it’s worse on the Peninsula (Silicon Valley).

  6. CGHill »

    9 August 2014 · 6:43 pm

    I will consider myself Hah-ed.

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