A New Kind of SRO

“Single Room Occupancy” and “Rooming House” are NY code for the down and out, the unhousable. Although it is fairly common in Europe to share kitchens and bathrooms with strangers in rental accommodations, the practice has fallen out of fashion in New York City since the second half of the twentieth century. According to this NY Times article, shared kitchens and baths are more common among the city’s young and creative than you might have thought.

Often easier than dealing with strangers as actual roommates–with all the financial pitfalls that entails, people are more than willing to share public areas with people they don’t really know in order to save several hundred dollars a month. The article is quick to point out that some of these arrangements may be operating in a gray area of the law. I was reminded of this Times article from 2006, “Out of College but Now Living in Urban Dorms” about a woman who opened an urban dormitory for post-college young professional adults in Harlem, also an interesting read.

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