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If you lived in the East or West Village, where, when and how much rent you paid? From Facebook!

Bruce Dundore ‎$1600 in 1989. At Archives.
11 hours ago ·
Stuart Ezrin ‎1986, I lived at 110 Perry St.(west village) in a 275 sq foot studio and paid approx.750/month.
11 hours ago ·
Christin Johnson Lynch Huge 1 bd apt in brownstone - Gramercy Park (141 E 18th St - Irving/3rd) 1974- 1978 $400 - 440. Furnished with gorgeous antiques and
a maid once a week. What was I thinking when I moved out?!
11 hours ago ·
Marlena Langston Yannetti ‎566 Hudson, across from the white Horse Tavern. 150 per month. Even had a fireplace...one bedroom.
11 hours ago ·
Tom Houghton Asc ‎$200 per month in the 1970's on e. 5h street, between 2nd and 3rd.
9 hours ago ·
Sandi Bachom I have two strains going, not sure how i did that, i'll take them all and put them on the festival site, this is really bumming me out these
rents, we didn't worry about money either....
9 hours ago ·
Kenny Davis I lived on E 13th and Second, above the Second Avenue Deli - the rent was so low I think they were paying me!
6 hours ago ·
Wednesday Kennedy ‎10th Street, between first and second avn in 2005/2006
a tiny little studio with a floor that warped $1500 per month.
5 hours ago ·
Carlton Chase I lived in the East Village on the top floor of a walk up by the park, in a split level, with roof access, on East 10th near the park, in
'88(?), and it was $1500/month, I think. My memory is clogged with
sleep deprivation from a whirlwind tour of Atlanta.
2 hours ago ·
Douglas Milt you were a brave man back then... and oh so chic today. hells' angels for neighbor's... and of course "mother's studio"
2 hours ago ·
Richard Frank In the mid 60's I lived near Sheridan Sq. Bedford & Commerce sts. Sunny 2 bedroom
5th flr. walkup with big kithchen for $135 a month!
about an hour ago ·
Jimmie Young West Village 22 King St. Bet. 6th & Varrick late 60s tiny 1 bedroom 5 story walk-up, living room, dining area Tiny unfurnished space $115.
a month. I hate to think what they might be charging for that place
now!!

