A Tub of Their Own

New York Times | November 23, 1990

The first tenants of the Edgecomb, a turn-of-the-century mansion in New York’s Washington Heights, were surely a family and most likely prosperous. (There are several maid-sized bedrooms on the top floor.) But as the neighborhood fell, so did the house. It became, until a few years ago, a brothel. Now the Edgecomb is a home again, to people who have gone for a long time without aspects of home that most Americans take for granted. Their own tubs and toilets and sinks. Their own refrigerators. Their own beds. A roof over their heads…

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