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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  • Atlason
    Atlason 2 hours ago

    lol my style is minimalist.... not

  • Leonie bzw Ich
    Leonie bzw Ich 12 hours ago

    I pay 380 € for like the same space 😂

  • Madelyne Shockley

    I live in West Palm Beach, FL and my husband and I pay $915 for 1 bedroom apartment and we think its a lot. Imagine living in New York 🤨

  • Quick-Sword Ilena
    Quick-Sword Ilena 2 days ago

    Holy fuck tht landlord must be loaded this is just robbery. Where im from this would probably cost $1000

  • T694 R/T
    T694 R/T 8 days ago

    No way I'd pay that especially in NY rip off

  • Gerryo
    Gerryo 13 days ago

    I live in NYC and don't understand why folks pay 1500 or 1600 and have roommates. You can live in Brooklyn or Queens and have your own place in a nice neighborhood. This fascination with saying I live in Manhattan is crazy. Plus you have to share a bathroom no I don't think so.

  • seth perdue
    seth perdue 16 days ago

    That woman is so obnoxious and annoying. Not cute like she keeps trying to be.

  • TheColby3
    TheColby3 19 days ago

    I would marry her.

  • Kelly Villanueva
    Kelly Villanueva 19 days ago

    Sis could be saving a whole lotta money if she lived in queens

  • Nikki Nicole
    Nikki Nicole 24 days ago

    You can get an entire apartment in NJ .

  • Natalia Choung
    Natalia Choung 26 days ago

    When I saw The Diana lomography camera I smile. I have and use it too.

  • Roses Rising
    Roses Rising Month ago +1

    I would never wanna live in NYC unless I was rich because everything is so expensive and the rent is so much there....

  • Syeda Tashin
    Syeda Tashin Month ago

    Ross is shook by that couch

  • Liv life
    Liv life Month ago

    Oh heck no

  • Tsar Pushkin
    Tsar Pushkin Month ago


  • Tsar Pushkin
    Tsar Pushkin Month ago

    I live near Moscow in Russia i pay $500/ Month and i thought its expensive

  • Tsar Pushkin
    Tsar Pushkin Month ago

    American women don't cook.. then they question people who travel to Eastern Europe to find a bride to marry

  • Fresco Stevens
    Fresco Stevens Month ago

    So this was basically just MTV Cribs for a random girl in a random NYC apartment lol😂

  • Matt Kramer
    Matt Kramer Month ago

    Invest in NYC real estate cause these people will pay whatever you ask for a shithole in a good location.

  • Matt Kramer
    Matt Kramer Month ago

    This chick is mad annoying

  • Ticia o
    Ticia o Month ago

    Yes you’ve got mail.

  • Cree Lynn
    Cree Lynn Month ago

    That kitchen completely clashes with the rest of the apartment.

  • Pink Bobby Jenkins
    Pink Bobby Jenkins Month ago

    Ta Nehisi Coats! Right on

  • Sharing Lungs
    Sharing Lungs Month ago

    At some point you’re too old to have room mates.

  • Quin McMullen
    Quin McMullen Month ago

    That rent is ridiculous!! For that amount you can buy a large house in MD!

  • Dayana Garcia
    Dayana Garcia 2 months ago

    Omg that’s a lot of money in rent

  • ekrupa2010
    ekrupa2010 2 months ago

    No disrespect intended at all, but I used to watch sex and the city and marvel at the shoes....how do you wear such expensive shoes when just walking around the city results in your feet being covered in filth?

  • Jeisen-Simone Tucker
    Jeisen-Simone Tucker 2 months ago

    I'm so confused because you can definitely find a 1bd for rent in NYC for $1600-$1800, probably cheaper than that if you just look. Why would you pay that much to still live with roommates in those tiny bedrooms?

  • Taylor Brown
    Taylor Brown 2 months ago

    Every single person they interview on Sweet Digs has the best personality!!! They are all ladies I'd hang out with

  • K Noelle
    K Noelle 2 months ago

    $4,800 doesn’t seem too high for such a big apartment in such a great area! Omg I want to move to NYC.

  • Hashem Hashem
    Hashem Hashem 2 months ago

    I lol’ed when she said she hated the shower door sound.

  • Kuro Neko
    Kuro Neko 2 months ago

    She is really adorable! Why are so many people triggered about how much rent a STRANGER pays? You wouldn't pay it, ok, fine - I wouldn't either but it's not about me and I don't care how much rent she pays! I think certain of you are just mad because she can afford to pay 1600 a month. The Upper West Side in NYC is no joke and apartments there are very much sought after.

  • Maura Kay
    Maura Kay 2 months ago

    It’s so annoying on all these how people do not understand this is NYC!! Is expensive! People want to live in the city! And paying that much is part of it!

  • Salsberi K
    Salsberi K 2 months ago

    Are you able to save any money? Or is it gone? I don’t want to know exacts ...just curious.

