A spite house is a house built for the express purpose of pissing someone else off. Personal comfort, adequate living space, and compliance with local zoning laws all come second to this all-important goal. Spite houses come in all shapes and sizes, but the best are absurdly small and very angry indeed. Here are a few of my favorites, ranked from least- to most-spiteful.
The Montlake Spite House, Seattle
The Story: You have options here. EITHER the house was a result of a divorce settlement in which the husband got the [large, non-spiteful house] and the wife got the front yard and decided to use it, dammit—OR, the [...]
I live a block from the Barclays Center, downtown Brooklyn’s much contested and controversial new arena. It’s so close that I could walk out my front door, throw a baseball, and it would hit [the ground and then roll] into the Nets store on the street level. These are my field notes.
What: Opening night, Jay-Z. When: Sept 28, 2012. Who: Me and my friend Murph, who decide 12 hours before opening night that we desperately need to be there and spend a stupid amount of money on Stubhub. Notable quote: Though it was completely unjustifiable, Murph told me if we didn't go, we would be “irresponsibly missing a really [...]
I forget, did Downton Abbey have a four-poster bath tub?