What $4,800 Will Get You In NYC | Sweet Digs Home Tour | Refinery29

  • Published on Nov 12, 2017
  • On this episode of Sweet Digs, we tour Social Media Editor, Ally Hickson's three bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Ally walks us through her place, showing us what $4,800 a month can get you in NYC. Press play to see how this R29er lives!
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  • Peppermint Green Tea From Trader Joes

    You should put a bookshelf in the nook! It's such a waste of space. A bookshelf could be great.

  • Fatimah X
    Fatimah X 21 hour ago

    Omg she’s super cute...and it seems like she’s living her best young single girl life...it’s like sex and the city of the girls all lived in the same apartment...but seriously she seems to have her head on straight all the roommates are neat so cleanliness isn’t a problem...personally I like Jess’ room the best...but this girls personality is stellar

  • Jerri -.
    Jerri -. Day ago

    You pay 1500$ for one room that’s what my mom pays for the whole house in Alaska it’s 2 bed 1 bath we have a chandelier a fireplace and all the appliances where new when we moved here the only thing not included was a washer and dryer we also have a backyard

  • Jerri -.
    Jerri -. Day ago

    That rent is yikes

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda Day ago

  • Veeta Gee
    Veeta Gee Day ago

    You should do a what will $4800 get you in Alabama 🙃

  • Kelly Palmer
    Kelly Palmer 3 days ago

    You could totally build shelving in that nook for storage space!!!

  • Viola Lewis
    Viola Lewis 3 days ago

    Move to Texas ,for 4800.00 a month you could live in a 3000 square foot house.

  • elena 240
    elena 240 4 days ago

    You should put floating shelves in your nook,,but high so you can still sit in it

  • Edith Zurita
    Edith Zurita 7 days ago

    I know i love my couch too.

  • Yea bold
    Yea bold 8 days ago

    I pay 295euro for a 16 qm room ina 57qm Apartment. Balcony and Garden included. Lol in Hamburg Nord. Hi from Hamburg Germany

  • Z Z.
    Z Z. 10 days ago

    What is an average salary after tax in NYC for a food delivery man for example or someone working in a restaurant?And same question for someone working a normal job in an office?

  • hausofroxx
    hausofroxx 10 days ago

    That is a 💩hole for 4.8K idgaf about the neighborhood! No neighborhood is worth paying that much for an apt and it isn't even a whole house with a backyard and your own garage etc. Long Island is expensive but it isn't that bad!

  • Asp
    Asp 10 days ago

    Rent is fucking ridiculous, sometimes. I live in west Brooklyn, near the pier, and my parents' rent is around this, yet my apartment looks significantly worse. Maybe because we are old fashioned and it is a tenement. 😭

  • WOWCruiser
    WOWCruiser 10 days ago

    You're black and wanna live in Lincoln Center... You should've live in center Harlem to support your people!!! 🤬🤬🤬

  • Roger Winters
    Roger Winters 12 days ago

    It is not worth it, get a smaller one and save your money.

  • SH0dah
    SH0dah 12 days ago

    I feel that she's a nightmare to live with

  • PHlyestofNerds
    PHlyestofNerds 12 days ago

    The cost of living is high everywhere the jobs and people are located. That's just facts. And you renters in the comments know you have to have a down payment to buy a house and get this fabulous mortgage yall love right? Get what you'll be doing in the meantime while you save? Renting.

  • Cosmic kitty
    Cosmic kitty 14 days ago

    $800 for a couch is expensive but $4,800 a month rent for a two bed apartment is reasonable?? That makes no sense at all. I really do love the apartment thought very thoughtfully decorated. TV stand was weird but other than that very feminine, pretty and relaxing. Love the color scheme and choice of throw pillows.

  • kay Jack
    kay Jack 15 days ago

    Cute apartment. Everyone rushes to live in Manhatten but you get a better deal (and more space)in the outer burroughs.

  • lipstickngore
    lipstickngore 15 days ago +1

    Girl yes! You've got mail is one of my favorite movies!!

  • Shoshonna Doty
    Shoshonna Doty 24 days ago

    You could add shelves in the nook for more 👠 & 📚

  • Joel Ioppolo
    Joel Ioppolo Month ago +1

    Is this in American money

    • Joel Ioppolo
      Joel Ioppolo Month ago

      Refinery29 cheers I will subscribe to you 🤙🏽🖖🏻😀

    • Refinery29
      Refinery29  Month ago +1

      +joelioppolo Yes!

