What $2,550 Will Get You In NYC | Sweet Digs | Refinery29

What $2,550 Will Get You In NYC | Sweet Digs | Refinery29


Hi, I’m Abby. I’m Suriya. And welcome to our Sweet Digs. Where we have no shortage on doors. Before you come in, click below to subscribe. We live in Crown Heights in a two-bedroom,
converted into a three-bedroom apartment. It’s about 1000 square feet, and altogether
we pay $2550. I pay $800 individually. I pay $785. And our third roommate, Chloe, pays $950. I’d say for a two bedroom, which this technically
is, it’s too much. I know I’m getting a good deal and that it’s cheap
for New York, but I don’t have a real room. So $785 feels like a lot for a converted bedroom. So this is our living room. We brought together a bunch of different furniture
either from like past houses, or a few items that we found on the street, and a few things
that the last tenant left here. We all have similar taste. I think that there’s definitely specific
things, where I’ll be like, “That’s definitely Abby’s, or that’s definitely mine.” But we try to meld them all together. Looking around and you’ll see little bits
of Suriya, or me, or Chloe. I have a poster that’s on the wall that we
know is mine, but we all love, or Abby’s Dolly Parton saint candle is just so her. But it works in the space because all of our
styles really do come together in it. This is our dining area, and this is my table. I brought it up from New Orleans
when I moved here last year. Everyone said that it wouldn’t fit in our
Brooklyn apartment, but I feel like it works really well with the space. And it’s like a nice dark wood, so it matches
a lot of the other dark wood features that we have. Welcome to my room. My room is pretty small, but I feel like I’ve
made the space work pretty well for myself. I would say that my style is Scandinavian functionalism. I kind of read about that before I moved in. It’s all about using every inch of the space. I have some of these high shelves up here
above my bed. I use them for storage and then also just decoration. I have this little vanity shelf. It’s great cause it doesn’t take up too much space. It holds all of my stuff. It kind of frames my mirror really well. I have a little bit of like a double decker,
two-story closet. I have a lot of clothing, so I put in a
top clothing rack up there as well. And I use this little hook to get stuff out
from the top. My dad is a carpenter, and I explained to
him how small my room was. So I went home one weekend, we built this together in his workshop, and
then I brought it back to New York. Then I set up a computer, and we
Skyped while I drilled it in. He was like giving me instructions and everything. It’s held up really well since then. It’s definitely my favorite thing in the room. Thanks, Dad. Overall, I really like the space. It’s definitely small, and it was a little
shocking when I first moved in here. I’ve worked a lot on making it really functional,
but also make it a space that I feel comfortable in and that I feel represents me. Hey, this is my room. It doesn’t have any windows, but it is pretty
spacious and has two different doors, which is pretty cool. It definitely means I don’t get as much privacy
as everybody else, but I like that we have the French doors, so I can still get light
in my room but still have some privacy too. My style in terms of decorating is definitely
influenced by my mom’s style, my Thai heritage for sure. The moon phases at the top is something that
she has in her house. And when I moved, she wanted me to feel like
I was at home, and so she got me one too. And then I just have photos of me and my brother,
and my sister, and then my grandparents, which are also a really big part of my life. This Rubik’s Cube that my brother sent me, he’s 11, and he is really into it right now
and wants me to get really good at it. I have not done a great job practicing, but I will. This is a pretty small portion of my shoe collection. They’re some of my favorite ones. And then I also keep some out in the living room. I keep some in my wardrobe and
some under my bed, too. When I was a kid, my dad used to work at Nike
in product development. So I always got to test the ones that hadn’t
come out yet. I always felt like I was the coolest kid,
walking around in Nike’s that hadn’t come out yet. I like that all my shoes are really different
from each other, but they’re a really cool way that I like to show my personal style. Overall, I really love my room. I think I’ve done a really good job of making
it feel like me. I was a little nervous when we first moved
in because it is not technically a bedroom. I wasn’t sure how homey it would feel, but
it definitely does feel really homey. It feels like me. It feels like a very sentimental space. This is our bathroom. We just have the one between the three of us. It has a shower and like a little mini tub. We all have very different schedules, so we never really run into an issue where
someone’s in the bathroom and I need to get in there. It is really small, though, and this door
doesn’t open past the toilet. It just hits it and stops. But in general, it does its job. None of us really get ready in here. We just have like facewash, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, that kind of stuff. It’s definitely not used as a vanity space at all. And this is our kitchen. This is our kitchen. It was really nice when we moved in because
this came with the house, and it has a really nice wooden top. I bake a lot, so it’s been really nice for like
shaping bread, or like rolling out pie crust and stuff. It was nice that it just came with the house
instead of having to go buy one. You know in the movie Matilda, there’s that scene
where the boy has to eat the chocolate cake, and it’s a horrifying scene. I think that’s why I never ate chocolate cake
as a kid, cause it was like scarring. But Abby looked at that scene and was like,
“That is a good cake. I want to eat that chocolate cake.” It looks good. I love chocolate cake! We could have definitely used more storage in there. I would love a slightly bigger fridge. But we’re lucky that we have a dishwasher. We have a garbage disposal. And it’s definitely not as cramped as a lot
of kitchens could be. Yeah, I agree. I think more storage would be really nice. It’s kind of like a skinny hallway with stuff on either side. For splitting food, and pots and pans, and
everything between three people, it’d be great if there was a little more. And my baking takes up some space, so. So this is our deck patio area. It definitely was a huge selling point of the house. Often in New York you don’t get outdoor space. And so we really liked having this option. Yeah, we use it a lot for when we have people over. If it’s nice out, we’ll eat out here. We have a grill over here. We grew some plants. We had like sunflowers and different vegetables
when it was nicer out. So once it’s spring again we’ll plant. It definitely is probably the best part of the house. For sure. We just resigned on our second year of our
lease, and I think we’re really excited to have a whole other year here in this place. I’m still putting up artwork, and I think
we’re still kind of decorating a little bit. And so I think it would be really nice in
this next year to really solidify what the style is of the apartment. I would also want to do a little bit more
gardening on the back deck. I did a little bit last summer, but to really
get some vegetables out of there would be awesome. I really like living in Crown Heights. I think it’s a really diverse neighborhood. It’s very multicultural. And a lot of our friends live in the neighborhood too. So we have our friends who live downstairs. Some of our best friends live literally on the next block. And so it’s nice that everyone kind of feels
like we’re all here together. If you want to watch more videos, click here. And if you want to subscribe, click here. Bye!

