One way to get a really nice apartment is to be a fictional character.
They seem to live way better than we do, even when they don’t make any more money than we do.
Publicist Ronn Torossian has noticed this amusing disparity, so he writes:
Watching the Season 5 premiere of Mad Men, I felt compelled to write about the five most unrealistic New York City apartments in pop-culture media portrayals:
1) Don Draper’s new apartment in the new season of Mad Men
With immaculate fashion style, a new Cadillac, three kids, and an expensive ex-wife, the recently divorced creative director of a recently struggling advertising agency couldn’t possibly have such a large, modern large apartment.
2) Carrie Bradshaw’s Upper East Side apartment on Sex and the City
One-bedroom walk-up in a gorgeous brownstone with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, walk-in closet, and bedroom — and it’s on a tree-lined block with great views. Seems like a lot for a newspaper columnist who goes out every night, with an expensive shoe (and other) habits.
3) You’ve Got Mail — Meg Ryan‘s character, Kathleen Kelly
In an Upper West Side brownstone, filled with light and with a nice-sized apartment, how could a single woman struggling to keep a small (and inherited) bookstore open afford an apartment like this?
4) Monica and Rachel’s Greenwich Village apartment on Friends
Amazing location, huge living room, balcony, great closets — the two-bedroom apartment isn’t believable even with the explanation that it seems to be an illegal sublet. A struggling chef and a waitress couldn’t possibly afford such an apartment.
5) Kramer’s apartment on Seinfeld
Estranged from his family, this unemployed HS dropout seemingly would have no way to live next door to Seinfeld (although raiding his neighbor’s fridge could happen). Perhaps one could make the argument that Seinfeld’s apartment was realistic, but Kramer’s? No way …