You can get a nice 2bdrm in Manhattan for $1600/month (that is if you were each expecting to pitch in $800 each). There are some pretty good deals to be had right now. Check out this article from the NY Times on rent stabilized apartments http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/realestate/rent-stabilized
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Currently there is a 2 bedroom, with eat-in kitchen new appliances, bedrooms at opposite ends of apartment for $1750. There will be another available for $1450. These are NO FEE apartments with only an application fee for credit check and processing.
Please contact me, if you are interested. My name is Erika Roberts. I am a licensed broker. You can reach me at 917-335-8569 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org