In honor of the series finale of Girls that aired last night, The Washington Post did a very interesting piece on the Girls apartments in New York City, and several other famous NYC flats on TV throughout time. Are they at all realistic, or – like television itself – is it all a fantasy?
The Washington Post says:
Girls is an example of the strides TV shows have made in illustrating New York City living with a degree of realism. But it still falls short of getting it just right. As the HBO series comes to a close Sunday, we looked at how the entertainment industry has represented New York real estate, for better or for worse, from the Bunkers in Queens to our Friends in the West Village. (Oh, how we wish we lived with Monica Geller.)
How realistic the TV apartments of NYC are depends of course on the number of people paying the rent, the salary of those people, the square footage, and of course LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Those apartments in Manhattan tend to be the most expensive. Check out Hannah Horvath’s apartment on Girls:
Hannah’s abode was in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where you can get a 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom apartment for around $2,500 a month. That isn’t TOO bad if you live in a big city, but if you consider what Hannah does (or doesn’t do) for work and that there have been stretches when she lived in the apartment alone, it doesn’t really add up.
Back in the 1950’s, Lucy and Desi lived in Manhattan in their one-bedroom apartment for – as the show claimed – $125 per month which is pretty realistic compared to the classifieds in the Village Voice around the same time – about $150 a month near the East River. And since Ricky was famous, it totally made sense for them to live there.
Read the full article with more TV apartments in NYC on The Washington Post.