Are these TV digs for real?

Fic­tional NYC abodes of­ten stretch the truth.

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - BY NICKI DEMARCO, CAITLIN MOORE, AARON STECKELBERG AND SHELLY TAN

When you think of New York hous­ing, you prob­a­bly pic­ture ei­ther the typ­i­cal real-life ver­sion — a hovel that can barely fit the rats that in­fest it — or the pop­u­lar TV ver­sion: a sprawl­ing, sun-drenched par­adise.

While some se­ries por­tray New York real es­tate fairly ac­cu­rately, many have turned a blind eye to what its char­ac­ters would ac­tu­ally be able to af­ford in the Big Ap­ple’s hous­ing mar­ket. Car­rie Brad­shaw’s spa­cious stu­dio with a walk-in closet? Trust us, news­pa­per colum­nists with a shoe

ad­dic­tion don’t live like this.

“Girls” is an ex­am­ple of the strides TV shows have made in il­lus­trat­ing New York City liv­ing with a de­gree of re­al­ism. But it still falls short of get­ting it just right.

As the HBO se­ries ended last month, we looked at how the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has rep­re­sented New York real es­tate, for bet­ter or for worse, from the Bunkers in Queens to our “Friends” in the West Vil­lage. (Oh, how we wish we lived with Mon­ica Geller.)

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