The Rent is Too Damn High Part 2



A few days ago my room-mate informed me that next year he is leaving as our rents are going up to the stratosphere so if he leaves so must I.  My room-mate is a school teacher and I am a museum security guard. New York City rents are brutalizing folks like us. In order to live comfortably in New York City you must make upwards of $70 a year this is a salary that neither school teachers nor security guards can ever achieve unless you take on extra jobs or work non-stop overtime.

Basically the working class is being crushed. Big time!

I’m looking to move from my current Brooklyn location to either Washington Heights in Manhattan or to the Boogie Down Bronx. Must be near the subway walking distance to the train and cat friendly. Where I go my cat Sylvester goes with me. Safety is also paramount.

I’m also willing to consider Queens as long as it is a short walk to the subway. Also wherever I go whether I wind up in a studio or a one-bedroom it must have enough room and be in a safe neighborhood where Stephen can visit me. It would also be nice for the neighborhood to have amenities like good grocery stores, banks, a Walgreens pharmacy, etc…

I hope to make the move sometime around Spring/Summer/Early Autumn 2017.

Please contact me privately using my Gmail address. Thanks!!

Gentrification is pushing working class people like me out of the neighborhood.  Once the Hipsters start moving in the rest of us are forced to leave. I like Brooklyn, I enjoy living here and wish that I could stay. Truthfully since I will be making more money in my new position technically I could stay if I worked DOUBLE SHIFTS FOUR TIMES A WEEK!!  Yes if I did maximum overtime which would mean giving up writing, photography and naturally blogging I could stay in my Beloved Brooklyn. If I give up having any kind of life including Not Seeing Stephen I could remain put but I’m not willing to do that so move I must!!



I just wanted to add the link of a blog post that really impressed me. Being pretty or beautiful is temporary and my days of pretty are long over. When pretty fades that’s where Strong takes over.

37 thoughts on “The Rent is Too Damn High Part 2

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you find something, I know how hard it is. I am so outraged by all this focus on the rustbelt. I weep for my native home, all she has been through, all she endures and how so many are being edged out 😦 Good luck

    1. Well I still have a few months and I will be bugging all my friends for leads. Called a friend yesterday who said that he would try to help me. I know that he will do his best and I will be doing lots of research. Thanks.

  2. I’m really sorry to hear this, Deborah! I know it’s so difficult to deal with ever increasing costs, and having to weigh that reality against working more, and needing to give up things that are in life giving and feed the soul. I pray there will be a way you can keep involved in all of these things, and yet have a place that feels like home for you. ❤️🏡

    1. So am I. Another reason I like my neighborhood is that there are many cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, BAM and the Barclays Center. So I’d rather stay here but the bottom line for landlords is greed. If they can get more money they go for it. If there is a way I can stay in Brooklyn near the subway I’ll all ears!! ❤

  3. This just sucks. The same crap is happening in London. The minimum wage is definitely not in line with the rising rents, and Londoners are being told to leave if they want affordable rent. Shocking. Ridiculous. Out of order. I hope you manage to find what you are after.

    1. Remaining positive and putting out feelers. Sadly the big cities are ruled by greed. I do make more than the minimum wage but it is just that the rent eats up way too much of my budget.

    1. I shall remain positive and pray for a miracle. I’m also asking everyone I know to look out for me now rather than to wait until the last minute. New York is extremely expensive so I may still have to deal with a room-mate(s). Techniquely as I said in the blog post I could push myself via loads of overtime but then my quality of life would be reduced. This blog and my photography blog Roaming Urban Gypsy would both be abandoned and lie fallow. Really the government needs provide affordable housing to people making under $40K a year. Right now the City homeless shelters are bursting with people who have jobs but those jobs don’t pay enough to meet the exorbitant rents!

      1. I know, NYC is crazily expensive. I also see the dilemma of working more time. But you never know, just have faith and the right thing will definitely come your way. You are providing a lot of possibilities and I am sure that one will blossom!

      2. Thanks again! I’m doing my best to remain positive and thinking good thoughts. At least I have some time several months to put the word out. I appreciate your help and assistance! God Bless!

    2. One more thing to note. Interesting that my military service, I’m a U.S. Army Veteran does not mean a whole lot in this country. There are many homeless Veterans on the cold city streets. I just don’t want to become one of them. However as you know Veterans are not a priority in America.

      1. This is such a shame! I am always shocked when I come across this unappreciating for people who risked their life and gave their health for the coutnry. It is something I will never understand. I just hope that one day soon more people stand up and everybody sees what you all have given!

  4. Reblogged this on Erika Kind and commented:
    A friend needs help! Deborah’s roommate is going to move out and she needs to find a new affordable apartment until next summer. If you are located in NYC or know someone over there perhaps you could give Deborah some suggestions or even can help actively!

  5. Hi DeBorah, I know that living in the city can be truly expensive. Have you considered looking up some options in Jersey City or Union city in NJ? it’s pretty close to the city and the public transport is really good. I know you don’t wanna leave Brooklyn, but I just thought of asking you since the rates are less here as compared to the city.

    1. No. New Jersey is out because Stephen’s Group Home will not bring him to me out of state nor will they pick him up if I moved to NJ. Plus due to my eyesight I no longer drive. I must stay within New York City.

      1. Oh…got it. The reason I asked you is because we almost always come by public transport (via bus or path) to the city and takes us about half an hour if the traffic isn’t too bad. But I’ll tell you in case I come across something in New York City itself. I hope you find a perfect place Soon 💕

      2. Thanks but Path train too much money. Also I have a medical condition that means I must stay in New York near my doctors.
        Because of health problems I must see the doctor every two weeks.

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