2006_05_oddcouple.jpgAn amusing article in the NY Times about how finding housing on craiglist shows how particular and specific people get when it comes to finding people to live with. Like wanting the drama-free and no toffs and people who aren't around that much (but have the money).

New Yorkers are also adept at constructing what the military calls a zone of separation. A woman with an apartment at Union Square posted a photograph, not of the bedroom she wanted to rent out for $1,150 a month, but of a large divider she planned to use to create the bedroom from part of her living room.

Near Columbus Circle, a "very small, but cozy space enclosed by tall bookshelves and bamboo screens" is listed for $1,700 a month. Potential occupants are advised that they must be older than 30 and cannot wear shoes inside the apartment, smoke, consume alcohol, invite guests over or have "sleepovers."

Naturally, NYC has the most real estate listings out of all the craigslist cities: Craig Newmark explained, "New York real estate is kind of a blood sport, and also, because our site is free, brokers tend to post a lot of redundant ads." True enough, which means there's more of a chance for weird ads. The other interesting, emerging debate is whether or not some specific posts are disciminatory - leading cl to post this notice. But if is it wrong to want to tickle your new roommates?

Do you have a favorite craigslist real estate ad? And here's craigslist's housing postings for the five boroughs.