This $200 Igloo In Greenpoint Is Unfortunately No Longer Available
Winter Storm Jonas and many snowpocalypses before it have tried to shake Brooklyn’s DIY spirit to no avail. If you give us lemons, we’ll make artisanal lemonade. Give us snow? We’ll make affordable housing.
At least, that’s what happened with this igloo over the weekend. Brokelyn reported that the modest Greenpoint digs were posted on Airbnb for six hours before being removed. The add was likely flagged for a number of reasons, such as safety and the fact that living off the G train should be illegal. Still for $200, many of us would deal with an melting home in exchange for amenities like a washer and dryer in the nearby apartment building.
The man behind the listing was Patrick Horton, a 28-year-old art director who built the igloo with his roommates Griffin Jones and Justin Seeley. And while the “dripping with ingenuity and alt-lifestyle” ad seemed like a joke, Horton took his structure quite seriously. He had been planning for two months prior to Jonas, studying YouTube videos of similar projects.
Surprisingly, some people were sold on it and he received five requests before it was taken down. Airbnb also seemed to feel bad about intervening between Horton and his snowy slum lord dreams.
“Unfortunately, your igloo, while very well constructed, has failed to meet our occupancy standards and has been removed from search results,” a member of Airbnb’s Trust and Safety Team wrote Horton, before giving him a $50 credit to stay a regulation igloo of his choice. The original post still lives on in screenshot history on Imgur.
This might be a loss for Horton and his helpers, but it’s a definite win for Snow Rat, who’s currently balling out in an excellent neighborhood.