The Daily News reports that some couple is living in a truck in Brooklyn because they don't want to pay Manhattan rent:
Home Sweet Truck
Photo from the Daily News
And then there are the responses to an essay by a Williamsburg hipster that was printed in the NY Times last week.
Priced Out, Leaving Town
To the Editor:
Re “Escape From New York,” by Abigail A. Frankfurt (New York Observed, Feb. 25):
With the sale of Stuyvesant Town, the possible sale of Starrett City and the looming Atlantic Yards development, why should we be so concerned with a struggling writer who can no longer afford her hip studio apartment? What about middle-class families who can no longer afford their not-so-hip apartments? Hearing from those “native New Yorkers” would be more worthy of column space in The Times.
In the meantime, if Ms. Frankfurt ever decides to return, I suggest she find some roommates. That’s how many of us entry-level workers get along without a trust fund.
Sheena K. Fallon
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
To the Editor:
Abigail A. Frankfurt seems less a victim of the gentrification of Williamsburg than a victim of her own overweening sense of entitlement.
By her own admission, she won’t even consider Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx (and I assume Jersey City isn’t even on her radar), nor will she accept a roommate.
One undeniable benefit of New York’s long-standing housing shortage is that it relentlessly drives out prima donnas, while leaving New York to those of us who are willing to make sacrifices to live here.
New York is a series of tests that all of us constantly take and either pass or fail. I suspect Ms. Frankfurt will find her new Midwestern home suits her well.