4. Don’t believe what you see on TV
If you see someone on television that has a brownstone and is working only a minimal amount of hours per week feel free to call them on it. In New York it is simply not possible to afford anything when you’re only working part-time. If you see someone that’s not a movie star or otherwise well known socialite saying that they own their own home or apartment and work only a few hours a week, don’t believe the hype.