03/25/2015 04:19 pm ET Updated Mar 25, 2015

Why I Live In An All-Women Boardinghouse In New York City

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Wedged between prewar walk-ups on a quiet street near Riverside Drive, the Brandon Residence for Women charges just $1,200 a month — a bargain by Upper West Side standards. You get a single furnished room (with a bed, desk, drawers, and closet), two cooked meals a day (of varying quality), weekly housekeeping, first-floor Wi-Fi, in-house laundry facilities, and the near impossibility of a room in Manhattan all to yourself. Kind of.

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