What’s more expensive than living in New York? Living in an apartment in a popular, swiftly gentrifying part of New York when your landlord jacks up the rent to try to squeeze you out. So what do you do to prevent this from happening? Invent ghosts.
It's impossible enough to find a decent apartment these days, let alone the humans to share it who won't dismember you in the night. Far more difficult, however, is deciding which roommate pays which portion of the rent, which has been known to end more than one friendship before it even started. A new online tool…
Tennessee lawmakers tried to make Nashville's buses illegal, a dude pissed in a reservoir and Portland has to flush 38 million gallons of water, and—let's say it all together—the rent is too damn high. This is your weekly look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
You think rents are high in San Francisco? Try Williston, North Dakota. No wait, don't—there's nowhere to live. According to a new study by Apartment Guide, the most expensive rents in the country can be found in this relatively tiny North Dakota town.
The housing recovery has put even more pressure on working class and poor Americans. A new study shows that more than 20 million households are paying more than half their pre-tax income for a place to live, while 42 million households spend more than 30% of their pre-tax earnings for a roof over their heads.
Rachel Bloom sang her way into our hears with her tribute to our favorite Martian chronicler, "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury." She seals the deal with this cover of "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent, translated into the dulcet tones of the Klingon language.
I get it. Samsung wants to hawk their wares. And obviously they're joking. But when a corporate voice gets all tongue-in-cheek, I can't help but feel like I'm being offered candy from a creepy, middle-aged dude in a white van. [Twitter]
Apparently, your local library is the biggest DVD rental store in the US. According to a survey released by the Online Computer Library Center, US public libraries lend an average 2.1 million movies/day. That's more than Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster.
One of my favorite details about the Nook—the 14-day "lending"—just got a lot less enticing. Turns out there are very specific rules about this lending process, and they pretty much nullify the feature's promise.
According to Netflix, during the Oscars their subscribers added two million movies to their queues. Two million in just three hours. In the meantime, I was looking for more clips of Kate Winslet naked. [HackingNetflix]
Award-winning novelist and playwright Sarah Schulman is turning to science fiction because it's the only way to capture how surreal her world has gotten. Her next novel, Mere Future, takes place in a future New York where everybody works in marketing. I talked to Schulman about her novel, which comes out next year,…