Lesson Transcript

Hi, everyone! Today, we’ll be talking about everyday American culture in the US.
Last time, we talked about American supermarkets and how they’re unique. This time, we’re going to look at how much it actually costs to live in New York City.
When you think about America, perhaps one of the first things that might come to mind is the bright lights and the fast pace of the big city. For sure, in New York City, everyone who visits wants to go to the big tourist locations; Central Park, Time Square, the Statue of Liberty. But how much does it actually costs to live there? In this video, we’re going to talk about the actual living cost of New York City.
Let’s start with the most basic thing you need to live in New York, an apartment. Without an apartment, you can’t really say you live in New York City. But if you want to live in the city, you should be prepared to live in a small space. More than half of the apartments in New York City are 700ft² or smaller. That’s about 65m². This could be for a studio apartment which has no walls between the kitchen and the bedroom, or, it could be a one-bedroom apartment which does have a separate bedroom. These kinds of places cost, on average, $1,890 or $2,100 respectively. So, expect to pay a pretty high price if you want to live in a city.
But keep in mind that a separate payment is required for heat and water in your apartment. For an average apartment, about 915ft² in New York City, about $145 is required for utility bills. This covers heating, electricity, water and garbage. For internet and phone however, that’s a totally separate payment.
One of the best things about living in New York City is how convenient things are. If you walk down the street, you can quickly find a coffee shop or bookstore or a supermarket. Because of this, people who live there rarely have cars. It’s quite expensive to keep one in the city. Instead, people use public transportation like buses or the subway. For a monthly transit pass, you can expect to pay about $120 and if you want to use a taxi, fare starts at $2.50.
New York City is known for its wide variety of delicious restaurants. You can find food from all over the world. You can get anything from a food cart hotdog to an expensive state dinner in New York City. Because of this wide variety, however, it’s hard to determine a specific average for a meal.
With living in New York City, you can imagine going to concerts, shows, baseball games and so on, but the cost of this can get pretty pricey. If you want to see the latest film in New York City, you can expect to pay about $15 per ticket. If you want to do something a little more exciting and check out the Yankees Baseball Game, for example, it will cost you about $50 a ticket. And, if you want to check out Broadway and see one of the latest shows, you can expect to pay about a couple of hundred dollars for the best seats.
There are lots of ways to determine the cost of living in New York City, but these are just a couple of important aspects.
So, how does New York City compare to big cities in your country? What are some things that are different and what else would you like to know about American culture? Let us know in the comments.
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