  • Sy Muwah
    Sy Muwah Month ago

    For 1500 a month she could live in the nicest area in Indianapolis or fishers Indiana with two bedrooms and washer, dryer with a bathroom tub included in her master suite ! Sheesh

  • R zi
    R zi Month ago

    Now I know to stay in my country, I live in a similar place as her and pay 900 dollars a month. Never doing THAT american dream.

  • nvm nvm
    nvm nvm Month ago

    She’s so freaking cute

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  • Lady Macbeth
    Lady Macbeth Month ago

    I stayed on the Upper West Side when I visited NY - the best area to live. Loved it.

  • love you
    love you Month ago

    i love the bluest eye omg

  • Jemma Webb
    Jemma Webb Month ago

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but i think 4.800$ is for the whole apartment where the lady on video lives with other 2 roommates. So it would be 1.600 per person which makes sense considering NYC prices.

  • prince bow22
    prince bow22 Month ago

    my rent is 100 for 5 bed romm houes darnet spelled that wrong but i liv in nyc to

  • Ben To
    Ben To Month ago

    It’s super cute , but where I live u can get a big house for that . ❤️

  • ratata
    ratata Month ago

    Very less space.. lets fill it with expensive wasteful things like a typewriter and a nook that's useless

  • Britt Hass
    Britt Hass Month ago

    i have the same couch!!!! not that any one cares.... i just found that cool! the couch is really comfy :)

  • Claudia  Orgill
    Claudia Orgill Month ago

    Stuck up

  • Alice Alice
    Alice Alice Month ago

    I have the lamp thats in the living room

  • 'WOKEN' Matt Hardy
    'WOKEN' Matt Hardy Month ago

    I live in a 2br 2bath apartment with my family in Cambridge MA for $3200..

  • TheSolaenergy
    TheSolaenergy 2 months ago +1

    Rent is higher in New York because there are more career opportunities. I lived in New York for 20 years and made the mistake of moving to Ohio. My husband and I rented a 3 bedroom 2 bath house for $500 a month. Despite both of us having graduate degrees, jobs were non-existent and when we did find jobs, it was close to minimum wage. We moved back to New York City two years ago and pay $2500 a month in rent but guess what, we had so many career opportunities that we are doing better financially in New York than we ever did in Ohio. In addition to saving for retirement and investing, we actually have money to go on vacations now!! The best part is that plane tickets are cheaper flying out of New York as opposed to Ohio. I refuse to live anywhere else. So much to do in New York, so much cultural diverse and the best part, New York is progressive. I would rather live in my apartment in New York than go back to the three bedroom two bath house in Ohio with limited opportunities, little to no cultural diversity and no money to go vacation. To New Yorkers who are thinking of moving of out of state for better living expenses, Don’t!!! You will be back when you realize that NYC offers what other States don’t . It would explain why New Yorkers leave and come back. I met two lawyers who had moved to Ohio right around the time I moved for cheaper living expenses. They lasted 6 months and headed back to NYC. New York City is one of the best cities in the world for a reason. I ❤️🗽

  • Woof Olliesmydog
    Woof Olliesmydog 2 months ago +1

    You are allowed to paint the walls and hang shelves and take closet doors off in NYC? Wow, in the UK, you can't hang a pictire without askeing the landlord for permission!

    • Rhea Gupta
      Rhea Gupta 5 days ago

      Even in India, the landlord will cut your deposit!

  • Pao Sabrina Correa
    Pao Sabrina Correa 2 months ago

    $4,800 in NY will get you an apartment, and a higher chance to have bed bugs, yikes. Lovely city though, guess it’s worth it.

  • bbygrlpt2
    bbygrlpt2 2 months ago

    Im glad my parents got an appartment here in NYC... I get to rent out one of the rooms and pay less than half the rent with that. Living in NYC is not a joke you guys!!

  • Ryzbro
    Ryzbro 2 months ago

    Beyond waste of money to live in such a shit city

  • Chuckle Honeybear
    Chuckle Honeybear 2 months ago +1

    Same. I live in Hong kong, and rent is a fucking nightmare 🙄🙄

  • TheFestiveBAMF
    TheFestiveBAMF 2 months ago

    I feel like you would be really good friends with Mindy Kaling. (for me that is the highest of compliments one can recieve)

  • Derek Johansen TiDom
    Derek Johansen TiDom 2 months ago

    $4,800 in NYC gets you exactly what $900 everywhere else gets you...and $4,800 everywhere else gets you the mortgage payments on a fucking mansion...raise you glass in a toast to stupid people who think they aren't stupid!

  • Derek Johansen TiDom
    Derek Johansen TiDom 2 months ago

    Did you just tell me to take off my shoes?? Pshhh...unsubscribed!

