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Return of the Rent Party?

New York City's bad old days might not be coming back anytime soon, but maybe rent parties are? The Journal's Metropolis blog has a report from the Lower East Side's Village East Towers, a Mitchell-Lama building where Jazz musician and substitute teacher Susan Kramer has resorted to throwing soirees with $5 suggested donations to help her pay her rent. The next hot trend after pajama jeans? [Wall Street Journal]