New York City is expensive. Here’s an alternative for $69 USD a night.
We lived in New York for 14 years, so we know all about prices. For visitors, it’s even more expensive. But if you’re a little adventurous, and want to have a great story to tell your family and friends, this might be right up your alley. Or cobblestoned Soho street.
This article was originally published by Gothamist.
Later tonight, as you reach to grab a cold brewski from the mini-fridge on top of your bunk bed in the micro-studio that you share with two other fully-sized human beings, your mind may begin to wander, wondering about all the adventures you’re missing out on because you’re too busy throwing all your money at a sinkhole disguised as a NYC apartment. If you’re feeling like you need to find a better way of living, come closer dear friend—we have quite the deal for you.
A man is currently renting out a Chevy conversion van parked in Soho on Airbnb for $69/night. Yes, you can live the #VanLife bohemian social media movement experience right here in the Big Apple for a comical amount of money.
According to the listing, this is the premiere way to experience NYC economically: “Soho Vintage custom van with cozy sofa-bed and lots of natural light. Perfect for international travelers, backpackers and the #vanlife experience. Pillows and blankets provided. Great location. Perfect for an affordable place to sleep in the best NY neighborhood. Van is for sleeping only, no driving, and is not parked at listed address. Van’s Soho address will be provided.”
Sure, there’s no bathroom or shower, but you do get free guest passes to a nearby gym which has both. As the lister, Meng, cautions: “Van-life is for those who embrace adventure and have no problem roughing it, to have a new and memorable experience. Like camping, the elements can be a factor. Be prepared for street-parking atmosphere, and to use restrooms that can be found nearby. Ideal guests approach van-life with an open mind, a sense of humor, and a fun attitude. Last minute bookings are welcome!”
This is of course not the first Airbnb entrepreneur to try to take advantage of the fact that it is technically not illegal to sleep overnight in a vehicle in NYC. Back in 2015, a Queens man rented out an authentic NYC taxi cab for $99/night, which included lots of taxi-themed pillows and such. But this new van has its own amenities as well, as you can see below.
Anyway, if you’re still skeptical about #VanLife, don’t trust us, trust the Vloggers:
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