Artist's rendering of the Times author.

There are two possibilties: either the New York Times has reached a level of snobbery usually not seen outside of castles, or they're in on the joke and are just busting our collective balls at this point. Because the article released today in the real estate section about one NYU student's struggle to find an apartment is beyond parody.

It seems Vanessa Csordis-Jenkins, an NYU student who had requested a single room, was unhappy when she was forced to share a living space with several other roommates. Nothing unusual about that. Let's face it, roommates are a pain in the ass. 

Sources: The New York Times