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New York City is likely to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move that many will herald as a victory for low-wage workers. But even with the raise, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of NYC’s real estate would remain unaffordable.

We wondered what’s available for a worker earning the newly-proposed minimum wage, so we did a little math. Working 40 hours a week at $15 an hour, a worker is set to earn $2,600 gross per month. So we need to find properties that rent for 40 percent of gross income–a rent stretch, but certainly not unprecedented. That’s $1,040 per month or less.

Needless to say, finding habitable units at that price for a single person was difficult, though not totally impossible. We came up with five passable solutions.

5. Contemporary studio in Far Rockaway – $999

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This was the biggest, brightest place we discovered in our search. Yes it’s in Far Rockaway, which means a Manhattan commute will take you an hour and a half each way. But it’s 560 square feet, and it could be all yours.

4. Tiny Chelsea Studio with a shared bathroom – $985/mo

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We were actually surprised that you could live in Chelsea for less than $1,000/month. We won’t say that it doesn’t look a little sad, but maybe you could get some inspiration from the Tiny Home movement

3. True Studio in Parkchester – $950/mo

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Don’t like parquet floors? At least it HAS a floor. And it’s only two blocks from the 6 train.

2. Harlem Studio – $1,000/mo

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This place looks pretty nice. It’s off the 2/3 (one of the most frequent subway lines) and it’s not tiny. You could do so much worse.

1. Non-terrifying Astoria studio in three-family building – $1000/mo

APT5 Photo: Craigslist 

Yes, the flash in the photos and the wall-to-wall tile make it a little “murder-esque,” but this place is probably darling in person. The size is decent, there’s a live-in super, it’s close to the trains, and it’s in New York!

Our research showed that even if the minimum wage is raised to $15, working adults still face a great obstacle in securing decent housing, especially close to Manhattan.

DNAInfo’s number-crunching revealed that that New Yorkers working 40 hours a week would need to earn an hourly wage of at least $38.80, which is more than quadruple the state’s current minimum wage of $8.75, to afford the city’s forecasted median rent of $2,690 a month this year.

Of course, that renders most of Manhattan unaffordable, requiring an average hourly salary of $44.60 to reach the median rent. In fact, not one single borough’s median rent could be reached at $15 an hour, with the most affordable borough (Bronx) requiring $21.26 an hour.

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