Healthy Homes

New York boarding house combines cramped cubicles with heated floors

Wed, 10/19/2011 - 09:52

An ancient flophouse located in New York City has combined the convenience of a hostel with the technology that one would find in an upper-class hotel, according to The New York Times.

The bottom floor of the Bowery House is a place where individuals can pay less than 10 dollars a night to sleep in cramped cubicles, while right above them higher-paying customers enjoy the convenience of radiant floor heating while sleeping on high-end sheets, the newspaper reported.

According to the Times, the two worlds rarely intersect, but the people who come to stay generally leave in the same mood. Each group gets what they pay for, and upgrades can be purchased if an individual wants a little more comfort.

The hotel represents a clash of the hostel type living of the past with the modern technology that many individuals are accustomed to, the news source reported.

A radiant heating system works well in spaces without enough room for radiators, heating ducts and air vents, as the technology doesn't require these cumbersome products to operate.