The couch where Jeremy Lin slept isn’t the first NYC sofa to launch a superstar.
The 23-year-old Knicks phenom, who burst on the scene 13 days ago, spent six weeks living on the couch of his brother’s Lower East Side one-bedroom apartment before camping out on the brown sofa of teammate Landry Fields.
Last week, the Harvard- grad point guard finally packed his suitcase and moved into his own apartment in Trump Tower in White Plains — just before the Knicks ended their streak with a 89-85 disappointing loss to the Hornets.
But the couch abides as a rite of passage for New Yorkers who arrive in the city rich in talent and cash poor, and rise to fame on makeshift, borrowed beds.
“The sofa-meter is rising,” said real-estate appraiser Jonathan Miller. “The higher rents go, the harder it is to get started when you come to the city. It’s salad days for couch manufacturers.”
The median rental price in Manhattan was up 9.9 percent over last year, he said.
Today’s celebs were yesterday’s couch potatoes.
Crooner Lana Del Ray was couch-surfing until her big break earlier this year, which landed her a coveted “SNL” appearance even before her album release. “I’m staying with an ex-boyfriend,” she said last year. “I live on his couch.”
Like Lin, she’s since upgraded to her own digs, her publicist said.
Now he’s six degrees away from everyone in the world, but in 1976, Kevin Bacon was less than one degree away from his sister — he lived on the couch in her Upper West Side apartment while saving up the tips he pocketed as a waiter.
Before “Coyote Ugly” made her a screen siren in 2000, a 23-year-old Piper Perabo sweated out an entire New York City summer on a fold-out couch in a friend’s Harlem apartment. “She got out of school in May, and did that until July,” her publicist said.
When a young, undiscovered Dustin Hoffman moved to the Big Apple from California, he spent the nights on the kitchen floor in his buddy Gene Hackman’s pad before being kicked out to seek solace on Robert Duvall’s couch. Hackman and Duvall were also unknown, struggling actors.
But Manhattanites should consider themselves warned about the often roving, couch-surfing Mischa Barton.
It was “an awful scenario,” complained model Daisy Lowe of Barton’s temporary stay on her London couch and the all-night parties that followed her. “Never again.”