My earliest NYC rent wasn’t paid in cash.
I worked 40 hours each week for a place backstage in the mid-1970’s.
My first rented apartment was in the Village. It cost $185, split 2 ways.
$92.50 was tough to gather every 30 days, back then.
Then rent jumped in various places to $265. $850. $1990. $3300.
Well, brace yourself Mott Haven, we’ve been discovered.