Friday, February 03, 2006

Solution to NYC Rent Crisis?

These guys put out a Craigslist ad for a mattress hung from their ceiling-$35 a month--and several starving 20somethings responded, including one young woman who spent the previous night on the A-train.

We thought about doing the same thing in our apartment, with a hammock on the balcony.

This comic pretty much sums it up.


Andrewx1966 said...

Not everyone has to live in New York, particularly Manhattan. I would like to live in Chicago myself, but I don't have a job there. PLUS, it would be more expensive. Sometimes there are compromises in life.

About the comic:

It isn't an absolute right to own property. Some people can't; some people have to work up to it. Most 25 year olds will never instantly be successful in New York.


geekinger said...

Hi Anya,

Congrats on all the success of the book.

I used to live in a Williamsburg loft with three bedrooms. Two of the rooms were great sizes, but the third room was just wide enough for a mattress. We circulated through a few roommates of that room, the last (and still current) one being a young NY police officer who desperately wanted to live in the hip part of the city.

He built himself a raised loft bed to have space for his stuff below, but ultimately could not tolerate sleeping up near the ceiling and opted for MY living room couch every night (drool and all).

I'll never talk poorly about NY's finest, but he had so much trouble finding a room in Williamsburg because of his occupation that ultimately he was willing to pay more for his tiny space than the rent of either of the two larger rooms.

Interesting how identity places such a big role is where one lives...


Andrewx1966 said...

Brief comment about Geekinger's post:

I am sorry that police officers often don't make much money. However, this particular police officer doesn't have to live in the "hip part of the city". Living in a "less hip, less expensive" area might be smarter for someone on a limited income. He is making a choice to live on a sofa in a very upscale area. That is his right, but he is still making a choice.



Tsk, young, and so little empathy! Are you really "sorry," Andrew or are you just a defender of the status quo? It's not an "abolute right" that the wealthiest people in the U.S. don't pay taxes either; they managed to buy the government while the rest of us weren't really paying attention--or imagining that we would be one of the lucky millionaires someday.
But, in sooth, you're right: Housing isn't an "absolute right" either, unless people make it their right. When school teachers and artists and sundry other types of people who have made NYC desirable to live in by hanging in there when others deserted it are priced out of the very neighborhoods that they made interesting, that's an injustice to be lamented at the very least and struggled against at best; absolute rights notwithstanding.

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