In the umpteenth story about the raging Manhattan real estate market, rental agency Citi Habitats reports that average rents for all sizes of Manhattan apartments are up for the first time since 2001 (Between November 2003 and April 2004: "Manhattan studio went from $1,625 to $1,676; a one-bedroom from $2,308 to $2,310; a two-bedroom from $3,231 to $3,393; and a three-bedroom from $4,403 to $4,531.") Gothamist will never cease to be amazed at the Manhattan real estate market and we will never forget that at least we're not paying for a car (parking, insurance, etc.). The biggest increases have been downtown in SoHo/Tribeca, the West Village, and Chelsea. Gothamist wonders if the downtown residents who had negotiated for lower rents post-September 11 were now subjected to higher rents, or if landlords were just taking advantage of vacated apartments. A CitiHabitats broker says downtown apartments are attractive because "you get more for your buck there. There's unique housing with high ceilings." High ceilings? Does that mean a lot of lofting is going on? And we've been to some West Village apartments - we're talking "quaint ceilings."

Whet your NYC real estate appetite at Curbed, check out the rentals on craigslist, but be careful of scams and Gothamist on how the average price of an apartment is $1 million (even studios). And Ask Gothamist on ending a lease.