Yet another friend of mine is finding herself priced out of Brooklyn.
The largest of the five boroughs, Brooklyn is located across the East River from Manhattan. Commuters like me take the subway below ground or over bridges to get to work each day.
I lived in Manhattan on the Upper West Side for more than ten years, but I somehow feel more attached to Brooklyn. It's mellow here, down to earth, rich with diversity, restaurants and goings on.
I suggested Jersey City and Hoboken to my friend, on the other side of the Hudson River, as less expensive alternatives. She'd be living in New Jersey rather than New York, but there are tons of young people out there and a busy real estate market.
I'm reminded of a coworker who moved home to Texas, after doing some math - she found that she earned as much in New York after paying her rent as she would if she were working in McDonald's in Texas. Except here, she was working crazy, stressful hours in a major design firm.
I hope she's happy back home.
Related posts: The Cost of Living Here, The Rat Race, and Through The Roof.