Men's lodging room in West 47th Street Station (Source)
This clearly shows how the typical users of the lodging room would not be able to afford lodgings which provided a bed. This was possibly due to the abolition of in welfare in New York and Brooklyn (then a separate city) in the 1880's, which would have left much of the population without the money to invest in housing or adequate temporary living conditions.
The closest type of lodging available in NYC today would be a hostel. The closest one geographically to the lodging room in West 47th Street Station is the Times Square West Hostel, which is located only a few blocks away.
|Bedroom at the Times Square West Hostel (Source)|
The above picture clearly shows how the lodgings in the area have changed dramatically as the standards of the living conditions in New York City have improved. This can also be seen outside the lodgings in places such as Times Square, which is also partly on 47th Street.
|Times Square, which is located partly on 47th Street. (Source)|