A $600 one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn’s trendy Greenpoint section would be a bargain, but the unit advertised on Craigslist comes with a big plus—it’s on a sailboat, and it doesn’t have a shower or WiFi.
“Sailboat for rent” reads the listing.
“Suitable for one person. 600 dollars per month. It has a toilet, taps, solar energy, a stove and a heater.”
According to Craiglist, anyone looking to take a shower every day will have to find a creative solution.
“No showers, the most common solution is a membership to a nearby gym,” the listing says.
“No wifi, portable hotspot can be used. 5 min walk to 7 train. Minimum stay 3 months or more.”
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Green Point is $4,000 — a 70% increase from last year, according to market research firm Zumper.
Across the East River, rental prices in Manhattan have recently topped $5,000 a month.
As of Friday afternoon, the post was still active on Craigslist, which means it hasn’t been picked up yet.
The online listing includes photos of what appears to be a cramped living space on the ship.
In October last year, local news site Greenpointers wrote a feature about an artist who lived on a sailboat docked in Newtown Creek.
After losing his job at the start of the pandemic, he found a listing on Craigslist for a one-bedroom schooner in Greenpoint, the fashion-friendly neighborhood sandwiched between trendy Williamsburg and Long Island City.
In the article, Jaime, 34, describes how he showered at a local gym, had to pull gallons of water he took from a nearby fire hydrant, and lives without air conditioning. It’s unclear if his boat is the same one offered for rent on Craigslist.
Jaime also says that when tugboats and large barges sail across the creek, they generate waves that rock his living space back and forth as if it were experiencing an earthquake.