Iggy Pop was filmed doing a walking tour of his neighborhood (he lived at Christodora House during this time) in the early 90’s in downtown New York City.
If I was going to envy a situation it would be not having had any money to buy property in downtown NYC in the early-mid 90’s. There were 1 BR condos near SoHo going for $200k in new buildings.
To give you an idea of what it was like to live in NYC as a younger person clubs were more about dressing outrageously to get in vs. bottle service, people still danced, there were less tourists, graffiti could be found on buildings and there were still regular coffeeshop/diner places. I found a 2BR apartment for rent on Chrystie and Elizabeth through a broker for $1025 that was double the size of an average space. All I did was walk in to a rental office out of curiosity. This place was huge! I doubt it would even be available today at a rent less than $5K/mo. There was a living room AND a dining room, 2 full bedrooms and bathrooms!!! I later figured out the entire building likely had been evicted or something because everything was brand new, including appliances which was unheard of.