hand opening door (l) door unable to open fully due to oven (c) tiny kitchen (r) with captions "reality of NYC apartment hunting and the absurd prices" "imagine paying $4000 per month to get whacked with the door anytime you use the stove and someone comes home"


‘Whacked with the door any time you use the stove’: TikToker shows what $4,000 will get renters in New York, sparking debate

'Imagine living in NYC on purpose.'


Brooke Sjoberg

Internet Culture

Posted on May 26, 2022   Updated on May 30, 2022, 10:56 am CDT

A TikToker’s video showing an absurdly small apartment kitchen with a door that collides with the stove when opened has garnered more than 2 million views on the platform.

The video is part of a series created by Charlotte (@charlottesaround), showing what $4,000 a month in rent can get someone in New York City.

“Reality of NYC apartment hunting and the absurd prices,” the text overlay on the video reads. “Imagine paying $4,000 per month to get whacked with the door anytime you use the stove and someone comes home.”

“How is this NOT a fire hazard???” Charlotte questioned in the video’s caption.

@charlottesaround How is this NOT a fire hazard??? #nyc #apartmenthunting #nycapt #fyp #foryou #FrunktheBeat ♬ original sound – charlotte

Viewers similarly questioned how safe the apartment is in the comments section. Others questioned the rental rate.

“No way that place is $4,000,” one commenter wrote.

“Lmfao people will throw any number around,” another wrote. “I doubt it’s that much. And if it is, there’s thousands of other apartments in NYC for less that are way nicer.”

However, $4,265 is the average rent in Manhattan, according to RentCafe.

The video caused some to question why anyone would live in New York by choice.

“Why do ppl like NY?” one asked.

“Imagine living in NYC on purpose,” another criticized.

Charlotte later clarified that the apartment is “not actually our apartment just one that we happened to tour” in a comment. In follow-up videos, the TikToker showcases a small one-room apartment that has a view of a brick wall and dumpsters outside the window.

The Daily Dot has reached out to @charlottesaround regarding her videos via Instagram direct message.

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*First Published: May 26, 2022, 9:26 am CDT