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What/Where: A 600sqft one-bedroom apartment in a prime Gramercy area off Third Avenue, in an elevator building with a laundry room. Renting for $2,200 a month.
Looks Good, Right?: The price isn't peanuts, but the apartment is a nice size for a one-bedroom rental and the building isn't the typical rundown walk-up. Also, the apartment has an interesting past: It was once used as a secret gambling den. Wow your friends with this fascinating piece of New York City history!
The Catch!: We meant recent New York City history. That illegal casino? It was run by the previous tenants, and "the door is even dented up where the cops had to bust in." Not as glamorous as the Boardwalk Empire era, and that's only Catch #1. Notice anything about the view?
It doesn't have much of one, because the apartment is completely windowless. It was happened upon by broker and blogger Pauline Millard, who is becoming the city's foremost expert on depressing hovels. According to Millard, the super mentioned "he would really like it if the next tenant was a massage parlor." Ick. But hey, decent kitchen and a big bedroom! Calling all vampires?
· A Room Without A View: The Windowless Gramercy Apartment -- $2200! [la pauline 2.0]