Soaring rents make New York unaffordable, even for your favorite TV characters

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WikicommonsBy Javier E. David | CNBC

Carrie Bradshaw might want to rethink whether she can afford that Cosmo.

Manhattan real estate prices have been notoriously frothy, but a clutch of recent data reinforced the lament of the city’s renters, where the market is equally as expensive. The median price of a one-bedroom rental apartment rose by 1.2 percent in May, according to real estate firm MNS’s latest monthly report, with the average price jumping by 0.55 percent to nearly $3950.

This week brought more bracing news for the Big Apple’s would-be apartment hunters. According to Apartment List data, New York rents have jumped by 0.4 percent in June alone, and are up by more than a percent year over year. That information dovetailed with findings by Roomi, an apartment hunting app, which recently indulged in a useful thought experiment: How would some of television’s most recognizable fictional faces fare in NYC’s overheated rental market?

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