by Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe
“NOO YAWK” CITY: HOME OF THE 275 - 400-SQUARE-FOOT APARTMENT
Note: The Yiddish word for house is “hoys” or “shtub.” The Yiddish word for apartment is “dire.”
New York is a unique “shtot” (city)!
Orthodox woman with get, seeks man who got get, or can get get. Get it? I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.
Jewish male, 34, very successful, smart, independent, self-made. Looking for girl whose father will hire me.
46.3% of NYC households consist of one person, according to the 2010 census.
New York is home to many outstanding
One Friday “nakht” a Rabbi was giving his usual sermon. At the end of the speech, he told “di kehile”(the congregation):
“Before we continue, I would like to inform you that our shul has decided to collect goods for the most needy people in our area. It’s for a ‘gut’ cause and we need your help. Please bring us this ‘zuntik” (Sunday) anything you have lying around your house that you can spare or have no great need for. For example, I’m sure that you can all think of something that you have excess of.”
And then a voice came from an “alt” (old) lady. She told her neighbor, who was seated next to her, “Yes, tsuris.”
And, now, in early July, Mayor Bloomberg, has announced a city-sponsored competition to design an “dire” (apartment)
The apartment is no bigger than a dorm room. One sitcom shows New Yorkers, who are desperate for storage space, turning their ovens (“ovyns”) into storage for clothing and other items.
City officials hope the building will become a prototype for a new model of tiny (“kleyntshik”), affordable housing.
Mr. Bloomberg said, “Young people from around the country or around the world—those are our future, and they don’t have
Marjorie Wolfe cannot visualize herself living in a 400-square-foot apartment.
Yes, “Tsum guten vert men bald gevoint.” (It doesn’t take long to get used to good things.)
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