The New York Times parodies itself with its most out of touch article in years.

Artist's rendering of the Times author.

There are two possibilties: either the New York Times has reached a level of snobbery usually not seen outside of castles, or they're in on the joke and are just busting our collective balls at this point. Because the article released today in the real estate section about one NYU student's struggle to find an apartment is beyond parody.

It seems Vanessa Csordis-Jenkins, an NYU student who had requested a single room, was unhappy when she was forced to share a living space with several other roommates. Nothing unusual about that. Let's face it, roommates are a pain in the ass. 

But the article quickly hops a train to Crazy Town as the author attempts to weave a sob story about a girl with seemingly unlimited means on a quest for a cute, quiet place for herself in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world. And when that girl turns down a $1,795 a month place due to lack of sunlight, even the most sympathetic reader may start looking around for a pitchfork.

According to the article, she did find a nice place on 25th street, but the distance posed a problem no college student should have to deal with:

“It seemed like the potential for a really stressful situation for me if I woke up late and had to wait for the train,” she said. She also wanted to avoid the sirens that came with proximity to the hospitals along First Avenue.

If you're afraid your heart may break, you can put away the tissues because Vanessa's broker was eventually able to find an available apartment in a "neo-Renaissance-style co-op with a beautiful marble lobby and a virtual doorman."


As the article goes viral, Csordis-Jenkins (honestly, the hyphen isn't a problem, per se - lots of people have them. It's just that in this particular story it may as well be a tidbit about her being an heiress to the Bratz Dolls fortune) will hopefully make use of her alone-time for a bit of reflection.

She also may want to stay off Twitter for a while.

(by Jonathan Corbett)

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