In the words of Mick Jagger, "you can't always get what you want." For many New Yorkers, a rent-free loft would be a dream come true. The authorities who run the Big Apple put an end to that dream for one homeless man who was living it.
Police recently evicted a homeless - and resourceful - Chinese immigrant known as "Joe," who made a makeshift loft under Manhattan Bridge (via the New York Post):
A hobo living rent-free inside the Manhattan Bridge lost the city's sweetest real estate deal on Thursday, when NYPD cops booted him from his fully stocked makeshift loft.
The Chinese immigrant known only as "Joe" had a shanty-studio featured a reading lamp, a gas heater and a "pantry" stocked with beer and cookies - but police feared the dwelling could collapse onto the bike lane.
"Police department! Police department!" a team of cops yelled while knocking on the shelter at around 9:50 a.m.
Nobody replied, so officers sawed through the tree-house-style pad, which was built into the bridge's frame and featured a stove, shelves and kitchen essentials like distilled vinegar, iodized salt and Siracha sauce.
Cops soon spotted the clean-cut Joe inside, wearing white pajamas and a goofy grin.
They allowed him to change into clothes before evicting him.
Police noted that no one was injured, but noted that his living arrangement were not quiet as "Joe" lived right above the subway. Concerning warmth during this past winter - which was brutal - one cop said,"he's got five inches thick of Styrofoam in there. It was quite a set-up. He had a portable butane stove hooked up to a butane tank ... safe for indoors. That's a good way to keep warm," according to the Post.
Sadly, "Joe's" days of living in luxury are over.