100 Comments

  • Refinery29

    January 12, 2020

    What's your favorite element of their Sweet Digs? Share with us in the comments!

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  • your.mom. abi_

    January 12, 2020

    You could live like a millionaire in India with the same amount

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  • Melindah Mkhwanazi

    January 12, 2020

    I was legit watching a very educational video and dropped it like a hot potato!!!!

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  • Gabriel

    January 12, 2020

    Having a gigantic living/dining room and a small bathroom and bedroom for me is not a good deal. I would rather be comfortable in my bathroom and in my bed then in any other place of the house.

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  • Dream Queen Hart

    January 12, 2020

    Regardless of the price, if they’re happy, I’m happy. 🙂

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  • Semy

    January 12, 2020

    I like their style! 😍

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  • Sanya Dewra

    January 12, 2020

    Oo so earlyy!
    Was waiting for it eagerly💕

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  • Rainbow Shrek

    January 12, 2020

    I like this video, idk why… but I do

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  • m

    January 12, 2020

    what will they do if they want to have kids? that place is too small for a family.

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  • Ivie Osaghae

    January 12, 2020

    I’d love to see some more sweet digs in other cities.
    Especially Philadelphia and the DMV area

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  • Sophie

    January 12, 2020

    i love each of their aesthetics omg and the maggie rogers poster hehe

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  • The Girl in Apt 201

    January 12, 2020

    I love that yellow chair!

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  • Miss Uno

    January 12, 2020

    wow that's a great price especially with that outdoor space!!

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  • cluelessaddict

    January 12, 2020

    Honestly I feel like that price for NYC is a steal. When I was in college I was paying 600 to share a bedroom in a apartment in my college town. I paid for my own college and was working part time verses them having full time job with a wage kinda adjusted for NYC cost of living.

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  • Niicole4177

    January 12, 2020

    It's looks kinda shabby chic

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  • m buck50

    January 12, 2020

    Great use of space, lovely apartment ladies! Love My Sweet Digs! Always look forward to a new segment 😊😊

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  • sprinklez057

    January 12, 2020

    The deck is huge but the kitchen is so small? And so is the bathroom! That doesn’t sound like a good deal

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  • th3azscorpio

    January 12, 2020

    Such cute spaces! Honestly, he price ain't too bad for what they've managed to bring together, and I mean hey, it's New York.
    I love Cerrias black, white, and green snake blanket, and the moon phases decorative art. Abbeys space is my favorite though.

