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19 Bizarre Things About NYC Apartments Most Americans Will Never, Ever Get

Why do I live here again?

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1. Understanding apartment listings nearly requires a history degree since wars — yes, wars — are used to categorize apartments by age.

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The two most common categorizations are "prewar," referring to apartments built before World War II, and "postwar," referring to ones built after the war, but there are more.

The above, 66 Perry St., which you might recognize from Sex and the City, was built in 1866, making it pre-pre-prewar (built before the Spanish-American War).

2. And applying for an apartment is not only expensive, but also super competitive and overly complicated.

why do apartments in nyc need to know your name, your age, your tax returns, your resume, what you ate for dinner 3 years ago,

The vacancy rate in NYC is incredibly low, meaning there just aren't that many available apartments out there. After finding one, you then have to provide your potential landlord with a TON of information about yourself.


6. Some of them don't even have a window to the outside world.

7. Bedroom closets aren't guaranteed either, and if you do have one, it's probably big enough for about seven sweaters.


13. A pantry? Forget about it. You're lucky if you have more than two or three kitchen cabinets.

I just discovered a completely empty kitchen cabinet. In a NYC studio apartment, that's like discovering you have an entire other room!

14. Apartment buildings don't "come with" parking lots or garages.


16. Nabbing an apartment that allows pets — especially dogs — is a nearly impossible task.

why do so many apartments in new york not allow pets? seriously a drunk hipster is more dangerous then a cat.

17. Installing your window AC unit each summer is a terrifying ritual that could literally kill someone down below if it goes wrong.

NYC nightmares: my upstairs neighbor's AC JUST FELL OUT THE WINDOW

18. And, during the winter, some apartments in older buildings can't even control their own heat.

I do not understand heating in NYC apartments, why is there no setting between arctic tundra and like the fires of hell.