For all the NYC real estate watchers

I loved reading the comments left under this City Newsroom Blog entry: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/appraisal-sidebar/#comments

It asked people to describe their first apartments in the city, and the entries range from the LES shared-with-a-friend studio that "cost almost as much as 1,000 slices of pizza" to West Village number on Jane Street that went for $95 a month! Good read.
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BroadwayBK Feb 01, 2011
I can't believe anyone paid $185 for a closet-sized space in the 80s. My first apartment was a closet sized space in the LES for $1525....
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hhusted Feb 02, 2011
Are you kidding BroadwayBK. I lived in NJ, in the '80s, and only paid $450 for a one-bedroom apartment. Man, I wish the prices were that cheap now. Those days are gone forever.
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BroadwayBK Feb 02, 2011
I was born in the 80s, so it's difficult for me to remember what real estate prices were like.
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hhusted Feb 03, 2011
@BroadwayBK: Oh, you are young still. You missed the turbulent times of the 60's and 70's. :) :)
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JenMac Feb 03, 2011
Is inflation that bad now? Or, was it just that the West Village was that junky in the '80's. Even still . . . .
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hhusted Feb 04, 2011
@JenMac: Inflation, unfortunately. I bites you in the butt every time.
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Uraniumfish Feb 04, 2011
Whatever inflation's been, the Village used to be a dump.
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JenMac Feb 04, 2011
Yeah, it wasn't that long ago that the Village was scary, right?
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NeverSleeps Feb 05, 2011
Yeah, probably a combination.
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BroadwayBK Feb 06, 2011
Well I wish it were still a dump. I would totally live there right now. It'd probably be a lot like living in Bushwick, except in the city.
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Uraniumfish Feb 06, 2011
I know some people who settled in Tribecca back in the day when they didn't even had a grocery store nearby and had to walk way uptown to get milk. The city was a LOT different. The Village use to even be dangerous and seedy, and not hipster-seedy but seedy-seedy.
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NeverSleeps Feb 06, 2011
@BroadwayBK Obviously what you need to do is buy up some Bushwick real estate. Because in another decade, your hood will be sitting pretty and the only seedy areas of NYC will be on the Jersey Shore.
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