  • Bonnie Mullins
    Bonnie Mullins 2 months ago

    I pay $1040 a month for my two bedroom unit I love it. I don't mind paying extra 😉👍😘
    I love Ur apartment it's gorgeous!

  • DongHyun Lee
    DongHyun Lee 2 months ago

    how do you decide what the room is worth?

  • Marcos T. Fermin
    Marcos T. Fermin 2 months ago

    Girl, I have have the same thing for $600 uptown

  • calaragazza
    calaragazza 2 months ago

    I would NEVER pay that much to live with roommates.

  • Marie Schell
    Marie Schell 2 months ago

    Generally it would be interesting to find out how much people actually earn after taxes to be able to afford a sweet digs in NYC. Maybe refinery29 could provide anonymized information? I’m just really curious as the rents are pretty darn high

    • Marie Schell
      Marie Schell 2 months ago

      Refinery29 👍 thanks a lot. Now my evening‘s saved 😏

    • Refinery29
      Refinery29  2 months ago +1

      +marieschell We have a series like that called Money Diaries here: www.refinery29.com/search?q=money+diaries

  • duane howard
    duane howard 2 months ago

    Just clean your damn floors geez

  • Judy Ehrle
    Judy Ehrle 2 months ago

    Very nice and I like your haircut

  • a. j.
    a. j. 2 months ago

    how did you pay $800 for that couch? i paid $499 for a dark gray version of the same couch.

  • Lauren Lucas
    Lauren Lucas 2 months ago

    I’m in Australia so I don’t know much about New York real estate but $4800 divided between three people is $400 a week and I think that’s a pretty good price to live in New York. It’s about the same price as a 2 bredroom apartment in Brisbane City, Queensland

  • Alex Hood
    Alex Hood 2 months ago +2

    she was my favorite host out of all these in the series by far.

  • Tanya Karazan
    Tanya Karazan 2 months ago +1

    She thinks 40 pairs of shoes is a lot? 😂😂. She’s cute

  • Grace Godat
    Grace Godat 2 months ago

    YOU SHOULD DO A SERIES IN SF! I have a studio in Sunset and love this series 💕

    • Refinery29
      Refinery29  2 months ago

      +gracegodat We are working on expanding!!

  • dylan meggs
    dylan meggs 3 months ago

    4800 a month that's fucking retarted. Downtown apartment where I love 2 mins from.downtown big parks clubs everything. Is like 1700 for a 2 bedroom 2 floor apartment

  • Carmen Dee
    Carmen Dee 3 months ago

    I miss NYC so much. I’m originally from LES.

  • Rowland Aloriba
    Rowland Aloriba 3 months ago

    Do you have to live in New York? Stop making someone else rich and own your own property even if it mean moving to a different state like maybe Texas where can buy your own house.

  • Levi Short
    Levi Short 3 months ago

    Ha. Ha. Love her personality!! And OMG!!! Toni Morrison

  • Andrea Seabra
    Andrea Seabra 3 months ago

    Omg I love her... her personality is the best .. let’s be friends ? 😭😭😭

  • NYCzora
    NYCzora 3 months ago

    Paying $1600/mo to live with 2 roommates is STUPIDITY! Even if it is NYC! There are neighborhoods in Manhattan (yes, Manhattan!) where you can at least live by yourself in a studio or 1 bedroom for $1600/mo. But you have to be savvy and know where to look. These people who come from elsewhere to live in Manhattan and pay astronomical prices because they don't have common sense are really fucking up the free market in NYC.

  • Mesha
    Mesha 3 months ago

    You could build out the weird nook with a desk, vanity or bookshelf. You could also frame it up with doors for a cabinet or closet.

  • Jade Lynzey Skinner
    Jade Lynzey Skinner 3 months ago

    Mindy kailing vibes

  • Elaine Lat
    Elaine Lat 3 months ago

    Currently, $4800 is equal to P249585.60 (Philippine peso). This is what I would make for a year if I have one or two jobs with salaries paid by US/CAD/AU online employers.

  • Ams
    Ams 3 months ago

    ...and i cry every month for my 1100€ apartment next to Paris! ahahahahaha

  • mari ja
    mari ja 3 months ago

    oh my god where I live you could get four or five flats like this for that much rent

  • MoonLoveStar120
    MoonLoveStar120 3 months ago

    288,000.. sheesh that’s a whole mansion in the south lmao

  • The Emma
    The Emma 3 months ago

    your roommates are ANGELS for actually keeping the common areas organized and clean !!!!

