Are Niche Apartments a Good Thing?

Should apartments be designed with certain features to appeal to specific groups of people?

By Jessica Fiur, News Editor

People should feel comfortable in their apartments. After all, everyone has different wants and needs. So, maybe developers shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach.

Recently The New York Times ran an article called “A Building as Catalyst for Jewish Culture.” The article describes a new Manhattan condo development that caters to the Orthodox Jewish community that historically lived in the area. It caters to this community, quite literally, by offering a 24-hour kosher food service, as well as a pool with “single-sex swimming hours.”

Of course, because of New York State’s fair housing law, the owners can’t prohibit or discourage people of other religions from living in the building. But it clearly appeals to people who live that lifestyle.

What do you think about having features in an apartment building that appeal to certain groups or cultures?

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