On the Market: Roommate Speed Dating and Other Indignities of Renting in New York

 

Werner Kunz/flickr

Werner Kunz/flickr

DNAinfo offers advice to recent grads looking for a roommate to move into a big city apartment with: pick someone with similar habits and preferences who you like, but maybe not too much, and be explicit about financial expectations (who will buy the toilet paper?!).

Or you could just try roommate speed-dating, as featured in The Wall Street Journal, which has taken the concept of roommate meet and greets to the next level. Because New Yorkers love organized type-A events. “Quite frankly, it was a circus,” Mr. Kurland said of the unstructured meet and greet. “Twenty people would show up and they would be milling around aimlessly.”

But roommates are more and more essential, as even rent-stabilized apartments are hard for many to afford. The New York Post speaks with a Crown Heights woman whose $1,256-a-month two-bedroom sounds like a dream come true—she took over the lease from her grandmother—but she can’t really afford it on her $30,000-a-year salary. Nor can she afford to move.

Meanwhile, property sales are surging across the city, Crain’s reports, setting post-recession records in price and number of deals, especially as more and more areas of the outer-boroughs heat up. Outer-boroughs like Brooklyn, where three community boards are fighting over who should have jurisdiction of the slowly growing juggernaut that is the Atlantic Yards, according to The New York Times.

The Atlantic offers up a great little essay on how we’re all gentrifiers (gentrifiers, or, we guess, the gentrified?) and there’s basically no way around that. The young, mostly white well-educated cohort inevitably, “places a great deal of moral significance on geography.”

Tavern on the Green is poised to re-open this Thursday, The Journal reports. And the might actually be good this time!