NYC woman’s Manhattan apartment only cost her $28 monthly rent

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  • Patricia O’Grady first moved to the Greenwich Village apartment in 1955
  • O’Grady stayed there until she recently expired at the age of 84, paying only $28.43 per month in rent

In a city where rents have skyrocketed, one tenant held on to a real steal paying only around  $28 a month for her Manhattan apartment.

Patricia O’Grady moved into the top floor of a Greenwich Village walk-up in 1955 with three other roommates. In exchange for a discounted rent of $16, the four women would help sweep the hallway. The unit had nothing except walls and floor, so the girls, all aspiring actresses, added to it themselves with small amenities and a sink.

Though the other roommates moved out, O’Grady never did, and because of that, she had the ultimate NYC miracle: $28 per month rent.

O’Grady, 84, was fatally struck by a car just a few feet from her home in March, but until then, she paid $28.43 only a month for her apartment.

According to Rent Jungle, as of April 2018, the average rent for an apartment in New York is $3,417.

One bedroom apartments in New York rent for $2,868 a month on average and two bedroom apartment rents average $3,601.