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Four young women took an extraordinary look at one
See their new home in the bedroom apartment in New York City, packed with their clothes, three computers, four separate phone jacks and a frivolous cat.
But as these women say, the rise in rent in Manhattan is inevitable.
And pressurized walls--
A relatively new invention, talked about by young people in this field with amazing authority --cramped city --
Make it possible.
The short version is like this: 4-
Bedroom apartments are too expensive and in short supply, so are three rooms.
No one wants to repeat the experience of poor Sophie, who used to be a roommate, sleeping in the hallway of their old apartment.
So when they finally find a 1,100square-foot one-Duplex bedroom apartment (rent: $3,255)
In the far West Village, after the Pink Floyd album, a company called "wall" came in, creating three neat bedrooms on the lower floor, along with the original bedroom
The walls are very similar to other walls except that they are not bolted, just firmly sandwiched between the floor and the ceiling.
Rooms are the same as other rooms in New York ---that is, small.
"It's not a town or country," said Merritt shidel, a 21-year-old roommate . " He works in a publishing house.
"But I think it's a good space and life is good.
Many of the people I know in this city live in very bad places, very shabby.
"As we all know, who recently watched the ad, Manhattan has already had a high rent that has climbed from the ceiling to the roof deck.
An apartment that was rented two years ago for $650 or $700 and could cost $1,000 or more today, which caught the attention of many brokers, the roommate service and the apartment listing service indicate that with age,
Old traditions in New York: double, triple or even four times, although more than three unrelated people in the apartment are technically illegal, adults have been shown to be bad living together for a long time.
Ad "do you know when you go to the circus and 50 clowns come out of the VW car?
Asked Donald Sagus, 35. year-
Old writer, editor.
"This is the case with Dongcun.
"To the extent of this build-up, there are very few exact numbers, which are mainly tormenting young people and the poor, the two groups who come to New York to seek to create a new life, who can hardly afford an apartment.
But there is a lot of performance.
Roommate Finder's business on West 57 Street is up 22% from last year, claiming to be the oldest and largest roommate in the city
Things are so bad, stories like this are repeated: Sharon Ben-this summer-
Harosh, the owner of the Manhattan flat rate moving company, told an unusual story about a woman who divorced her husband about 10 years ago.
Recently, she replied to a roommate's advertisement in a newspaper --
There is a bedroom apartment in the study, to her surprise, the man who placed the advertised apartment was her ex-husband.
It is clear that it is too expensive to decide a person's life, and the former spouse hired a gentleman. Ben-
Harlosh's Moving Company moved her back with him and lived in his apartment on the Upper East Side.
"I swear it's true . "Ben-Harosh said.
"I like the story.
I think it's too romantic. '' (
A skeptical reader should be advised that the flat rate provides the woman's name but does not have a phone number and promises to have her call the reporter.
People who claim to be women do leave a message to reporters, but sadly, in a tough real estate market, there is no number or detail left about how to rediscover love. )
Then is the busy business of installing walls to divide the apartment into smaller (if cheaper) spaces.
Many, if not most, are temporary and installed by the tenant, as the landlord does not want to be permanent, and is often an awkward partition.
But the numbers seem to be on the rise: Wang Lanlan, president of Manhattan-listed Express, said she advised more people than ever to consider buying one since spring-
Bedroom apartment, which is divided into two parts due to the high rent.
Lisa sways, owner of New York's roommate in East Village, said she barely knew anyone --
Bedroom apartment in Manhattan, not occupied by a couple and a new wall.
The ad, "It's just a common practice," she said, went through her book and found three entries received the day before.
A bedroom apartment in a luxurious building on the Upper East Side, separated by a temporary wall.
Rent for the whole room-
She said the price of the bedroom was about $1,700 and the walls reduced the price of two people to between $825 and $850.
If this practice is common, there is evidence that it is also out of control in some places, and some landlords want to profit from space shortages and growing tensions
Today's needs, especially for young people, live in Manhattan's most convenient neighborhood.
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Dani Skolnick, 21, who recently returned to New York from a year of travel, said he recently answered an advertisement, request to share at $575 per month in an apartment on Park Avenue South and 20 th Street.
When he got there, it turned out to be a studio that was carved into three small rooms and had just been photographed on the wall and still not painted.
Is he thinking about moving in?
"No way," said Mr.
Skolnick lives on the Park Slope with one of his friends.
"There are nine other people there, and everyone is very interested.
"Although a regular contractor will also erect a wall, it is temporary --
The Wall industry in New York seems to be dominated by two companies that use similar technology but have a proper competitive spirit.
They all call their walls "pressurized" and will not describe in detail how they work, for fear that others will come and steal the idea.
In fact, the older of the two companies, Newark's living space, complained about its young rival, the Great Wall, creating an almost identical system.
The two walls are almost identical in appearance, strength, and sound insulation to the ordinary walls, but are all installed by a slight expansion, putting pressure on the floor, ceiling and other walls.
In theory, they don't leave a trace.
They messed up old capitalism.
Steve Polo, the owner of the living space, said he developed the idea around 1988, when he himself lived in the living room in Manhattan and needed some privacy.
We tend to be faster and cleaner.
But I don't want to get involved in a wall War.
"The volume of the living space is larger: the walls are made in a factory in Newark with a door for each wall, the installation cost is $595, standard 8-foot by 12-foot wall.
When the company returns to collect the wall at the end of the lease, there is also a $200 deposit refundable (
A process that takes only 30 minutes, compared to a few hours of installing it).
Its rivals, located in Forest Hill, Queens, began installing walls two years ago, with its owners Scott Webb and Plecha Hathaway saying they developed them themselves.
It's a smaller business with a slightly cheaper product price, standard $8-$550, tax $150, deposit $by-12 wall. But Mr.
Weber said that the advantage of his company is that each wall is made on site, allowing for greater customization, although more custom walls are priced.
Unusual configuration costs are higher.
French doors are $500.
Windows are usually installed at the top of the wall for maximum privacy and enough light for $150 per window.
Ms West Village apartment
Shwedel and her roommate, the entire setup of the three bedrooms, including three doors and two windows, is $2,475-
In a new building at 100 Jane Street, people under the age of 30 are crowded.
Webb said he had installed more than 20 walls in the past few weeks alone.
"The work coming out of the building is not over," he said . ".
"It just keeps coming and going.
"If a good fence can be a good neighbor, a decent temporary wall seems to help you become a better roommate.
Robert Dezego and David Brink, 23-year-
People from Long Island's childhood, roommates at the University of Colorado, found the wall the only way to find a decent place together in New York.
They split one.
The bedroom apartment on East 57 Street is $1,400 per month and just needs to worry about a dark living room as their walls block all the outside light.
In another apartment at 100 Jane Street, Caruso, a 25-year-old Scot, was very optimistic about the apartment he and his two roommates expected to build in the apartment.
The bedroom apartment they just rented
They bought a new TV, sofa and electrical appliances. -
The pressurized wall for the other two bedrooms cost $1,500, making it possible. ''Privacy?
Forget it, sir.
Stock broker Caruso tries to imagine an apartment without a wall.
"You are no longer in college.
This is your home.
"A version of this article appears on page B00001, the national edition, in September 16, 1996, with the title: in a tough housing market, the rented sub-households contribute to the balance of payments.