Glorified closets. Kitchen showers. Some New Yorkers will settle for anything so long as it puts them near the action. And that's why this gag listing from Craigslist, for a $30/week stay in a dive bar bathroom, could actually be confused for the real thing. "I have a cozy artist loft available 10/1 in the heart of the edgiest neighborhood in Manhattan," the listing begins, replicating some well-worn brokerbabble, "Room includes a window, a door, your very own bathroom and walls dressed with authentic NYC street art." That's all true of the 15-square-foot room, but the listing doesn't say if its BYO disinfectant. The shower? At "the Comfort Inn next door." A few Lower East Side bar hoppers may recognize the pictured digs as the restroom for dive bar Local 138. The listing elaborates, " The neighbors are kind of shitty but you can't beat this price!" (Get it?)
The gag listing was posted by one of Local 138's bartenders, but the stunt turned out to be all too real. The Post reports that within hours of publishing the ad, the bartender's inbox was full of inquiries about the pad. "This place is perfect for me and I am interested, only I did not really understand how the situation works. Can you please elaborate a bit?" one NYU student (who is chill not moving to Bushwick) wrote. Others were right on pace. "im a 21 year old guy who likes guys and I'm pretty sure I've been in that bar bathroom a few times. if the universe loves me and you haven't already found someone feel free to call/text me."
Find the full listing here and the text, below.
Love brunch? Totally heart NYC? I have a cozy artist loft available 10/1 in the heart of the edgiest neighborhood in Manhattan. A stones throw from organic grocery stores, the hottest brunch spots and hipster bars. Room includes a window, a door, your very own bathroom and walls dressed with authentic NYC street art. Hot water included. I provide a space heater for the winter months.
The photos above would be your bedroom. The neighbors are kind of shitty but you can't beat this price!
The shower is located at the Comfort Inn next door. I'll personally introduce you to the door man Juan Pablo. Juan only works two nights a week so plan accordingly.
Looking for a roommate that doesn't bring the party home, doesn't smoke cigarettes (e-cigs OK) 420 friendly. No overnight guests. Week to week. If I like you, you'll have a chance to take over the lease as I'm moving to Williamsburg in January to be closer to Five Leaves (which by the way is my FAV brunch spot)
This is a v rare opportunity to have a Manhattan zip code for Ohio prices. Looking forward to meeting my new best friend.