High housing costs in New York City are nothing new—our hometown is consistently ranked among the world's priciest places to live, and its status as a capital of finance, media and the arts means that's unlikely to change anytime soon. But for every Russian oligarch parking tens of millions of dollars in a condo overlooking Central Park, there are hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers just scraping by. It's in this starkly stratified landscape that the average person makes $33,000 per year—and there are apartments on the market that cost more than that each month in rent.
Here are 10 such listings, all in Manhattan. If on the off chance you're reading this and end up renting one, we'll happily accept a finder's fee.
UPPER EAST SIDE: A 6,500-square-foot five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath duplex with an open layout at 515 Park Ave., between East 59th and East 60th streets. The place comes with oak floors, English oak paneling, custom millwork, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, oversized windows and a private elevator landing. The kitchen includes a Viking range, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a custom wine chiller, refrigerated drawers and a large island. There are heated stone floors in the bathrooms and en-suite dressing areas in each of the bedrooms. It's in a 43-story building with a private gym, a full-time doorman, valet and concierge service, an event room and a chef’s kitchen for catered events. Yours for $70,000 a month unfurnished, or $80,000 month furnished
MIDTOWN EAST: A 5,893-square-foot five-bedroom, six-and-half-bath full-floor condo across the street from the U.N. at 50 United Nations Plaza, between East 46th and East 47th streets. The unit has 11-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a living/dining room overlooking the East River, en-suite bathrooms in all the bedrooms and an eat-in kitchen with white lacquer cabinetry. In a full-service building with a 75-foot swimming pool, a gym, a concierge, valet service, a conference room, a steam room, a play room, cold storage, bike storage and valet parking. A cool $58,000 a month, no broker’s fee
TRIBECA: A 3,562-square-foot four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath that takes up half a floor at 56 Leonard St., between West Broadway and Church Street. It has 14-foot ceilings, three exposures (north, west and south), two balconies (one off the master bedroom), and in the kitchen, double Sub-Zero refrigerators, a wine cooler, a Miele double oven, two dishwashers and glass cabinets. Also, there's white oak flooring throughout and a laundry room with a vented washer and dryer. The apartment is in a full-service condo development with a full-time doorman, a gym, a swimming pool, a media room, a private dining room and catering kitchen, a live-in super and an on-site garage. $45,000 a month
GREENWICH VILLAGE: A five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath penthouse apartment at 155 West 11th St., between 6th and 7th avenues, with floor-to-ceiling windows, dark-stained oak hardwood floors, custom millwork, and a chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Also, a private terrace, an in-unit washer and dryer and a four-pipe HVAC system with zoned climate control. The apartment is in The Greenwich Lane, a pet-friendly doorman building with a swimming pool and a garage. $42,000 a month
CHELSEA: A 5,218-square-foot three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath penthouse unit at 508 West 24th St. between 10th and 11th avenues, with 11-foot ceilings, white oak floors throughout and a wood-burning fireplace. The windowed chef’s kitchen has a marble island, custom walnut cabinetry, a Sub-Zero fridge, a hooded Wolf range and a Miele dishwasher. There is also a private terrace, private rooftop access and a private storage unit in the cellar. The building is a 10-story condo complex with a full-time doorman, a fitness center, a bike room, a 1,300-square-foot common courtyard and a conference room. $42,000 a month
GRAMERCY PARK: A 3,809-square-foot three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath on the 15th floor of 50 Gramercy Park North, between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue South. The apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows, a sunken living room with 12-foot ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. It also includes a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen. In a 24-hour doorman building with a concierge and access to Gramercy Park Hotel amenities, including housekeeping and hospitality services. $35,000 a month
COLUMBUS CIRCLE: A 2,413-square-foot three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner unit in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 80 Columbus Circle, at West 60th Street. It has high ceilings, marble bathrooms, Central Park and Hudson River views and in-unit laundry. The apartment is part of the Mandarin Oriental Residences, a full-service condo project in the hotel with a gym, a massage room, a children’s playroom, a landscaped roof deck, a business center, private screening rooms and complimentary use of the hotel's spa and swimming pool. $36,000 a month
FLATIRON DISTRICT: A 4,200-square-foot three-bedroom, three-bath condo unit at 5 East 16th St., between 5th Avenue and Union Square West. It includes a sunken foyer, a sunken living room, stone floors, a kitchen with two refrigerators, Miele double wall ovens and Italian cabinetry and a dining room that seats 10. There are built-ins in the kitchen and the dining room, two large walk-in closets, an electric fireplace, a laundry room with a washer and dryer, Nest system temperature controls and a Crestron system that controls TV, lighting and sound. The apartment is situated in an elevator building with a virtual doorman, and renting for $36,000 a month
MIDTOWN EAST: A 2,491-square-foot, fully furnished three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner condo at 151 East 58th St., between Third and Lexington avenues. It features 11-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a south-facing terrace and a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets, granite floors, a wine cooler and stainless steel appliances. Also, a separate breakfast area and a laundry room with a Miele washer and dryer. The building, One Beacon Court, is a white-glove building with a fitness room, a separate barre exercise room, a massage room, a business center, a private lounge, a children’s playroom with a kitchen and valet parking. $33,000 a month
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