My experience in a teeny little 400 square foot apartment on the Upper East Side (normally shared by two people) definitely brought to light Sex & the City's fictional flair. Really, even a popular columnist with ten credit cards couldn't afford a one bedroom at over $3000 rent!
While houses are non-existant except in the suburbs, and a $3000 per month apartment is half the size of my one bedroom, the culture, creativity and diversity of entertainment may make up for the crowded urban frenzy. Brooklyn Heights high- priced stylish homes look like they stepped out of 1930's movies. Parts of Manhattan are definitely home to classy dressers and fashionistas, the majority of New Yorkers do not fit this description, as the baseball cap and army jacket clad man on the subway brought to my attention.
After the next morning's tour of the Empire State and the UN Building, Macy's department store, Rockefeller Centre, a glimpse of 5th Avenue glamour, and a ridiculously cheap Anne Klein jacket at a designer boutique...I felt the New York excitement start to fulfill me. Really, with all the Broadway shows, events, concerts, and shopping...maybe sacrificing the space for entertainment isn't such a bad idea!