When I first moved into the city in the early 90s, I scored a rent-controlled two bedroom on Pitt Street and Rivington for only $350 a month. Sure it was in the “Gucci Building,” named after the brand of heroin that used to be pumped out of it, and yeah it was right across from heavy crime stricken projects, but it was cheap. I eventually moved to other Manhattan neighborhoods, from Murray Hill to even Times Square, and although nothing was ever as cheap as that rent-controlled apartment, none of them cost $2500 a month, let alone the current average of $3,064 a month. Who are all these people that pay so much to live here? To me, anything over $1550 in Brooklyn or $1800 in Manhattan is a rip off. (Photo: Shawn Hoke/flickr)