Yesterday, the pilot for web series 'The Bedford Stop' started making the rounds, and as will happen, New York-centric corners of the Internet lost their respective minds about the "reality show despair vortex" and its depiction of a dull—but wealthy!—entirely white crew of friends brunching and Tinder-ing their way through Williamsburg. (Never forget the Brooklyn Girls panic of summer 2014.)
While we're inclined to agree with the likes of both Brokelyn (which called it "too stupid to get mad at") and NYLON (which dubbed the Bedford Stop "a documentary series so unblinking and honest that the viewer feels transported into the lives of the people who define the area now"), mostly, we found ourselves curious at what the deal is with these girls' apartments, and their undoubtedly astronomical rents. (Lest there be any question about the money fueling this whole endeavor, star Alex Sosner told Bedford + Bowery, “I love my apartment, it’s the best apartment. I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t live there– except for the price," adding that the rent is "not doable" for most people.)
While we don't know exactly where Alex, Olena, and their cohorts bunk down in the 'Burg—and it'd probably be poor form to publish their addresses, anyway—we can cruise current listings for places that look like what's featured on the show, and extrapolate accordingly.
In the pilot episode, "Tinder Me Softly," we see Alex in her "not doable" apartment, a bright, brand-new-looking rental with huge windows and ample counter space, in a building that likely didn't exist five years ago. In fact, it looks exactly like this $4,246/month three-bedroom at 456 Grand, a building that describes itself as "brand spanking new apartments[...] a short stroll from the best Brooklyn nightlife." Assuming she's actually got two other roomies, that clocks her hypothetical rent in at just above $1,400/month.