Oddly, it's not really that high in the specific areas in which they reside.
Just a small example, you can eat in an Hispanic neighborhood in Queens more cheaply than you can on average than in, say, Pensacola, Florida or Bay Minette, Alabama.
Rent and groceries are higher but so are salaries.
It's only in the affluent sections of NY like Manhattan and Brooklyn all along the river that you see the crazy prices people visiting notice.
I'm not saying NY doesn't have it's huge struggles right now with a lot of people working very long hours, living frugally and still struggling to make ends meet just like in the rest of America. That's abundantly clear.
However, at the same time, those willing to work that much can probably have a bit better chance of actually saving a little money compared to a lot of other places, especially immigrants who usually live frugally to the point of absurdity.
This post was edited on 4/26 at 1:10 pm