I've looked nightly at NYC apartments for fifteen years. Prices have shot up in the last two years,and so I look at studios. This is my favorite right now: a Harlem studio, for $1295 a month, 500 feet from the A train.
In the west, we call this living in your kitchen.
In Manhattan, it's an astonishing good deal for such a pristine studio with two closets!
What do we really need in life but a bed, a table and a chair and the A train to carry us to the theater?