“The Worst Room” Chronicles The Crappiness Of NYC Apartment Shopping

Julie Gerstein / May 9, 2013

Looking for a new apartment can be difficult anywhere, but in NYC it’s a bloodsport, and tales of shitty apartments are legendary.

Enter “The Worst Room,” a Tumblr chronicling, all-too-accurately, the shitty state of New York City apartment shopping. Tumblr creator Ryan says he made the site to “share the Craigslist postings I sift through on a daily basis trying to find decent, affordable housing in New York City.” And boy, are these crappy and overpriced — these apartments all-too-closely resemble crime scenes. And yes, I can say with experience, these are completely accurate depictions of how shitty and expensive city living can be. (There are also pleasant and affordable pads, too.)

So let’s take a gander at a few more terrible rooms Ryan’s found, shall we?


Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
“Looking for two roommates.”
“Top bunk is $500 per month, bottom bunk is $600 per month.”


Upper East Side, Manhattan. $1600.00
“My roommate and I are both 5’4” and don’t even notice the ceilings, but my boyfriend who is 6’ sometimes has to watch his head.”

I am seriously having heart palpitations looking at that low ceiling. I can’t handle small cramped spaces. I would lose my mind.  [The Worst Room]