Some Guy Converted A Bunch Of Vans Into Beds, Parked Them Around NYC, And AirBNB's Them For $22 a Night
DailyMail- A night's stay at a New York City hotel can get very pricey. So an Airbnb user is offering tourists a cheaper alternative - a van.
Someone by the name of Jonathan is advertising a fleet of converted vehicles on the short-term rental app parked at scenic spots around the Big Apple, starting at just $22 a night.
He has around 50 Airbnb listings, but some are rooms on wheels. They range from tiny vans for just two people, with a limited amount of fittings, to fully-converted camper vans complete with a kitchen and seating area with room for four people.
Guests cannot move the vans, but are the only ones with access to it during their stay.
He insists they are in good neighborhoods that are quiet at night and surrounded by restaurants, bars and galleries.
Some of the vans even have WiFi inside.
There are no amenities, but the spot in Long Island City has spectacular views of downtown Manhattan.
I don't throw the word 'genius' around very often. However, if I were to start than this guy is skyrocketing to the top of the list. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but they weren't talking about mass transit into and out of New York when they came up with that nickname. As someone that resided just over the border in New Jersey, and frequently visited the city, I can say with absolute certainty that I would have used these vans at least 20 times if I had known of their existence. A place to sleep without having to step one single foot inside Port Authority? All for the price of one overly expensive New York City cocktail? Done and done. Shit, let's discuss negotiating terms I may just buy one of these fucking thing as a place to stay when I am back East. Sure, it sucks to not have a bathroom or a shower, but you don't need a bathroom and a shower when you drunkenly stumble into a van to fall asleep in the clothes you were already wearing until sun up. Hell, if you need to pee take a step outside, the entire goddamn city is a toilet. Yeah, these vans are probably absolutely grotesque unless they are cleaned on a daily basis, but you get what you pay for. $22 bucks a night to rest your head safely in a strange place in NYC without the potential of getting raped is well worth the price of admission as far as I am concerned. It's much more financially responsible than taking a $50 Uber or cab, and it's absolutely safer than standing amidst 300 homeless people while waiting for your shitty bus to show up an hour late. Plus, it makes a much shorter trip to brunch in the morning.