Sunday, February 25, 2007

NYC Sucks Sometimes

Reading this article makes me depressed:

"Dr. Carl Gerardi, a 39-year-old urologist in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester County, lives in a one-bedroom apartment in TriBeCa. But when the rent jumped late last year to $6,000 a month from $5,000, he decided that he had had enough."

Why anyone would pay that much money to live in Tribeca is beyond me. I hate that neighborhood more than any other because I was forced to work there for a year. There are only two types of restaurants there: deli's that charge $9 for a sandwich and Tribeca Grill/Megu/Nobu/Chanterelle-type places. The couple of cool bars that actually exist there, like M1-5 and The Other Room, are a pain in the ass to get to.

"For nine years, Candice Spielman, a 37-year old freelance television producer, lived in a rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side that measured about 150 square feet if you count the sleeping loft she had built over her refrigerator and desk."

Soooo sad. I think I would go crazy if I had to live in a place like that for 9 years. It sounds like a prison cell.

"When Hans Heer, a 47-year-old general manager for the Food Emporium, moved to New York last April from Cologne, Germany, he planned to rent for a few years. He first moved into an $8,000-a-month furnished apartment on East 12th Street near Broadway. It was so infested with mice, he said, that he spent his nights trying to trap them in the closet. They always seemed to break out. He had mice “jumping around my bed,” he said."

No wonder those assholes charge $1/lb for bananas