Ms. Shaker, 33, was unwilling to spend that much to remain in her 300 or so quirky square feet. As much as she liked living there, no matter how hard she scrubbed, the ancient bathroom felt grimy. “You got in on the short side of the tub,” she said. “It was super weird. I had to fold the shower curtain in half.”
Her wall space was so limited that she didn’t have room for a regular sofa, which would have blocked the bathroom door. Instead, she had a love seat, along with a table and two chairs.
“My apartment was fine for one girl by herself, but it made me sad that I really couldn’t host friends,” said Ms. Shaker, who is from south of Boston and who graduated from Wagner College on Staten Island.
Knowing that the $1,475 she had been paying “was a make-believe price,” she accepted that she would have to spend more, and set a budget of $3,000 a month. For that, she hoped to get something much bigger than her East Village apartment, with enough space to fit a group of friends. But even with her expanded budget, she knew she might not get a one-bedroom.
It was also important to her to find a place within walking distance of the PATH train, which she takes to commute to Jersey City, where she is the assistant vice president of social media at IT Cosmetics for L’Oréal USA.