  • Yougirl Kperry
    Yougirl Kperry 2 months ago

    Its high i agree with you

  • nikolsan15
    nikolsan15 2 months ago

    My dad used to complain about paying 750 for 2 a bedroom apartment in Florida 😐 my mom paid 650 for a room in a house that we shared in the Bronx. Safe to say I didn’t care much for my fathers complaints.

  • T Michael
    T Michael 2 months ago

    Everybody on here says the same exact things about their apartments 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • Kasha Brown
    Kasha Brown 2 months ago

    $4800 a month? Girl bye. You lying. I refuse to believe that.

  • repairdrive
    repairdrive 2 months ago

    The shit we were willing to put up with when we were Young, not married and had no kids.

  • Erin Klein Dillard
    Erin Klein Dillard 2 months ago

    I really liked her! She seemed so nice!

  • Anthony Turner
    Anthony Turner 2 months ago +1

    3:05 I have the same pillow!!!!!

  • LaReginaPatrizia
    LaReginaPatrizia 2 months ago

    Beautiful apartment.

  • Yunna Yunna
    Yunna Yunna 2 months ago

    They could have giving you all marvel floors🤦🏽‍♀️ “get out”

  • Yunita Rizki
    Yunita Rizki 2 months ago

    I like Jess' room ^^

  • Darth Orphan
    Darth Orphan 2 months ago +1

    She is fine af!.......can u get me her number!

  • Isabella Bettoni
    Isabella Bettoni 2 months ago

    How can you pay so much money for an apartment ?

  • Felton Mitchell
    Felton Mitchell 2 months ago

    I stay in a 2 bed 2 bath loft in a trendy area with a den that could be used as bedroom plus garage and swimming pool, gym washer and dryer for 2 dollars more than you pay in atlanta there are also plenty of jobs here as well.

    CPR4THEBODY 2 months ago

    OMG THE PRICE IS EXTREMELY HIGH!! IVE SEEN OTHER HOMES IN NYC AND THEY PAY WAY LESS AND HAVE MORE SPACE. Wow I would never pay that amount. I guess u made it work!🤔

  • Madd Scientist
    Madd Scientist 2 months ago

    4th fl walkup in pre-war, 2 bed, living room, full size eat-in kitchen w/ full size stove & fridge , high ceilings loaded w/ light, great view!! near Prospect Park & Grand Army Plaza, subway 1 block 5 lines...$1500/ Brooklyn baby!!! B-R-O-O-K-L-Y-N .....the "2BR" rocks.and NO ROOM MATES

  • Sarah N
    Sarah N 2 months ago

    Do Atlanta 😩😩😩

  • LeopardLover LeopardLover

    I hate her voice

  • sandycarestoo
    sandycarestoo 3 months ago

    why do people feel the need to brag about the price of their apartments in their cities in the comments? watch the video and go

  • Spunkymunky
    Spunkymunky 3 months ago

    An awesome apartment...and I'm impressed that it's kept so neat!

  • Stuart Turner
    Stuart Turner 3 months ago

    OCD, seriously...

  • chronicfish
    chronicfish 3 months ago

    *That's just ridiculous and such a waste of money*

  • Daniella Hernandez
    Daniella Hernandez 3 months ago

    Two roommates 😑😣

  • Katie B.
    Katie B. 3 months ago

    The pink radiator 😍😍😍

  • Katie B.
    Katie B. 3 months ago

    She's so cute, lol.

  • Moni Love
    Moni Love 3 months ago

    That is way too high indeed. $4800 a month should go for a 5 bedroom house that you own. I would never rent an apartment over $1000 a month now. New York is out of control with the cost of living.

  • neiko barron
    neiko barron 3 months ago

    I could comment on house much cheaper I pay for a full rehab home but I'm not .... I'm just gonna say how fine this woman is 😍😍

  • Michael Christopher
    Michael Christopher 3 months ago

    Beautiful girl 😍

  • Eric Morreo
    Eric Morreo 3 months ago

    Why does she talk like that

  • ryvr madduck
    ryvr madduck 3 months ago

    Was that a black vibrator collection?

  • MyriadOfCrys !
    MyriadOfCrys ! 3 months ago

    I love her lol

  • 2 Lit
    2 Lit 3 months ago

    $4800 a month? Sheesh. $4800 a month mortgage will get you a fucking massive house in Dallas TX.

  • Brianna Nila
    Brianna Nila 3 months ago +1

    People think that’s expensive oh god u haven’t seen the worst of it

  • YaShanda Skinner
    YaShanda Skinner 3 months ago

    I have a 2 bed 2 bathroom apartment with walk in closet a washer and dryer and walk in closets. Plus central air and heat, and I pay way less.

  • Geoffrey Selvage
    Geoffrey Selvage 3 months ago

    Four times my mortgage.... Yikes!

  • Steve Zartman
    Steve Zartman 3 months ago

    I grew up in NYC (Rockaway) block from the ocean and 13 miles from Manhattan. Our mortgage in Denver on a 4/3/2 on a 9k squ ft lot is 1700/mo. 300 days of sunshine and no subways. works for us.

