Would You Rather?

Would you rather have an extra bedroom or an extra bathroom in your NYC apartment?

By Lambeth Hochwald  | April 2, 2018 - 3:00PM

This one’s a toughie. After all, both living space and bathroom facilities are in high demand, especially if there are lots of people sharing an apartment, all of them are trying to get out the door fast in the morning, and carve out a space of their own when the day is done. To find out which room matters most, we asked five New Yorkers which they would pick if given the choice. Here's what they had to say.

Room to breathe

“I’d much rather have an extra bedroom. Oh the possibilities. I do a lot of work from home and it would be great to have that space to work in, and also to separate life from work a little more!”—Ines Garcia, Washington Heights

A bathroom of one's own

“When you gotta go, you gotta go, and for some reason, everyone seems to need to at the same time!”—Laura Beth Gilman, Upper West Side

Closet space with a view

“The extra bedroom of course! New York code says a bedroom can be as small as 80 square feet, and in the city, tiny is typical. This way I can have 80 sq. ft. for me and 80 for my clothes—an instant walk-in closet!"—Jasmine Kingston, Upper East Side

Thinking outside the shoebox

“I currently live in a loft with four other people, so my bedroom is more of a shoebox than a living space. I’m not sure what I would do with an extra bedroom, but I’m now absolutely certain that I need one.”—Faith Salamon, Bushwick

Guest rooms: The ultimate luxury

“When I think of having extra space for guests, it makes me smile, but somehow I’ve never lived in a New York City apartment with a dedicated room for out-of-towners. Maybe someday!”—Vicki Newman, Union Square

The verdict: At the end of the day, a majority of those we polled feel like they have plenty of bathroom space, if that means they're getting a whole other room for work, sleep, and hosting.



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