It's no lie that Manhattan apartments are typically overpriced, but I find this to be a disgusting example of thievery in urban real estate. Just look at the work he had to do to make this place livable.
When I first moved to NYC in 2002, I lived in a basement studio apartment on the Upper Westside. It was small and perfect for a single girl with little money and few belongings. I was paying 60% more than this fella pays with 449% more space. I had my own bathroom. I had counter space in a tiny kitchen. There was a stove. I had room for a full-size bed AND a chair. I lived 30 blocks north of where this guy lives. The fact that he's paying so much to live in a space so little seems inflated even to me, a jaded Manhattanite.
What do you think? Is the desire to live in a prime location worth sacrificing one's sense of personal space & comfort?