You know, as us New York transplants "hustle" to pay rents larger than the GDP of a developing nation, there's one phrase that elicits a mixture of furious envy and petty jealousy. Two little words that could increase out budget exponentially and keep suckers like me from eating ramen and fruit smoothies for every meal.
Those two words?
You hear about this with long time New Yorkers, who started living in primo neighborhoods decades ago and kept the same rent as the neighborhood changed around them. Well, the actress Patricia O'Grady lived in the heart of the trendy Greenwich Village since 1955 until her death this past March. Her rent was $28.31.
Her story was told in CNN.com, and it has made me decide to befriend a bunch of old New Yorkers so I can hide their bodies when they croak and discretely move into their apartments. Ghoulish I know, but I spend $1300 on a single bedroom.