  • Paul Matson late 60's late 70's East 10th 3rd and 2nd, The Albert Hotel East 10th and Univ. West Village, Perry Street, East 12 , 4th Ave...I only
    remember E. 12th, big 1 br $350, high rise,
    5 hours ago ·
  • Peter Jason Greenwich and Horatio $275 a mo.1969-77
    4 hours ago ·
  • Phil Parmet ‎12th. Street & 2nd. Ave 1 bedroom 1979, $175/mo.
    about an hour ago ·
  • Neal Marshad ‎10th St. & 2nd Ave. across from Second Ave. Deli. 1971-72 one bedroom $125/mo.
    • Ben Pesta Jane Street, the block immediately east of Washington; 1976-77; one BR; $350/month!
      Yesterday at 5:03pm ·
    • Deborah Newman Wow -- very similar to me. I lived at 31 Jane (corner of 8th Ave) from 1974-76. I paid $250/month for a studio.
      Yesterday at 5:30pm ·
    • Fred Pohlman First apartment... 3 rooms..$75 a month!... But remember...an egg cream was only about 6 cents in 1965! Had a big apartment on Thompson St. in
      the 70's $185 a mo.
      Yesterday at 5:39pm ·
    • Dan Beach ‎1959 - 148 Bleecker St. - 4th floor walkup - bathtub was large sink in the kitchen - fire escape perfect for evenings drinking Ballantine Ale
      and watching beatniks in sandals at the "Cock 'n Bull" later to become
      The Bitter End - Rent: $175 a month!
      Yesterday at 5:49pm ·
    • Sandi Bachom oh this is amazing guys, I'll cut and paste this into the GreenwichVillageMusicFestival.com site....LOVE IT!!! Keep 'em coming!
      Yesterday at 5:53pm ·
    • Fred Pohlman Actually, when we were runaways in the village, we would stay at crash pads...many on the Lower East side...and these...? Were really cheap
      like 35 and 40 to 60 a month this was 64
      Yesterday at 5:57pm ·
    • Michael Gladstone First place was 20 Renwick Street,1969, 5th floor walk up with tub in the kitchen, looked out over the Toll Plaza for the Holland Tunnel. On
      the corner was the original Half Note @ Spring and Hudson. $46.00 a
      month and it turned out he was overcharging me, it was supposed to be
      $29.00 according to rent control. So Ho before it was So Ho.....
      Yesterday at 6:00pm ·
    • Steve Elliot ‎76 Carmine street. Paid $120 for studio with a small kitchen. Moved to loft on Wooster in 73 for 2200 sq ft space with a 10 year lease @ 325 a
      month.
      23 hours ago ·
    • Marilyn Kirby ‎1967 - Ave A +10th = $60 per mo and first and last month free
      1969 - 5 Morton ( bleeker) = $8o per mo and $100.00 fixture fee to a friend -
      22 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman The very very very very first though?.....I was 16, and there was a rooming house on 12th street. It was 10 dollars a week... I couldn't
      afford it though and got kicked out after a couple of weeks. I remember
      it was filled with roaches and smelled like roach spray! I wept the
      first night! It was warm though!
      22 hours ago ·
    • Marilyn Kirby this is beautiful
      22 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman I love it!
      22 hours ago ·
    • Ellen Simons I lived in the West Village during the 60s, across the street from the 9th Circle. I can't remember how much rent I paid but as I was only
      earning $4000 per YEAR it couldn't have been much.
      22 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom gosh it would be so cool if you guys could put this up on the festival site, it will be gone here on FB tomorrow...which doesn't
      archive....it's just so wonderful, i had no idea...
      22 hours ago ·
    • Marilyn Kirby where?
      22 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom http://greenwichvillagemusicfestival.ning.com/group/ilivedinthevillage if you sign up at greenwichvillagemusicfestival.com and the group is at this link on the front page in groups...I'm adding this stain cause it's so cool!
      22 hours ago ·
    • Donna LeVan Printing House at corner of Leroy and Hudson, mid 90s, $2200/month for a duplex loft one-bedroom...LOVED that apartment!
      21 hours ago ·
    • Donna LeVan Printing House at corner of Leroy and Hudson, mid 90s, $2200/month for a duplex loft one-bedroom...LOVED that apartment!
      21 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom don't get me started....I live in Peter Cooper, the biggest real estate default in US history..LOL
      21 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom don't get me started....I live in Peter Cooper, the biggest real estate default in US history..LOL I remember when you lived there Donna,
      wasn't that SpotCheck days? Doesn't Monica Luwinsky live there?
      21 hours ago ·
    • Donna LeVan Don't know about Monica Lewinsky, but Jon Stewart lived there while I was there. And yes, it was the home of the SpotCheck launch party.
      21 hours ago ·
    • Dan Schneider ‎21 WEST 12 STREET in late 70s and early 80s.....rent around 700 I think
      21 hours ago ·
    • Dan Schneider ‎21 WEST 12 STREET in late 70s and early 80s.....rent around 700 I think
      21 hours ago ·
    • Blair Breard Avenue A between 12th & 13th, 1981. $185/month, bakery downstairs. Richard Hell & Allen Ginsburg in the building behind.
