The ship is owned by a 29-year-old real estate investor named Jonathan, who spoke on the condition that his last name not be published and the precise location of the ship and its name not be mentioned because its status is legally murky. Jonathan, who lives on the ship, said it is registered as required, but, tied up to some steel pegs embedded in a concrete wall, it does not pay docking fees to a private marina or the city. He said he found the ferry on yachtworld.com and bought it in 2007 for a price he would not disclose except to say, “All of my friends spend more on their tiny studio apartments than I do on this.”
Originally, Jonathan hired workers to remove benches, with dreams of turning the ferry into a proper residence or a floating playground, complete with helipad, and of mooring it in a more proper location. But those plans were scrapped as the economy soured this summer. The ship’s five residents have a Christmas tree, a full-size refrigerator and even a drum set on the ship, but generally brush their teeth and use the toilets at local cafes and shower at friends’ apartments.
"Summer is better than winter," he said. "But even that gets too hot. And you can smell the sewage from the sewage outflow sometimes."
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Let's see... it smells like sewage and has the Pulaski Bridge in the background. Can't imagine where this is.