  • EmailNoLonger InUse
    EmailNoLonger InUse 3 months ago

    I love her personality so much

  • Sister4 life
    Sister4 life 3 months ago

    i live in queens which is cheaper and i have a four bedroom house for 4000 with a drive way

  • Richard Jones
    Richard Jones 3 months ago

    How much do people earn in New York? Nearly $5000 a month? ....

  • ska daddle
    ska daddle 3 months ago

    I love her

  • Marc Miller
    Marc Miller 3 months ago

    To cute, nice personality & style.
    Am in central FL, so for me, $4,800 monthly
    payment would have to be for something I will
    eventually own. Yes, i know NYC is a whole other
    lifestyle ...

  • Ashley Chun
    Ashley Chun 3 months ago +1

    If she can afford it and she enjoys it, it doesn’t matter if you think her rent is too high! She’s thriving and living in a high demand area with a decent amount of space for NYC

  • Malgosia Kaczmarska
    Malgosia Kaczmarska 4 months ago

    She's hilarious - love that girl ❤️😂

  • Light Surfer
    Light Surfer 4 months ago

    Move to Florida and be happy instead of paying 4800 in rent.

  • Light Surfer
    Light Surfer 4 months ago

    Paying $4800 in rent=super idiot or idiots

  • Light Surfer
    Light Surfer 4 months ago

    You r fucking out of you mind!

  • Light Surfer
    Light Surfer 4 months ago

    agree why live in a city, where
    Rent is to high
    People have the French syndrome(full of shit)
    Rats everywhere
    Garbage everywhere
    Parking issues
    Ghetto s everywhere
    Gangs everywhere
    Streets are full of holes
    The city taxes
    Worldwide capital of gold diggers
    Wordwide capital of rudeness
    But I love the YANKEES

  • Krittie In the City
    Krittie In the City 4 months ago

    Beautiful apartment

  • Brian S
    Brian S 4 months ago

    You have a great and fun personality! Fun tour - thanks!

  • ada elinor
    ada elinor 4 months ago

    is her roommate’s name ada? that’s my name, i only know one person with that name besides me

    • Ada Wu
      Ada Wu 4 months ago +1

      ada elinor that's my name as well, high five!

  • MrSafetyForever
    MrSafetyForever 4 months ago

    You are so graceful indeed! Take Care

  • TeenaNikole
    TeenaNikole 4 months ago

    ...and people say Toronto is overpriced. Over here you can rent a very luxurious waterfront Condo penthouse for $4800/month. Normal 2 bedrm condos in downtown core costs around $2800/month, not even close to being as ridiculous as NYC.

  • Hoodie Ee
    Hoodie Ee 4 months ago

    That rent price should be illegal...

  • Lovisa Lindberg
    Lovisa Lindberg 4 months ago

    Me and my boyfriend pay about 250 $ each every month and we have a pretty decent sized apartment for two people.. Yay for smaller cities!

  • mingbroadway
    mingbroadway 4 months ago

    Cool but you also don't want to live with roommates forever.

  • Jose Gonzalez
    Jose Gonzalez 4 months ago

    This a nice apartment for New York but way too expensive. With the kind of money a month I would be able to afford a mansion in central California with neighbors miles away from me, only 3 hour drive to Los Angeles and 3 and half hours from San Francisco.

  • Johnathan Ayala
    Johnathan Ayala 4 months ago

    Wow that's crazy high. I own a house and I have 6 bedrooms, 2 full bathroom, large driveway, front and back yard, 2 living rooms, and my mortgage is only $700 a month. I am sorry but to me is a total ripoff.

  • P Pravet
    P Pravet 4 months ago

    hey, in that nook space you can make shelves exactly the same size as the nook flush with the wall,,it will look like a built in shelving unit and you'll gain so much more space.Cheers

  • Cynthia Young
    Cynthia Young 4 months ago

    You can put shelves in that nook to put shoes or books in.

  • babylorvbeats
    babylorvbeats 4 months ago

    You have a nice voice. You will be the perfect baby mama to me.

  • Dara Udom
    Dara Udom 4 months ago

    My ma makes 4800 a month

  • Adnan A
    Adnan A 4 months ago

    That cost of living tho

  • Kenya Dillett-Estrada
    Kenya Dillett-Estrada 4 months ago

    $4 Thousand And Change And U Dnt Hav A Tub😱!

  • gatorred789
    gatorred789 4 months ago +1

    She's kind of snotty

  • McKenzie Uzumaki
    McKenzie Uzumaki 4 months ago +1

    Lmao at all the people in the comments saying the rent is too damn high. We know. You’re literally just paying for the location. Brooklyn isn’t any better