I'm going out of town the week of the Republican National Convention. Can I really sublet my apartment to delegates?

Steve, Chelsea

Good luck. According to this week's Time Out New York, the NYC Host Committee blocked off 22,000 hotel rooms for an expected 50,000 people. That seems like more than enough space.

Right now your competition is fierce. Just type the word convention in to the search box on Craigslist and over 290 listings pop up for sublets in neighborhoods as convenient to Madison Square Garden as Greenwich Village and your stomping grounds of Chelsea. Other neighborhoods, such as Carroll Gardens or Long Island City, seem unlikely to attract delegates due to the commute. And some NYC residents have their own Catch-22 in marketing to Republicans: calling your neighborhood "Hell's Kitchen" will probably turn off as many Bush supporters as calling it "Clinton."

A better bet might be to sublet your apartment to some of the hundreds of thousands of protesters expected to descend upon New York at the end of August, but don't expect the big bucks. Time Out New York lists CounterConvention.org as just one of the sites that hooks protesters up with empty beds, couches and floor space. You probably won't get any money for this, but if you're lucky, perhaps a nice protester will water your plants while you're gone.