If you’ve ever tried to find an apartment in New York City, then this is going to ring so true to you!

My friend Alana Reali, a NYC bartender and the owner and head designer of dissdig, a NYC clothing line that embodies NYC street life and urban culture, was bored one night at work and decided to have a little fun.

Reali took some photos of a dive bar bathroom and posted this ad on Craigslist.

$30 / 15ft2 – Hip artist loft in trendy L.E.S. (Lower East Side) 

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Love brunch? Totally heart NYC? I have a cozy artist loft available 10/1 in the heart of the edgiest neighborhood in Manhattan. A stones throw from organic grocery stores, the hottest brunch spots and hipster bars.

Room includes a window, a door, your very own bathroom and walls dressed with authentic NYC street art. Hot water included. I provide a space heater for the winter months.

The photos above would be your bedroom. The neighbors are kind of shitty but you can’t beat this price!

The shower is located at the Comfort Inn next door. I’ll personally introduce you to the door man Juan Pablo. Juan only works two nights a week so plan accordingly.

Looking for a roommate that doesn’t bring the party home, doesn’t smoke cigarettes (e-cigs OK) 420 friendly. No overnight guests. Week to week. If I like you, you’ll have a chance to take over the lease as I’m moving to Williamsburg in January to be closer to Five Leaves (which by the way is my FAV brunch spot)

This is a v rare opportunity to have a Manhattan zip code for Ohio prices. Looking forward to meeting my new best friend.

and guess what? She was FLOODED with responses.

Here are a few:

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And there you have it, the state of the NYC rental market…

Amazing job Alana!!! 🙂

When I first moved to NYC it took me forever to find a decent place. Once you get past the income requirements (your yearly salary is expected to be 48x your monthly rent payment), you have to deal with all of the bait and switch operators out there and frequently that “great” apartment you saw at 9am gets rented by someone else by noon.  I once went to look at a room for rent in a woman’s apartment on Central Park West, only that $1,750 “room” was actually just a pullout couch in her living room and she conveniently forgot to mention her SEVEN cats in the ad. I only discovered them when my eyes started to bleed, my skin started to crawl and I was uncontrollably coughing and wheezing.

Thanks to Newport Film’s very own Terri Conners for taking me in and giving me a great, great, great apartment in Chelsea. I’d have been lost (or living in a dive bar bathroom) without her!

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