U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
 
 
Old 12-22-2007, 10:53 AM
 
3,991 posts, read 6,243,529 times
Reputation: 1642
Default Apartments above store-front buildings?

In lots of movies in NY or other large cities they show people living in apartments with a modest entry door on the street level that leads up to an apartment on the 2nd floor or higher.

Are there really lots of apartments like these in NY? Are they desirable or do they tend to be in seedier neighborhoods? Personally I think they seem kind of cool.
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-22-2007, 11:06 AM
 
11,151 posts, read 8,921,563 times
Reputation: 18522
These kinds of apartments are all over the place but, yeah, you're not likely to find them on 5th Avenue or Central Park West .....
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-22-2007, 11:24 AM
 
6,621 posts, read 10,702,648 times
Reputation: 3766
they are found in both very expensive neighborhoods and in seedier neighborhoods. I lived in one for 4 years. That neighborhood (Williamsburg near Bedford Ave L) is extremely expensive now.

A friend lives in a loft above a store in Chelsea. The loft is only around 1000 sq feet but I think it's worth about $1 million. Not exactly seedy.

Not all neighborhoods have 'mixed use' buildings.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-22-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
2,885 posts, read 15,167 times
Reputation: 346
You can be very surprised to see a nondescript small entry lead into a huge apartment very expensively decorated. This is not uncommon in this city.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-22-2007, 12:01 PM
 
517 posts, read 1,432,436 times
Reputation: 125
I lived in one for a year, same street as above ground subway too. as an apartment no problems.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-22-2007, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Queens
841 posts, read 2,982,270 times
Reputation: 235
I live above a store front in Hells Kitchen and it's not that great. The apartment itself is a single room with separate kitchen/ bath SHARED with TWO other roommates. Incredibly cramped and inconvenient but since I'm in my 20's it's cool. But if you have a career with money? Not a good idea.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-02-2013, 03:47 PM
 
10,992 posts, read 13,984,463 times
Reputation: 3124
i might think that an apartment above an eatery might have more of an issue with pests?
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-02-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
4,787 posts, read 4,114,050 times
Reputation: 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlrl View Post
i might think that an apartment above an eatery might have more of an issue with pests?
It really depends on how the trash is handled. Some restaurants are into proper hygiene and some just don't care. Chinatown is a good example of a place where proper hygiene left the building a century ago.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-02-2013, 04:19 PM
 
1,292 posts, read 800,568 times
Reputation: 1022
I've lived above a small office (fine) and above a restaurant (BAD). It's not uncommon at all.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-02-2013, 05:44 PM
 
1,615 posts, read 1,036,160 times
Reputation: 876
I lived above a bar briefly. Back of the apt was fine, front loud as h*ll in summer.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $79,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top