The asking rents for these rooms (if you can call them rooms)are insane....but this is what things have come to.
I work in the part of the industry that is governed by HUD Fair Market Rents. Basically, HUD states how much it is willing to pay for a unit based market conditions. The rate is not designed to pay for "nice" units, merely ones that can meet the quality and habitability standards.
Efficiency $1,183One-Bedroom $1,280Two-Bedroom $1,424Three-Bedroom $1,752Four-Bedroom $1,970
The only places we obtain for these rates are really far from Manhattan and/or in a state of bad repair and/or are in really violent neighborhoods.
However, I know that if HUD were to increase the rates, it would make the disparity between what they pay to house poor/disabled people in NYC vs the rest of the country even greater, which will be politically and financially untenable.
Needless to say, this same funding could get you a really nice apartment in many parts of the country. In those parts, the HUD FMR funds available are far less, but you still end up with a nicer unit....
These rooms are what you end up with when you don't make enough money to get a decent place. Move back with the parents. It's probably less embarrassing.
I'm imagining myself as a twenty something, and trying to think which option would inhibit the chances of getting sex the most:
These rooms, OR living with my parents?
It is a tough call.
When I first moved to the city 10 yrs ago I had a room that just fit a twin bed and a desk, no windows. I paid $850/mo for it but it was in Soho.
The tent in Greenpoint doesn't look so bad for $400.
@Whynot---Live with the parents, find a motel with short stay rates.
If I am ever twenty something again, I will take your advice.
Wow, I really didn't like my first place in the Slope but I had it made. $550 for a decent-sized studio in 1994. Of course, the only closet was in the bathroom so your clothes would get mildewed in the summer, it was roach infested, everybody else in the building except the stoner guy seemed permanently angry and prone to barn-burning fight with their partners on a weekly basis, and...well that was pretty much it, so not too bad!
Oh nice site!! I'm trying to see if i could spot one of my units LOL. Some of my tenants get roommates .
Also from a poor landlord who lives with parents.I know guys who have roommates get more action than I get dates in decades! don't go back to live with your parents!!!
I am kind of disappointed that this site hasn't shown any of the rooms that are for rent to those people even more on the margins of society:
-Those inhabited by undocumented workers, who are working off their passage to the US, as modern day indentured servants.
Horrifying! But trust me.. reasonable people in PS rent rooms with light, amenities, furniture at only slightly more than those rents.
Yes, such nicer rooms are available not only on the basis of being able to pay more, but also on factors that make one more attractive/suitable as an apartment/house mate.
Typically these to include:-Having good credit-Being able to put down first months rent, plus security-Being employed-Being the same gender as the leaseholder-Being approximately the same age-Sharing similar interests-Making a good impression....
My sense is that those who don't/can't succeed at these things, end up renting a room from someone who can not be selective, which is often correlated to the location and neighborhood of the room available for rent.
The actual "worst rooms" are in places like this:
...although the story covers a venue that cater to Chinese immigrants, and those with psychiatric disabilities and drug addictions, there are similar ones in Richmond Hill area that cater to people from India.
Wow! Can't imagine anything being worse then that.
Reliable sources tell me that the ones in Richmond Hill are the worst, and I doubt a reporter will ever be able to get in there.
Here's another article on the ones that "cater" to those with psychiatric disabilities and drug addictions:
The city is in the following position: If it closes them, it has to offer them with housing in the shelter system. ...a system that is presently over flowing, expensive to run, and has long lengths of stay as a result of the city's soaring rents.
Hence, everyone has agreed that the situation is best ignored.
....when there is a fire that kills 12, there is finger pointing.
People who are trying to help the situation: http://www.mfy.org/projects/illegal-boarding-house-project/
wow the dog cage takes the cake!! reminds me of the photos of
AW-There used to be a lot more cage places than there are now.
In Manhattan, they were on the lower Bowery, as well as on East Broadway.
They served mainly Chinese immigrants, who had been brought over as indentured servants to work in the factories and in food service.
In Hong Kong, housing is so expensive relative to the means of the poor that 170,000 people live in stacked cubicles.
It is difficult to "offer" such housing on a large scale in NYC. However, as I expect to see more people living in really cramped quarters as the cost of housing continues to rise for those unable to access housing for the disabled.
Note, these places are all "first world" cities.
Let's return to NYC.
The folks at John Jay just put out a pretty well written report on what are known as "3/4 Houses"
You can read it if you like, but I'll save you the work: They are almost at the bottom of the NYC housing food chain.
Given them all the media attention you want, but 3/4 houses are not going to go away. The city needs them too much.
And, crowded apartments that present fire traps are not going away, either:
Here's four photos of a boarding house in Chinatown taken today:
Attempts to rein in the 3/4 house industry, while being careful not to put it out of business: