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Dream Houses

Best-selling essayist Sloane Crosley tackles that issue so near and dear to our hearts on the NYT's Opinionator blog: real estate envy. Her new apartment has a coveted dishwasher, but she can't shake a recurring dream that may have something to do with her friend's art-filled loft and the huge Ansonia apartment that belonged to her great-grandmother: "I dream that I open my closet and find an uninhabited, rent-free apartment connected to my own. Apparently a lot of people have this dream, although for some, they open the refrigerator or the medicine cabinet instead — I guess it's a vice-dependent scenario." [Opinionator]