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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    CPR4THEBODY 16 hours 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 22 hours 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 4 days ago

    Do Atlanta 😩😩😩

  • LeopardLover LeopardLover

    I hate her voice

  • sandycarestoo
    sandycarestoo 7 days 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

  • Khanh Ho
    Khanh Ho 8 days ago

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

  • Stuart Turner
    Stuart Turner 8 days ago

    OCD, seriously...

  • chronicfish
    chronicfish 8 days ago

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

  • Daniella Hernandez
    Daniella Hernandez 10 days ago

    Two roommates 😑😣

  • Katie B.
    Katie B. 10 days ago

    The pink radiator 😍😍😍

  • Katie B.
    Katie B. 10 days ago

    She's so cute, lol.

  • Moni Love
    Moni Love 13 days 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 14 days 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 14 days ago

    Beautiful girl 😍

  • Eric Morreo
    Eric Morreo 15 days ago

    Why does she talk like that

  • ryvr madduck
    ryvr madduck 17 days ago

    Was that a black vibrator collection?

  • MyriadOfCrys !
    MyriadOfCrys ! 19 days ago

    I love her lol

  • A Ni
    A Ni 25 days ago

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

  • Brianna Nila
    Brianna Nila 25 days ago +1

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

  • YaShanda Skinner
    YaShanda Skinner 25 days 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.

    Eric DE BRAUWER 25 days ago

    Most people are experts in deluding themselves.

  • Geoffrey Selvage
    Geoffrey Selvage 27 days ago

    Four times my mortgage.... Yikes!

  • Steve Zartman
    Steve Zartman Month 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 Month ago

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

  • May Wallkill
    May Wallkill Month 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 Month ago

    Can’t afford 4800!

  • Themis Vespucci
    Themis Vespucci Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Elieanay Thompson
    Elieanay Thompson Month 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.

  • Dakota P
    Dakota P Month ago

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

  • Diedrie Gibbs
    Diedrie Gibbs Month 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

    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 Month ago

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

  • Tyson Gillett
    Tyson Gillett Month 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 Month ago

    She seems really fake

  • Larry Stubblefield
    Larry Stubblefield Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

  • EricaYE6
    EricaYE6 Month ago

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

  • Britny Boxall
    Britny Boxall Month 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 Month ago +1

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

  • holistic79
    holistic79 Month ago

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

  • Brie Stoll
    Brie Stoll Month 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 Month ago

    come see my place in Sacramento for 650

  • veronica Moton
    veronica Moton 2 months ago

    What?? 👌😐😍

  • becomingellis
    becomingellis 2 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 2 months ago


  • Jilly Bean
    Jilly Bean 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • HardlineSoul
    HardlineSoul 2 months ago

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

  • Shivangi Krishna
    Shivangi Krishna 2 months ago

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

  • G
    G 2 months ago

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

  • Faith Chable
    Faith Chable 2 months ago

    She has the best personality of all the videos I've seen she's so cute

  • Gryphyn Alvàréz
    Gryphyn Alvàréz 2 months ago

    Bitch You’re ultra adorable! In an alternate universe we meet for brunch in an outdoor café by Central Park and BS

  • Leslie austin
    Leslie austin 2 months ago

    Her hair was great, I need to know that routine.

  • Safas Youtube
    Safas Youtube 2 months ago

    If mindy kaling had a sis

  • Amber Riley
    Amber Riley 2 months ago

    NYC is so cool but I live in northern Virginia like 45 mins to DC and I split the the 1600/mo rent with with my fiance. We have 2 large bedrooms 2.5 baths with garden tubs, granite countertops, 11 foot ceilings and a laundry room with full sized washer and dryer. It's crazy how much prices vary per area. Even around here 1600 is pricey but worth it with all the amenities.

  • Jude Katter
    Jude Katter 2 months ago

    It would be amazing if that 3rd roommate would put her style in the common area. Pastels would do wonder. Great job overall.

  • mcoco143
    mcoco143 2 months ago

    It better be your own apartment. Ijs.
    OK, she's only paying a portion of that to share. Still...

  • Olga Ilina
    Olga Ilina 2 months ago

    4,800 per week?

  • Sam Slow
    Sam Slow 3 months ago

    This is so sad. roommates.

  • Khalid El-Shabazz
    Khalid El-Shabazz 3 months ago

    I would think that the person with the private bathroom would pay the most in rent. 😅

  • 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 3 months 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 • 3 months 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

    • Katrina B
      Katrina B 2 months ago

      In the UK we have a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom spacious house for £500 (£650) a month. In cities it can range from £700-£1100, but £1500+ is unheard of (for a whole apartment or house)! NYC is crazy.

  • Jerri •
    Jerri • 3 months ago

    That rent is yikes

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda 3 months ago

  • Veeta Gee
    Veeta Gee 3 months ago

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

  • Kelly Palmer
    Kelly Palmer 3 months ago

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

  • Viola Lewis
    Viola Lewis 3 months ago

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

  • elena 240
    elena 240 3 months ago

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

  • Edith Zurita
    Edith Zurita 3 months ago

    I know i love my couch too.

  • i bold
    i bold 3 months 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. 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • SH0dah
    SH0dah 3 months ago

    I feel that she's a nightmare to live with

  • PHlyestofNerds
    PHlyestofNerds 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • lipstickngore
    lipstickngore 3 months ago +1

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

  • Shoshonna Doty
    Shoshonna Doty 3 months ago

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

  • Joel Ioppolo
    Joel Ioppolo 4 months ago +1

    Is this in American money

    • Joel Ioppolo
      Joel Ioppolo 4 months ago

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

    • Refinery29
      Refinery29  4 months ago +1

      +joelioppolo Yes!

  • Sy Muwah
    Sy Muwah 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

    She’s so freaking cute

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  • Lady Macbeth
    Lady Macbeth 4 months ago

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

  • love you
    love you 4 months ago

    i love the bluest eye omg

  • Jemma Webb
    Jemma Webb 4 months 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.

  • princess bow22
    princess bow22 4 months ago

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

  • ratata
    ratata 4 months ago

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

  • Britt Hass
    Britt Hass 4 months 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 4 months ago

    Stuck up

  • Alice Alice
    Alice Alice 5 months ago

    I have the lamp thats in the living room

  • StraightButGay
    StraightButGay 5 months ago

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