In New York City, you'd need a salary of $123,322 to have the same standard of living as someone who made $50,000 in Houston.
And the average monthly rent in New York City is $2,801. The second most expensive city in the country is San Francisco, but rents there are 53% lower on average.
A while back, we posted a list of Things About New York City to Be Miserable About on Jewcy.com. Given the recent spate of frigid weather, and the fact that Valentine's Day is coming up (okay, that's miserable everywhere, but in NYC it's miserable and expensive - Valentine's Day bouquets at Takashimaya are priced from $150-$500) we thought it'd be a great time to repost the list here.
So, for the New Yorkers among us (and for the non-New Yorkers who want to indulge in a little schadenfreude at the expense of the New Yorkers among us):
- Gum on subway seats
- Vomit on subway seats
- That adorable boutique down the block where you can't afford anything
- Views of airshafts
- Windows with bars on them
- Getting your heels stuck in subway gratings
- Trying to find somewhere to use the bathroom
- Finding somewhere to use the bathroom, and then seeing four mice in the food preparation area as you walk by it on your way to the bathroom (this happened to me in a deli in the Village last week)
- Tourists who stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures in Times Square
- This Craigslist post
- Paying $11.25 for a movie
- Wall Street
- People who walk slowly in the subway station when you're running for a train
- Ambulances outside your window
- Overpriced greasy diners
- Subway musicians that make you contemplate offering them money to STOP playing
- Apartments with thin walls
- The fact that anything cool you might discover has already been discovered by hundreds of cooler people (who probably live in Williamsburg and get checks each month from their parents in order to pay for their black designer skinny jeans)