The city wants to restore the Upper West Side’s 79th Street Boat Basin as a waterfront resource for the community. Last month, the Parks Department presented a $90 million proposal to Community Board 7 that would reconstruct docks damaged by previous storms, add additional boating berths to increase capacity, and make the area more resilient to climate change. According to the West Side Rag, the board, as well as many residents, support the project.
Now that we know it is very possible to live a (reasonably) comfortable life on a 200-square-foot boat with your significant other and a dog, there’s no reason to pass up this opportunity to stretch out on a 28-foot sailboat for next to nothing. As Brokelyn first reports, artist Hannes Bend, is offering up his Bronx-docked boat up to anyone who wants to live a seafaring life—with the convenience of the city just handful of subway lines and stops away, of course—pretty much for free.
When most New Yorkers want to start shaving money off the monthly rent bill they shack up with roommates, move far out in the boroughs, or relocate altogether. But this savvy couple found a way to save more than $4,500 a month without leaving downtown Manhattan, though they did sacrifice significantly on space (h/t Curbed).
Mel Magazine made a video, “A Couple’s Guide to Living on a Boat in New York in Winter,” that profiles Victoria Fine and Jon Vidar, who share a 200-square-foot houseboat that’s docked in the East River, along with their dog. Jon says he’s been known to be “a drunken sailor” at times, but that being hungover on a boat is probably the worst part of sea living. And they both agree that you can forget personal space, with Victorian referencing a recent time she was sick with a cold.