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  • th3azscorpio

    January 12, 2020

    Also, I love that Refinery29 went back to showing more regular women in this one. Much more relatable. Not rich, privileged chicks spending $7k on rugs.

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  • Ida Danzig

    January 12, 2020

    Finally someone who admits it's too much instead of saying "it's actually really cheap for the area"

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  • Genna Gresham

    January 12, 2020

    NYC isn't THAT expensive, guys. I've paid more in Florida with roommates. The one bathroom part sucks though.

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  • Chelsea Cameron

    January 12, 2020

    Can do a one for Italy 🇮🇹

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  • Mark Anthony Reyes

    January 12, 2020

    I mean, first of all its Brooklyn, not even in the city so the price is really really steep, but crown heights is millennial land, so the gentrification has made rents way higher. I live in Harlem in a 1 bedroom for 1080, so there are way better deals in the city now millennials are leaving for Bk.

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  • Kat Marie

    January 12, 2020

    I love all the plants!! Super cool 8)

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  • Siobhán K.

    January 12, 2020

    Outdoor space, and a dishwasher!!!! Jaysus that is an amazing apartment at that price for NYC!!!!! Thats a rare find.

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  • Anna Sweeney

    January 12, 2020

    I like the use of lace to use as earring display.

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  • helloharlow

    January 12, 2020

    Really lovely gals and such a cute place!

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  • bbygrlpt2

    January 12, 2020

    In Queens 3 bd apts go for almost 3k and theyre much smaller. I think its a pretty good deal and by sharin rent theyre savin a lot👌🏼

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  • JudyCZ

    January 12, 2020

    The lace for earrings is the most genius way of storing jewellery I have ever seen! Wow!

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  • Michele Gardner

    January 12, 2020

    Am I bugging!?! Is it just me or did anyone else feel they were kinda negative throughout the tour? They didn’t have a lot of energy and didn’t seem excited about their space. They also kept emphasizing how small their spaces were, but not in a “welp that’s New York” type of way but a “ I can’t believe I have to put up with this”. They chose to live in NYC, which is the most expensive city in America. they chose to live in that specific apartment. They knew what they were getting into so why are they acting so “put upon” by their circumstances. It was a real turn off.

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  • ptt218

    January 12, 2020

    Why does that one chick have…..a cross section of female reproductive anatomy displayed as art?….😳 @2:59

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  • Argyro Demoirakou

    January 12, 2020

    So sad and lonely life reminds me of an old persons home

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  • Issa Rae's Body Double

    January 12, 2020

    For a two bedroom in Crown Heights with no renovations it is entirely too much but thank God you converted it into a 3 bedroom. I lived in a converted 2 bedroom in crown heights and we paid $1100 in total. I gotta say you ladies are lucky to also have a living room. Most apartments in Crown Heights have dining rooms which i find bizarre.

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  • Hannah Brown cow

    January 12, 2020

    No windows… nope couldn’t do it! Lovely space though they’ve used it well and it’s cool they have outside space. But what a shit view!

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  • Issa Rae's Body Double

    January 12, 2020

    I cannot stand bedrooms without a window. I would only pay $600.

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  • Issa Rae's Body Double

    January 12, 2020

    The girl with the green pants has great taste in shoes

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  • shawnee0718

    January 12, 2020

    That's gentrification for you.

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  • Janine Peralta

    January 12, 2020

    try this in san francisco 😂

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  • Man Hood

    January 12, 2020

    Crown heights rent was $800 for a 3 bedroom in 2000, 20 years later the same apartment rents for $3500. These landlords are out of their mind. If people would just stop moving there and paying these ridiculous prices they might actually drop to a more respectable level.

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  • kaylee

    January 12, 2020

    Do somewhere in sweden pls

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  • Kaya Lee

    January 12, 2020

    Wtf paying that much for that little space is so sad

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  • Addie W

    January 12, 2020

    So don't miss overpriced shitty apartment aspect of living in nyc

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  • gaccer

    January 12, 2020

    Yo that bathroom is smaller than my storage room.

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  • Jamillah Brooks

    January 12, 2020

    I Love this Space!!Everthing is so original and bright..There wasnt anything that i didnt like about this place..EVERYTHING looks so NICE!!

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  • sharethesilence

    January 12, 2020

    Sweet Digs in San Francisco!!

