October 29, 2020

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Home Improvement

And then There’s this Apartment with a Tub in the Kitchen

Photo: Streeteasy

The standard pre-war tenement layout included a bathtub in the kitchen. It made sense, as this was the central location of plumbing.

The phenomenon began with the advent of plumbing in city tenements between 1901 and 1905. With bathhouses no longer necessary to wash up, the kitchen became central. The tub here made sense given the location of pipes and sheer space, as well as proximity to stove for hot water. Plus, it doubled as a sink; or wooden boards for dining table.

In some ways, these architectural relics reach a certain novelty status. Some call the shower-in-the-kitchen listing a unicorn of city real estate. Any time one is listed for rent, news stories surely follow. Like this one.

For instance, there was a studio apartment for rent at 164 Mott Street with the kitchen tub. It lasted a few weeks on the market at the bargain price of $1,800 per month, before being rented for $1,599, according to Streeteasy.

And then there is this particular apartment at 27 Orchard Street, which even goes so far as masking the kitchen shower in an elegant chamber. So your naughty bits are obscured when there is company in the kitchen.

What are you willing to pay for one of these relics?

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