Chamber pots for NY couple paying $300 rent?

People do all kinds of things to save money on rent. One site brings us the story of chamber pots in a studio with no bathroom.

By Kim Peterson Dec 19, 2012 4:58PM
House for rent in the middle of winter -- David Joel, PhotographerAre chamber pots making a comeback? One site says a couple living in Brooklyn's somewhat upscale Park Slope neighborhood have been using chamber pots instead of a toilet.

This seems too ridiculous to be true -- and in fact it seems likely that the posting is a parody. But according to The Hairpin website, Marcela and Ryan Marshall pay just $300 a month in rent for an apartment that doesn't have a bathroom.

The couple is trying to make the best of it, finding pots from an artist who glazed them with sea glass. They started out sharing one, but quickly found that it didn't work out very well.

"It's not necessarily for the squeamish, but we've been doing it for three years now, and it's helped us feel closer to the building, to its history, and to each other," Ryan Marshall told the site.

They empty the chamber pots into the gutter in the early morning, they said, and then rinse the pots with water.

The posting on Hairpin fooled even some of its regular readers. It got picked up by the Daily Mail, and then it went viral on Twitter.

Would you do the same for $300 a month in rent, especially to live in New York? "Never! Not in a million years!" said one commenter on the Daily Mail's report on the issue.

Others were more sympathetic. "As a born and bred New Yorker, I believe this is extreme but people do make some huge sacrifices to live here, especially Manhattan," said another.

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Dec 19, 2012 6:22PM
No toilet no shower this place must be a funky mess!!
Dec 19, 2012 6:19PM
The whole island ain't worth that much trouble.  Remind me not to visit there anymore.
Dec 19, 2012 6:18PM

The gutter????  Just where does that urine and feces end up?!!!


Dec 19, 2012 5:50PM

Thats disgusting.  WHy don't they get a bedside commode...its used for old folks or people who can't get to the bathroom.  What the heck...does it mean "to be closer to the building"  its history and to each other.  These people have some mental issues. 

Dec 19, 2012 5:36PM
The "gutter" they refer to is probably linked to the strom sewer system and their waste is discharged directly into the nearest waterway.  I doubt this is legal.
Dec 19, 2012 5:25PM

"They empty the chamber pots into the gutter in the early morning"


Around here, people do clean up after their dogs, who cleans up after them?  Their neighbors must love them, it reminds me of Cousin Eddie flushing out his RV's toilet into the storm drain in front of Clark Griswold's house in Christmas Vacation.


Another notable quote: "As a born and bred New Yorker, I believe this is extreme but people do make some huge sacrifices to live here, especially Manhattan,"


Yes, bred in New York, where garbage is put out at the curb on the sidewalk, the supreme ego trip, does this make people like that the Manhattan Hillbillies?















Dec 19, 2012 5:14PM
that's plain nasty... how do they wash?
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