Your Chance to Bake Cookies from an Eldridge Street Kitchen Tub

Posted on: February 16th, 2022 at 5:09 am by

Photo: Corcoran

If showering in the kitchen is on your bucket list, check this out.

A tiny junior-one co-op at 237 Eldridge Street features an “eat-in” kitchen inviting suitors to “bake cookies while taking a bath in the wonderful deep clawed-foot tub in the kitchen.” This micro apartment – square-footage not listed – is marketed as “bright and full of charm” for $415,000.

The Eldridge Street building is a pet friendly HDFC co-op with income restrictions. A single occupant must make less than $180,000, and two occupants under $220,000.

This setup is nothing new.

In fact, the standard pre-war tenement layout included a bathtub in the kitchen. It made sense, as this was the central location of plumbing.

The phenomenon began with the advent of plumbing in city tenements between 1901 and 1905. With bathhouses no longer necessary to wash up, the kitchen became central. The tub here made sense given the location of pipes and sheer space, as well as proximity to stove for hot water. Plus, it doubled as a sink; or wooden boards for dining table.

In some ways, these architectural relics reach a certain novelty status. Some call the shower-in-the-kitchen listing a unicorn of city real estate. Any time one is listed for rent, news stories surely follow. Like this one.

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