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Old 12-22-2007, 11:53 AM
 
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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.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:06 PM
 
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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 .....
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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I lived in one for a year, same street as above ground subway too. as an apartment no problems.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Queens
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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.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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i might think that an apartment above an eatery might have more of an issue with pests?
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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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.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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I've lived above a small office (fine) and above a restaurant (BAD). It's not uncommon at all.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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I lived above a bar briefly. Back of the apt was fine, front loud as h*ll in summer.
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