Way back in 2009 Gawker asked the fiscally responsible question: "Who will rent Marc Ecko's ridiculous office space?
" The 270,000-square-foot 28 and 40 West 23rd Street
office lair isn't host to large living anymore. 50 Cent's G-Star brand moved out and Marc Ecko and Co. can't afford to stay in the $9 million
a year Chelsea space. Like Gawker, we figured there wasn't a high roller with the
dough to pick up such extravagant rent. Alas, as this FUBAR-ed (not FUBU-ed, mind you) real estate market has illustrated, the uber rich stay rich and eventually are bailed out. There is always a sucker out there to pick up the scraps and enjoy 50 Cent's stainless steel toilet.
And who knows scraps better than our Hayden Cummings
of dumpster diving fame? As it turns out, all that attention Hayden Cummings received for his Nut Factory trailer park
(courtesy of RentedSpaces
) may have inspired bigger real estate endeavors. Rumor has it that Cummings visited and expressed interest in the half block-long space late last year.
This is quite the ambitious jump for the twenty-somethings behind The Nut Factory (a real estate endeavor still in progress itself). The Nuts
barely pay $2K a month for their 304 Meserole Street warehouse
. $24,000 bones a year is significantly easier to come up with than $9 million.
"We're going to have to borrow the money," says our source. "There is an enormous amount of commercial real estate just sitting there empty and no one knows what to do with it. They are desperate to get it off their hands and they can't. They have 25 people in a space that can handle 600 people and we can get 1000 people in there!"
According to our source who loved 50 Cent's "really, really fancy toilets", what Cummings saw were six empty floors begging for campers."If it works out, it will be a space available to all members of the Bushwick trailer park. It will be an included perk to their membership fee. Everyone [wiil] get a cubicle in the space to work in."
Where the Bushwick Nut Factory will have a performance stage, photo studio and artsy fartsy accoutrement, the maybe
trailer park's Manhattan outpost already has a basketball court. We can almost see it: Just beyond the row of campers and Fitty's johns will be the space for impromptu games of boho-hobo pick-up. Are trailer park basketball leagues are the wave of the future competition for the New York Urban Professionals Basketball League
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