"[NEW YORK] Zaarath and Christopher Prokop -- and their two cats -- live in
the smallest apartment in the city, a 175-square-foot "microstudio" in
Morningside Heights the couple bought three months ago for $150,000 [$857/sq
With pic and detailed floor plan
Wow. The amount of money they piss away on restaurants must be epic. They
could probably afford a "real" apt. if they actually cooked their food
instead of eating all meals out. Their "maintenance fee" is more than my
mortgage payment AND my taxes, yet their entire apartment would fit in my
living room. And my house is only 1800 sq ft. I think keeping two cats in a
space that small amounts to animal cruelty. Those people are nuts.
These people remind me of a couple in CA who had a mudslide destroy their
home years ago. The guy looked dejected, but the woman had this manic smile
on her face while she shoveled broken glass and 3 feet of mud out of her
living room. She turned to the camera and said, "Well, I'd MUCH rather be
shoveling broken glass than snow!"
Umm, okaaaay, she'd rather shovel glass and mud out of her HOUSE than shovel
snow on the SIDEWALK? Really? I got the same vibe from the 175sq ft hamster
cage couple. Weird, creepy, and out of touch with normal.
There's a great quote around:
The problem with people is that they will get used to anything.
I might add, Or rationalize anything.
And, it's not so much that these two hamsters opt for a certain kind of
wheel-spinning lifestyle. What gets me more is that they willingly allow
some real estate predator to gouge them for the privilege of living in a rat
cage. Along with lost general sensibilities, we seem to have lost any sense
of justice or of "what is correct".
The whole country rationalizes economic rape. It's just recently, when the
rape occurs with a fishhook, that we start to complain.
Well...as long as they dump the litter and replace it with fresh every
single day (or scoop it several times a day) it should be fine. I prefer 1.5
cats per box (two boxes for every three cats), but 2 cats to one box is ok.
Hell, they don't have room for more than one box. And they have to feed the
cats ON the counter? I guess that's ok, since they never have any food
there. Again, those people are crazy.
"Maybe I'll just get Christmas-tree pajamas and wear them around,"
laughed Zaarath. "That'll be good."
They could use a wall bed and get another inch or two of space :-/
So they live in a 'house' that is smaller than either one of my
'garden sheds'. But. . . upper Manhattan for $150K ain't bad.
People pay a lot more than that for a parking space.
"The couple will pay off their mortgage in two years, . . . . They
will then be saddled only with their maintenance fee, which is just
over $700 a month.
Don't know which is more beyond my comprehension - that they only will
have a 2 yr mortgage-- or that their 'rent' will still be $700. Do
you still have property taxes in a co-op- or is that part of the
I'm not so sure...
"Condo or co-op? What's the difference?"
Property taxes: Because condos are owned individually, they appear in
the property tax rolls as separate entities and, accordingly,
individual owners are taxed separately.
The entire property co-op is owned by the corporation, so it appears
on the tax rolls as a single piece of property. The corporation pays
the property taxes and passes along the cost to the tenant-
shareholders, usually as part of the monthly maintenance fee.
I could live there alone with maybe an aquarium, but the cats have to
go. But for that moany you can almost buy a mansion here in
Agreed. But IMHO, anybody who voluntarily lives in Manhattan is insane
by definition. (Of course, maybe they have never been off the island and
simply don't know any better. They did a survey once, and a surprising
percentage of 20-somethings had never been elsewhere. It just never came
up, and since they live at the center of the known universe, they had no
reason to be curious.)
Didn't The City of New York try some of those hi-tech automated
restrooms at one time? Two legged critters took up residence in
them and turned the program into an expensive boondoggle, that
experience could give you an idea of the cost of upkeep of a tiny
abode in Manhattan. *snicker*
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