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  • TheYouTubeBoy

    January 12, 2020

    Wow.. I never thought young American’s would be paying $800 a month to share with 3 people and 1 bathroom that seems so crazy to me. There’s no modern features or amenities like a gym or pool. I guess it’s a great city? But it’s not even NYC. I think $650 a month for 3 people each is ideal, and that’s not even including bills! There’s internet, water, electricity and food. How can a young person in the US work and save for a house with these expenses?

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  • PrincessMaggot

    January 12, 2020

    Who the fuck could afford a place like this to begin with?! It’s so tiny too. What tf job would someone have to pay to afford a place like this I wonder, there’s literally no way someone could survive without having roommates. Ridiculous af

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  • Sascha

    January 12, 2020

    would love this in countries outside the US as well!!

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  • Homesick ET.

    January 12, 2020

    I want that candle!!!! I must have it!

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  • Mariana Cruz

    January 12, 2020

    I live in London I can relate this so much. Small spaces, expensive prices.

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  • inroom108

    January 12, 2020

    I live in San Diego and thats a great price for rent. Small rooms but totally doable! I love this

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  • The Helpful Assistant

    January 12, 2020

    I think adding another bedroom is super creative. The lamp in the living room with the flowers on the base is great! I also like how you both display your earrings. The deck is amazing!! Maybe you can grow a salad garden. Having a roommate that bakes is a treat!!! I'm sure everyone benefits from that and doesn't mind that you need a bit of extra space for your baking wares. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

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  • disinterested_handjob👑

    January 12, 2020

    Tuh, it used to be multicultural 😒

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  • Suriya Shogren

    January 12, 2020

    Hey das me! Thanks for stopping by, Refinery. (Also you can follow us on IG at @suriya.jpg and @abby.soule) <3

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  • anastasia brown

    January 12, 2020

    I pay the same as these ladies in an actual 3bdroom in Bushwick and they have a larger space than I do so it is all perspective

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  • It's Tabaitha

    January 12, 2020

    Honestly I love it! It always amazes me how people decorate with random things but it looks so nice. $2500 isn’t bad at all for that space IN New York at that. They’re splitting the rent so I know they’re saving a lot each month. I’m stealing the lace earring storage idea too lol 💛

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  • YO LIN

    January 12, 2020

    My grandpa own a house and he rents some the first and third floor and the price is getting higher. Not his fault. Just the government. 😡

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  • ava2hot19

    January 12, 2020

    Y’all are getting jerked with that place

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  • Maryse Dbd

    January 12, 2020

    I really do not enjoy the vibe of this one at all.

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  • Nora Hunt

    January 13, 2020

    They really make this space work and their friendship seems strong and sweet. ☺️

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  • stephanie waring

    January 13, 2020

    NYC is a whole scam

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  • Woman Inread

    January 13, 2020

    I really liked this episode. It’s more of the vibe of this series that I liked when it first started.

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  • Bridgett Leigh

    January 13, 2020

    Jeepers I pay $650/mo for a 2 bedroom, garage, 2 porch apt. Love WI!

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  • Alex DeLeon

    January 13, 2020

    Each sentence sounds like a question. Like they are not very confident in what they're saying.

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  • Emily Geraghty

    January 13, 2020

    Super cute apartment, great deal!

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  • Stef Franco

    January 13, 2020

    My favorite type of episodes

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  • Dezh22

    January 13, 2020

    There’s a lot more that goes into rent than just the size of the bathroom or bedroom. There’s the location of the building, the security, if there’s an elevator, laundry in the basement, bike storage, a gym, etc. This is a really good deal for the space. I’d be interested to know the features of the building.

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  • James AHAYAH HAS REDEEMED.

    January 13, 2020

    Our captivity is ending AHAYAH has redeemed Jacob

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  • celest simmons

    January 13, 2020

    They're paying a house mortgage….Nah, I'll pass. That's not smart or fair. Just get a house.

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  • Courtney Ohnstad

    January 13, 2020

    They must live in a bad area. I shared a (crappy) 1 bedroom with 2 other girls and we all paid $800 each. This was LA, and it tends to be a bit cheaper than NY city. Crazy.

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  • Claire

    January 13, 2020

    it’s actually a really great apartment and an amazing price for a real bathroom sink, dishwasher, garbage disposal, huge living room windows AND a deck…..

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  • tiffany joy tan

    January 13, 2020

    i love that you used lace as an earring holder! def gonna use that idea

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  • Anna R

    January 13, 2020

    For people wanting to live in nyc: there are affordable places you just need to know where to search! I’m born and raised in nyc and currently reside in queens in a 1,800 3 bedroom apartment with kitchen bathroom and living room. It’s in the safest place in queens and 30 minutes from the city. If you move here don’t go straight to the most common places. Do research, prioritize safety within an area first, then cost, transportation and proximity to the city. Good luck!

