March 18th, 2009

multiple roommates in New York apartments

Setting: present day NYC (or surrounding areas)
Searched: New York apartment, New York apartment set up, New York fiction guide

I'm writing a fic series about a group of characters from various TV shows living together in an imaginary neighborhood in New York and going on grand adventures. The only problem is that I'm not quite sure how NYC apartments work. Where I live, it is quite common for apartments to be split-up houses and have multiple bedrooms.

Two questions:
1) Is an apartment suitable for four roommates living in separate quarters something that's common in NYC?

2) If so, could it be affordable for four people with middle class/upper middle class jobs? (I can stretch this a bit ala Friends)

If this doesn't really exist in New York, I don't have my heart set on it. If it's a set up that's more likely right outside of the city but still on the metro line (like Poughkeepsie), that would work, too.