Make It Marathon looks inside three New York City apartments renting for $1,300 to $5,150 per month.

Elena Taber, 23, lives with two roommates in a 3-bedroom apartment in New York City’s East Village. Together they pay $5,150 a month in rent. Elena works as a full-time YouTuber and pays $1,850 for her room. She moved into the apartment in February 2019.

Nikki Lee, 26, lives with her husband Dyllan in a 1-bedroom apartment in New York City’s Gramercy Park. Together they pay $3,800 a month in rent. Nikki works as a data scientist at Spotify and Dyllan is a lawyer.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nikki was used to her two architect parents pointing out design details in homes and buildings in their neighborhood. That appreciation for design was a blessing and curse when it was time for Lee to look for her own place in New York City with Dyllan. She wanted a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a building, a preference she admits is “weirdly specific.”

Hattie Kolp, 29, lives in a 2-bedroom rent-stabilized apartment in New York City’s Upper West Side. Hattie has been living in this apartment since age 10. She is a special education teacher and part-time interior designer and Instagram blogger.

When she and her parents moved into the 1,500-square-foot two-bedroom apartment in 2002, they paid a little less than $1,000 a month. Thanks to rent stabilization laws that limit the amount that the landlord can increase the rent and that entitle tenants to get to renew their lease each year, Hattie took over the lease after her parents retired in 2018. Today, her rent is $1,300 a month.

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00:00 – Intro
00:39 – Living In A $5,150/Month Apartment In NYC (Published October 2020)
08:49 – Living In A $3,800/Month Apartment In NYC (Published November 2020)
17:38 – Living In A Rent-Stabilized 2-Bedroom Apartment In NYC (Published March 2021)

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Inside NYC Apartments Renting For Up To $5K/Month | Marathon