Real Life, NYC
Admittedly a little embarrassed by the untidiness, but this is my kitchen. It is perhaps a step down from my previous kitchen. I find it very difficult to keep this space clutter free.
And outsiders wonder why people move to NYC... It isn't for the living accommodations. It can be a harsh reality when a person with above average earnings can only afford this.
This may sound bazaar, but since I have a stabilized lease, I am considering spending a small chunk of change on new cabinets, new sink, faucet, stone counter (not granite) and new stove. Even though I don't own my home, the investment feels worth it because I plan to be here for a long time, I may as well enjoy my home.... And I could never afford a place that came with a nice kitchen.
Update 2010: I have graduated to a pre-war doorman co-op in Hell's Kitchen. My new kitchen isn't much better being from the early 1980s, but at 66" in width, it is a full two feet wider. As before, I still have plans to upgrade to a new kitchen, but nothing is easily done in NYC.... It will cost twice what it would cost elsewhere, and it will be a few years before it is in the budget.