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Make Fun of the Madison Jackson for a chance to Win Tickets to the Seed

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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.


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    The Madison Jackson keeps health-conscious humans under ceilings so low they can’t even complete full vinyasas. Tell The Madison Jackson that humans deserve better!

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    “Occupy Pretension” now at The Madison Jackson.

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    You will experience the ambiance of “The All That Is” except where it may be inconvenient to you.

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    Oh wow you just blew my lifelong dream (not) living next to the FDR-did it say if there is gonna be a starbucks? :)

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    My worst nightmares coming true to wake up back in school, and have to pay for it? No thank you.

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    Laura G.

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    Madison Jackson sounds like the name of a mean girl from high school who existed on Tab and cigarettes then binged on burgers. No thanks NYC (altho I forgive you for bringing the Seed to your environs).

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    Kate B.

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    Instant enlightenment upon leasing at the MJ. That’s how it works, right?

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    What a tragedy to be so beautifully constructed on the outside and a carnival wreckage of fantastic luxury swallowing up the innards. How much like our America. That CISPA bill didn’t pass, right?

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    Steve Radtke

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    800 a foot isn’t that bad if it’s a 2×2 studio… it’s whatever tho, if they can afford it, great for them. not what i would choose to spend it on, so maybe someday i’ll be able to decide what i’d like to spend my gagillions on :)

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    These people are nuts. Pick me :-)

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    Ah! $800 per square foot?! THAT is a joke right? It’s a good thing most vegans are lean…

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    “this is for the community” yup! that is what it said in the WJS article..haha

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    Did someone say pool…

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    Jason Das

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    Reuben’s comment won the random drawing–Congrats!!

    And thanks everyone for joining in here.

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    The Veganisto

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    I know I’m a bit behind the time-line here. But I wanted to comment and say that there can be no winner in a “comtest” like this. Anyone who takes exception to how one spends his/her own money must necessarily be a loser. Especially when it has to do with something as experimentally cutting edge as this project seems to be. It is truly a pathetic person who so obviously envy’s those with wealth that it moves him to bitch about their spending habits. It’s not the fact that you don’t have money that is so sad. It is the fact that you are poor in spirit.