  • Cylia T.S
    Cylia T.S 3 months ago

    Whaaat ? You've got mail is your favourite movie ? Girl , I LIKE YOU 😊

  • May Wallkill
    May Wallkill 3 months ago

    For those saying its too expensive clearly do not live in New York. She stated she lives near Central Park and the Lincoln Center. The rent is high due to the area, she lives in a congested area where everything is nearby maybe even her job.

  • Blank Et
    Blank Et 3 months ago

    Can’t afford 4800!

  • Themis Vespucci
    Themis Vespucci 3 months ago

    Its funny how people are on this vid saying shes getting ripped off on the upper west side when theres another vid with two women splitting a smaller loft on thw lower east side spending the same amount each. I wonder why.

  • Ruthie Akuchie
    Ruthie Akuchie 4 months ago

    This place she lives on and the price sounds awful. Completely not the life for me

  • Elieanay Thompson
    Elieanay Thompson 4 months ago

    To all saying it's too expensive. Other city's don't have the high paying jobs that you find in NY as well. So it compensates. I'm only here for decor inspiration.

  • Marie P
    Marie P 4 months ago

    I mean San Francisco is more expensive and you get the coast💕

  • Diedrie Gibbs
    Diedrie Gibbs 4 months ago

    They each pay 1600 a month. Hmm. That's house mortgage type money. I find this so interesting about MY, back in the day no one wanted to live there besides the immigrants and African Americans and now boom, a shoebox cost thousands to rent. That is the power of gentrification. Interesting

  • Kamina Virastranoae
    Kamina Virastranoae 4 months ago

    She’s so cute😭😭💙💙and their space is so nice. I’ve never had roommates or a roommate, I’m so weary of everything and everyone🌚but I know my wallet would appreciate it

  • jocelyn mitchell
    jocelyn mitchell 4 months ago

    You've Got Mail is my fave! I dream of opening a bookstore and buying fresh flowers everyday!

  • Tyson Gillett
    Tyson Gillett 4 months ago

    Why do all the girls in this Digs series speak with the same annoying tone and inflections? And come to think of it, why is it only girls? Up your diversity game, guys

  • Veganval 0521
    Veganval 0521 4 months ago

    She seems really fake

  • Larry Stubblefield
    Larry Stubblefield 4 months ago

    5 years in that shit box will buy you a literal SQUARE MILE and a 3500 sq ft house here. nothing can be worth living on top of each other like animals

  • Irene Taylor
    Irene Taylor 4 months ago

    You can get a mansion in Ohio

  • Diamond Jubilee Goldie Shine

    Hi, U ought to buy,, the good book. 666 pimping. by Angelo Barnes...

  • Hillum123
    Hillum123 4 months ago

    With 1590 USD rent id have to feed myself with water and bread.

  • EricaYE6
    EricaYE6 4 months ago

    Dang, $4,800 for a 3bed/2bath apartment?! That's a mortgage for a mansion in most other places.

  • Britny Boxall
    Britny Boxall 4 months ago +1

    That would be $6484.80 Australian a month. You can rent a mansion here for that. For a 3 bedroom house, you can get them for as cheap as $700USD a month...

  • Izzybx Cashtro
    Izzybx Cashtro 4 months ago +1

    1600 for. Room I’m paying 1300 for a 2 bedroom on Staten Island baby you need to move lol

  • holistic79
    holistic79 4 months ago

    This was a cool clip. I could listen to this girl for hours. Nice place.

  • Brie Stoll
    Brie Stoll 4 months ago

    Take note. This is the neighborhood that Monica and Rachel live in from friends. There is simply no way a chef and waitress could have afforded this!

  • Lindsay Ashton
    Lindsay Ashton 4 months ago

    come see my place in Sacramento for 650

  • veronica Moton
    veronica Moton 4 months ago

    What?? 👌😐😍

  • becomingellis
    becomingellis 4 months ago

    This is only a suggestion...but maybe you can put a shelving unit in the nook area so that you can take advantage of that space...for more shoes or just other storage.

  • Arainea CuteBrownNurse
    Arainea CuteBrownNurse 5 months ago


  • Little Louise
    Little Louise 5 months ago

    Well that's literally the most adorable decorated apartment I've ever seen and you can for sure see al the different personalities throughout it !

  • Carmen Diep
    Carmen Diep 5 months ago

    over 4k dollars with 2 roomates on the west side in manhattan AND no tub?.. no wonder why ALOT of people in nyc are homeless and living in shelters. nyc is mad expensive but I'm an nyc girl for life *shrugs*

  • yesimemoin09
    yesimemoin09 5 months ago

    It's against the law to rent to three people who aren't related.

  • HardlineSoul
    HardlineSoul 5 months ago

    That's just stupid to pay that much...:P

  • Shivangi Krishna
    Shivangi Krishna 5 months ago

    $4800 is the total amount or its just your share?

  • G
    G 5 months ago

    $4800 a month to have two roommates????? I thought southern Cali was bad!