Billboards have popped up in Bushwick, Soho and Midtown exhorting locals to go west (till they reach I-75 in Michigan, that is) and work for a poised-to-launch Thai restaurant, Katoi, according to Business Insider. It’s a ballsy PR move for the eatery, considering it can’t possibly employ everyone who may be seeking employment, but hey, we’re biting.
So, we got to thinking: How much cheaper would it be for a Bushwick resident to up stakes and settle in Detroit? And what type of housing would they find there? According to MNS Real Estate’s February 2015 rental report, the average one-bedroom in Bushwick runs $1,991 a month.
In Detroit, that could easily get you:
• A 1408-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath loft downtown, per Zillow.
• A 1443-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath loft on a street called Broadway, no less, that promises to bring the “refinement of upper Manhattan to Detroit,” per Postlets.
• A spacious, 1800-square-foot loft with two parking spots in a building that includes access to a fitness center, too (also via Postlets).
• A renovated 1000-square-foot, one-bedroom loft for $1,100 in nearby Royal Oak that, according to Craigslist, has laundry facilities and a pool. (Also: Royal Oak, which boasts 5.3 miles of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, is pretty cool.)
For anyone who does want to ditch NYC for Detroit, Belt Magazine has a must-read book suggestion. The title? How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, which author Aaron Foley says will be "a guide for newcomers, wannabe gentrifiers, clueless suburbanites, Detroit haters and everyone in between."
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