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Only Mennonites Need Apply

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To pay $460 a month in rent and live near Gramercy Park is but a pipe dream for most of us. But if you're a member of the Mennonite faith, it's completely possible. East 19th Street's "Menno House," as it's called, is a four-story brick townhouse with 13 bedrooms and communal events like Soup Tuesdays. Traditionally associated with bonnets and horse-drawn carriages, the sect split from the Amish in the 17th century and even today's progressive urban-dwelling followers emphasize similar values like modesty, simplicity, and service to the community; Menno House in this way acts as a buffer of sorts to the very, very, very immodest world of Manhattan. [Metropolis]