Three recession-hit New Yorkers said they have found a way to keep living in the city they love: They each pay $100 a month to pitch a tent in a friend's yard.

New York University graduates Louis Frank, 22, and Simon Levy, 22, and their pal Emerson Brown, 22, said their friend, who lives in a $2,250-per-month duplex apartment with five other people in the city's Brooklyn borough, allows them the three one-man tents in the back yard plus kitchen and bathroom privileges for the monthly fee, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"We're trying to make ends meet at a time when it's hard to make ends meet," said Frank, who moved into his $169 tent June 1.

"We have parents that could give us money to get an apartment," he said, "but it's nice to be independent."

Levy said he is living in the tent while he shops law schools.

"Some of the best law schools are in New York," he said. "New York is the greatest city in the world, but you do have to ask yourself: Is it worth it to live here if you have to work twice as hard to pay rent?"