There’s not a lot we haven’t seen in terms of less-than-ideal but overpriced real estate, from an $1,800 Manhattan rental with a shower in the kitchen to a $1.2 million trailer in the Hamptons. And just last week, a story surfaced about a cupboard-like rental underneath a London stairwell going for $750 a month. To poke fun at the absurd lengths people go to in order to live in the city’s best neighborhoods, Alana Reali, a bartender at Lower East Side dive bar Local 138, posted an ad on Craigslist advertising the bar’s 15-square-foot graffiti-covered bathroom as a $30/week rental, reports the Post. Calling it a “hip artist loft,” the listing says “room includes a window, a door, your very own bathroom and walls dressed with authentic NYC street art. Hot water included. I provide a space heater for the winter months.”
Shortly after posting, Reali was inundated with requests, like this one from a gullible NYU student: “This place is perfect for me and I am interested, only I did not really understand how the situation works. Can you please elaborate a bit?”
Here’s the full gag listing:
Love brunch? Totally heart NYC? I have a cozy artist loft available 10/1 in the heart of the edgiest neighborhood in Manhattan. A stones throw from organic grocery stores, the hottest brunch spots and hipster bars.
Room includes a window, a door, your very own bathroom and walls dressed with authentic NYC street art. Hot water included. I provide a space heater for the winter months.
The photos above would be your bedroom. The neighbors are kind of shitty but you can’t beat this price!
The shower is located at the Comfort Inn next door. I’ll personally introduce you to the door man Juan Pablo. Juan only works two nights a week so plan accordingly.
Looking for a roommate that doesn’t bring the party home, doesn’t smoke cigarettes (e-cigs OK) 420 friendly. No overnight guests. Week to week. If I like you, you’ll have a chance to take over the lease as I’m moving to Williamsburg in January to be closer to Five Leaves (which by the way is my FAV brunch spot)
This is a rare opportunity to have a Manhattan zip code for Ohio prices. Looking forward to meeting my new best friend.
Alana Reali, who moved to the city five years ago at the age of 28, told the Post, “I can see why people didn’t know it was a joke. People will do anything to live here and pursue their dreams. I’ve gone through great lengths to live here. I’ve lived in a room without a window.”
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Neighborhoods : Lower East Side