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Does Manhattan's Middle Class Even Exist?

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1) Everybody, get ready to be really mad, because this week's Hunt features parents buying an apartment for their daughter. Aaaahhhh! Something something hard work! Anyway, Lena is looking for a new place in the city and her parents, who live in San Diego, have been thinking about getting a pied-a-terre. They decide to just buy a pied-a-terre that their daughter can just live in all the time, or, in other words, not a pied-a-terre at all, especially since they plan on buying a studio or a 1BR (where they will presumably sleep on the couch?) They also find that looking for an apartment that they can all live with (and in) has its challenges. One place has too many stairs for the dad. Another has too small of a kitchen for the mom. A third has a lobby, and the daughter doesn't like lobbies (deep breaths, everyone.) Eventually, they find a place that they all like and buy it, as one does. At one point the dad says the he is "in a grumbly mood," which is a hilarious way for someone to describe himself. [The Hunt/'An Apartment With Guest Potential']

2) It's time to revisit the age-old question: What is happening to the middle class in Manhattan? Or, really, what is Manhattan's middle class in the first place? In a borough where the average rent is $3,973/month and the average sale price for a home is $1.46 million, the distinction becomes even cloudier than it usually is. Many residents who might be considered wealthy in other parts of the country are barely scraping by, or feel squeezed out by neighborhoods that are constantly changing and getting pricier. Of course, the death of the middle class has been periodically predicted for the past hundred years or so, especially in Manhattan, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to it. Who knows—maybe in another hundred years, the city's residents will consist of three super rich guys and their eight million servants. ['What Is Middle-Class in Manhattan?']