via Google Street View
If you can afford to pay $800 a square foot for a condo, this post is not for you. You do not deserve to win a pair of free two-day passes to The Seed, “a vegan experience” happening in Soho June 16 & 17. (I wrote a bit more about The Seed with our last contest)
If, however, you would like to make fun of people who would pay that much to live in The Madison Jackson, please do so in a a comment below to be entered into our random drawing. We’ll pick a winner at 11:59 NYC time on Wednesday, June 13. I guess you can also say something nice, if you don’t want to make fun.
What’s the Madison Jackson, you ask? It’s the not-really-vegan-thing everyone will be asking us vegans if we heard about this week. Expect to be asked “did you hear about the all-vegan apartment building?!” But of course it’s not that. It is a new residential development in an old schoolhouse on the waaaaay Lower East Side (not the cool part), that’s going for some kind of ritzy, health-consious, new-agey market, with an onsite Jivamukti Yoga Center (make sure to have your speakers on when you click that link), in-house nutrition counseling, and “24-hour room service from an on-site juice bar with vegan options”. And apparently the ceilings are really low. You can read more about it and the colorful folks behind it in The Wall Street Journal, Curbed, and DNA Info.
For me, any ethical win this place might represent is undercut by the swimming pool having “separate gendered time slots to appeal to the Orthodox Jews in the area”. If they’re willing to encourage that kind of awful sexism to stay in business, I’m sure they’ll have no standards about maintaining social justice for non-human animals.
The “show house” art show thing there might be worth a look, though.
OK, fire away! Either at my misanthropy or the sad state of New York City as emblemized by the MJ. Make sure you use a working e-mail address with your comment (will not be made public) so we can contact you if you win.