      21 hours ago ·
    • Blair Breard Avenue A between 12th & 13th, 1981. $185/month, bakery downstairs. Richard Hell & Allen Ginsburg in the building behind.
      21 hours ago ·
    • Doug Ludwig St. Mark's Place, 1976... they paid me (I worked on the building)
      20 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman
      I remember the 12th street place..I met a pretty girl who I guess lived on the block...Elizabeth Swados I believe it was!. she was a kid...I
      was kid too...I told her of my plight there in the 10 dollar a week
      room on 12th street. She comfor...ted
      me on that 12th street venture. She was 'real'...and represented 'hope'
      to me...and...she was curious I guess. Sooo so many I used to see and
      meet for a second here.. ...and there over the years...some became so
      famous...most just died and were forgotten! Those that live probably
      wouldn't remember me. I saw some of your pics of the era Sandi. I
      recognized Paul Levine on the square singing; one of my first memories
      of the village! I felt....they were so Noble... I wanted to be a part
      of it... of 'them'.. all! We were all fucking destitute! So many crash
      pads...and even then...we couldn't always get the money to keep them up.
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      20 hours ago ·
    • Doug Ludwig Elizabeth Swados? I remember her from Bennington somewhat.
      20 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom oh this is the best strain ever in the history of FB, so funny my friend Tim just told me this week he was in an Elizabeth Swados play....
      20 hours ago ·
    • Tom Tom Slocum in 1966, a Small loft, Bleeker and Broadway, 76.00, a month..
      20 hours ago ·
    • Jane Raab ‎116 Perry Street - 1971-1974. $115/month. Serpico was my neighbor.
      Bought and sold the key. Secondhand Rose was on the corner.
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman I can't go into detail..but yes..had contact with Frank Serpico too in those days! Had no idea who he was ( or would be) ; but come to think
      of it, neither did he at that time!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman You have a knack Sandi... a 'knack... for bringing out something special here'!!!!!!...Is this healthy...hmmm...I think so!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman You have a knack Sandi... a 'knack... for bringing out something special here'!!!!!!...Is this healthy...hmmm...I think so!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman Will check in, in the morning!...good night!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Sandi Bachom this strain is starting to depress me ....LOL.. I lived on 22nd street in three different apartments for the past 40 years....7th and 22nd,
      2nd and 22nd and now 1rst and 22nd. This started cause Garland Jeffreys
      talked about an apartment in alphabet city for 66 $ a month...three
      rooms!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman Ahhh Sandi! Also around 22nd street...I lived in various rooms of the 'Hotel Irving'....years there!...Incredible memories and friendships
      made. Was best friends with Richard Briggs from the Frost show who
      lived there many years. Met Harvey Firestein there.! Soooooooo Much in
      that weird neighborhood!
      19 hours ago ·
    • Fred Pohlman About Garland!...he was one of the only people I never really 'knew' there! Of course I met him a number of times, and saw him in the street
      quite often, but...never really got to know him! always wondered about
      that 'OtHER" circle !...???????? "Who" or 'What'.... was this other
      circle? He seemed so well known about town;, but, I didn't have a clue!
      I guess you were a part of that 'Circle'! I think this festival of
      your's will be the ultimate 'reunion'!
      18 hours ago ·
    • Barbara Bernstein-Perrucci ‎'79, chelsea, studio apt. very cheap because i couldn't have lived there otherwise .. $400+? w. 21'st st.
      6 hours ago ·
    • Robert Riemann ‎1969 $210 on 10th Street, one room, pullman kitchen, large terris that we could fill with plants and still have room to barbaque. Rent
      Controlled.
      4 hours ago ·
    • Barbara Bernstein-Perrucci one night i had the window open, slept next to the window, all my plants were on the sill ... when i woke up someone had taken the little
      plates u keep the pots on. i was 3 ft away from the window & slept
      thru it. freaked me out! @Robert R your place sounds like it was
      great.. one friend actually had a backyard on w. 14th st.

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Comment by Sandi Sylver on December 29, 2013 at 11:07pm

1968--1971, paid $75 a month, for my top floor walk-up (6th floor/88 steps), tub in kitchen & WC in the hall, at 107 Thompson Street, between Prince & Spring.  The businesses on either side were Mary Fanelli's candy store & Augie's imported coffees (and numbers &hot merchandise).  Next door to Mary's was da social club.

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