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  • Bina Turtle

    January 13, 2020

    The picture on the vanity in the small bedroom!!!! 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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  • Carolina Cristallo

    January 13, 2020

    If ya'll think this is a scam, try to look at the prices in the Netherlands, such as in Rotterdam or Amsterdam. THOSE are real scams. I pay 575 euros – almost 700 dollars – for a normal room, shared bathroom and toilet, smallest kitchen ever with no table and that's it.

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  • Holly J Baptiste

    January 13, 2020

    Beautiful apartment. Love the pops of color, especially that yellow chair in the living room!

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  • Omi Dreamer

    January 13, 2020

    That's about right for a 3 bedroom in NYC.

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  • sayiddah bey

    January 13, 2020

    cute

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  • Sultaness Alja-Iz

    January 13, 2020

    These girls were so relatable and cool. Sometimes the people on this would be pretentious.

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  • Dina Vargas

    January 13, 2020

    New York is ridiculously expensive

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  • carnival30

    January 13, 2020

    I’m a New Yorker and one thing I’ve noticed watching other New Yorkers is we will focus in on one good thing in our crappy apartments and ride that one good thing all the way to denial-vile.

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  • Abby Petroshus

    January 13, 2020

    Hi another Abby here !! I have the same candle !!

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  • Jo Yu

    January 13, 2020

    that matching uniqlo puffer look tho.

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  • carnival30

    January 13, 2020

    It’s ridiculous how many people here are saying this price is a steal because “it’s in New York.” You all must be from the Midwest or elsewhere. I live in their neighborhood. It is a bad neighborhood and it’s dangerous. The cops have vans parked everywhere with cameras to try to keep down the crime. Recently a man got shot over a fight in broad daylight in the street. These landlords see if these out of town people who don’t have a clue about the price of New York and hike up the rent. And don’t come for me asking “how do I know they’re out of towners?” I’m a New Yorker. We can spot you guys from a mile away.

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  • felisha209

    January 13, 2020

    “Hey it’s NY” = I have no analysis of what it will take to reform rent in a large scale way

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  • Willa

    January 13, 2020

    i love that their apartment is eclectic and their items were collected over time! theres no mistaking truly personal (and functional, denoting use) decorating style 🙂

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  • Deborah Weiner

    January 13, 2020

    AWESOME episode!

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  • Oksana Sirju

    January 13, 2020

    this place seems like a steal!

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  • Christyn R

    January 13, 2020

    Really enjoyed watching these two down to earth girls, could definitely see myself hanging out with them!

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  • Paige Kay

    January 13, 2020

    As a born and raised NYer…this apartment is a horrible "deal". It's sad to see how gentrified Crown Heights is now, and this apartment price is a rip off for what is not even a real 3 bed, in an older building that doesn't look very well maintained. Couldn't be me!

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  • Jess Cuz

    January 13, 2020

    Awesome! floor plan clips are too short though, I had to rewind and pause

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  • Qiana Butler

    January 14, 2020

    These girls were so sweet! I loved getting to see their space and that deck is definitely a huge selling point!

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  • Prettybut Sassy

    January 14, 2020

    YALL COULF OF GOTTEN A WAYYYY BETTER LOOKING APARTMENT FOR THAT PRICE

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  • cevrim

    January 14, 2020

    people live really sad lives in new york, pretending to be living the dream.

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  • Fern Fernis Fernie

    January 14, 2020

    I'm sorry but I'm gonna have to unsubscribe. Your content is getting so bland with the same dirty hipsters, in the same highwaisted jeans, the same houseplants, the same everything JFC what is there to find inspiring when every snob you choose to showcase is the same person? Boring.

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  • ladylibra858

    January 14, 2020

    I live in Long Island and plan on moving soon and this nyc ish ain’t it bruh.

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  • Olivia Mayo

    January 14, 2020

    When I see "NYC" I think New York City as in Manhattan. Crown Heights isn't in the CITY necessarily… :/

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  • Tasia Noneya

    January 14, 2020

    So crazy that those are the prices in Brooklyn…Manhattan I could understand but Brooklyn those ppl need their housing prices protected

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  • Sarah bearah

    January 14, 2020

    I like this place…. but as a minimalist it’s hard to watch these shows. Love those wall shelves!

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  • Rosa Antonucci

    January 14, 2020

    Lovely girls and house

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