Wow, really? Is this studio 200 sq. ft. or something? I know people who live in studios, and they pay close to, or over, $3K (albeit in nice "luxury" buildings). It's def small, there is no denying that, but for a single person, its fine. I dated this girl who paid what I do, had a 1-bedroom on 1st and 63rd, but she had no elevator and lived on the 4th floor... you can find good apartments in non-'luxury' buildings.