The Ruckus Room

The Ruckus Room

Carrie McBride
Oct 14, 2009

Having always lived in small apartment buildings we had no idea playrooms could be such hot button issues in large co-op and condo buildings. A recent article in the Times unearths dirt on the frequent resident in-fighting over these spaces and includes a slideshow of some unique and lavish playrooms in New York.

It makes sense - perhaps nothing is more precious in New York than space and people are willing to fight tooth and nail for every inch of it. As New York has become more family friendly (family tolerant?) parents have become more vocal about what they want and developers are often willing to bend over backwards to give it to them. Case in point, the $300,000 playroom designed for Manhattan House on East 66th which boasts an interactive spaceship, a talking giraffe and a restroom/changing station (put together by Roto Studios who also designed the Children's Museum of Manhattan). Other area playrooms feature a 12-foot aquarium and a $10,000 sound system. See slideshow here.

So what's the problem? Often residents without children are equally adamant that common space should be used in ways that they can benefit from (usually a gym) which can lead to building power struggles and long grudges. The article, "The Ruckus Room" was written by Hilary Stout.

Do you live in a building with a shared playroom or have you met with resistance trying to start one?

Image: Paul Burnett for The New York Times

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