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Brooklyn Cohousing: Creating Community in the Big Apple

Posted on May 17, 2008 by

The local paper in Brooklyn, New York has an article on Brooklyn Cohousing’s efforts to start the first community in the New York burroughs. The Brooklyn group plans to buy an apartment building in the recently this recently trendy part of the city, sharing meals and common spaces within a condominium arrangement.

The article follows the standard “they’re not hippies” line with an emphasis on the inherent cost of New York City condo ownership with the headline, “Wanted: Roommates with money”.

“We want more out of life. We want more community. We were lonely and felt too isolated,” said Alex Marshall, who started planning the first co-housing dwelling in the city with his wife last summer.

Alas, the 1970s are dead. This will not be a pot-smoking, patchouli-filled, free-loving, anything-goes compound.

“Take a commune and a condo, put them in a blender and this is what you get,” said Ben Watts, a likely resident of the building, which will probably be in Park Slope, Prospect Heights or Windsor Terrace.

The article goes on to get some quotes from members of true communes from New York’s past and finishes with a mildly humorous comparison of co-housing and communism noting that in cohousing the main source of conlfict is “Hectic, impersonal modern life” whereas in communism it is “Unequal ownership of the means of production.”

For the real trash, see the commentary on the article at nymag.com where their only context to comment on the cohousing group is based on TV and movies and they snidely quip, “Something about a bunch of adults living as roommates seems inherently pervy to us.”

Read the article on Brooklyn Cohousing.

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