The worst thing about articles about having a crappy $625 apartment in Brooklyn are invariably the comments by people who live in other parts of the country who are paying a comparable amount for homes with in-ground heated swimming pools. Here's your chance!
I have such fond memories of paying $1350 for a room in a fifth floor walk-up which obviously used to be a studio prior to the addition of two illegal walls. There was a skylight! It leaked. The lock broke constantly. I'm pretty sure there was a broker's fee. The guy who fixed things lived in Flushing. But, you know, it was on Thompson between Bleecker and West 3rd between two different chess stores.
How many water bugs and car alarms do you get for your rent?