NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Millennials, or people in their 20s and 30s, are said to be the driving force of the times — impacting fashion, culture and even the economy.
They may have left their college dorms, but they don’t want to leave each other.
“I think Millenials like having places where to hang out with their friends,” one person said.
At 101 Bedford in Brooklyn, it’s the over-the-top amenities that are drawing them — from a communal relaxation room, to a place to perfect your golf swing and even cocktail tutorials, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported.
But it is not merely a “second college dorm,” according to residents.
“That’s, I think, a little bit extreme. We try to be a little more classy to that,” one man said. “We drink wine and such.”
Just a few blocks away, a different vibe for Millennials at Pure House. Founder Ryan Fix said he’s trying to build a community of millennials who can help each other in their personal growth.
“The kind of things that we’re asking are things like, ‘What is your story; what’s your passion; how would you like to contribute to the community?’” Fix said.
Bedrooms are small, but it’s the communal living spaces and activities that Fix says make the difference.
“We’ve had people that have started businesses together, that have raised money. We’ve had people that have started creative endeavors together,” Fix said.
“It makes New York City feel small. It makes it feel like a family,” Poppy Liu, 24, said.
Psychologist Dr. Vincent Passarelli says the sense of community can be nurturing, but warns of a downside — he points out people “can get stuck.”
“They just sort of stay within their group and and never actually develop their own sense of identity of who they are, and who they want to be,” Passarelli said.
Fix thinks the millennials are on to something, and that others — of all ages — will follow.
“I think it’s much larger than a Millienial thing. I definitely think this is a huge way,” Fix said. “We’re moving toward a desire to have more community.”
The living arrangements are open to all age groups, but Millennials have just been first in line.