WHO: Gossip doyenne Liz Smith says when she moved to New York in the late 1940s, she would eat crackers and ketchup to save money. We wish we could afford such a fancy meal. After paying our mortgage, phone and Con Ed this month we’ve been eating air to save money, and we’re still short.
WHERE: Since 1979, Smith has lived and worked in Murray Hill, where the median rental price is $3,495 and the median sales price is $850,000.
WHAT'S AVAILABLE: For a rental that hits the median price, check out this one-bedroom, one-bath at Second Avenue and 36th Street. For exactly the median sales price, there's a one-bedroom, one-bath co-op and a similar sized condo on the market.