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Mobile Homes Settling In On Upper West Side

Activist Worried Upscale Neighborhood Will Become Trailer Park
A mobile home is seen parked on the street on the Upper West Side. (credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

A mobile home is seen parked on the street on the Upper West Side. (credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Everyone knows there’s a shortage of affordable housing in New York City. Some people have found an interesting way around the problem: They’re living in mobile homes parked on the street.

But on the tony Upper West Side — known for its old-style architecture, expensive apartments and trendy restaurants — some residents such as community activist Gretchen Berger are afraid the mobile homes, which she calls “eyesores,” will start sprouting.

“It’s not a good idea because, if it starts a trend, the city streets were not made to be campgrounds or a trailer park,” she told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten. “We don’t have that kind of infrastructure.”

“These are not like upscale RVs that you see on the Travel Channel,” Berger added. “These are rust buckets.”

Mobile homes have been spotted along Riverside Drive and Central Park West, Baumgarten reported. Apparently, they are legal as long as they are moved every 24 hours.

Berger said, if that’s true, the law needs to be changed.

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