21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Married, With Roommates. “From the point of view of couples, the cash collected from a roommate can outweigh the trade-offs as rents in the city continue to rise. The median monthly rent in March in Manhattan was $3,395, up 6.1 percent over the same period in 2014, the second highest level reached in more than seven years, according to the appraiser Jonathan J. Miller in a report for Douglas Elliman. And renters aren’t finding much relief in Brooklyn or Queens, where rents have been increasing for some time.”


“If we were living in any other city,” said Dr. Gill, 30, an attending physician at SUNY Downstate, “the situation would not exist: a married couple living with a roommate and his boyfriend. It’s New York City.”

The rent is too damned high.