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Old style New York apartment buildings

Where can you find those in NYC now? I mean the kind in the movies, where everyone knows each other, the landlady watches who comes in through her window with curlers in her hair, people hang out on the front stoop talking, laundry lines out the back windows, people smoking on the fire escape, etc. I want to find a small studio apt in a building like that to experience NYC. Would it be in Brooklyn?

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by Anonymousreply 4405/24/2020

Only at MGM studios. Set your time travel Studebaker to 1940.

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2015

Sadly R1 is correct.

True neighborhoods and community are a vestige of the past. :(

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2015

Beg your pardon, but the East Village has a lot of that going on. I've been here for years.

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2015

Robert Moses abolished New York neighborhoods in 1950.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2015

I had that when I lived in one of the Columbia U-owned apartments. Non University-affiliated people lived in the building, too. They were great. One of the ladies had been in the building for 50 years. Columbia treated them like dirt in an effort to get them to move. But they stayed and they made the building a really nice place to live.

I also saw George Stephanopoulos every day walking into SIPA.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2015


Is there room for all of us? I'm packing as I type.

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2015

OP, where do you live?

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2015

Los Angeles. I was watching an old movie, "My Sister Eileen" on TV. That took place in Greenwich Village, which I know is not the same today, But I thought you get have that type of set up still somewhere else. I plan to move to NYC in December.

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2015

Isn't Hell's Kitchen one of these neighborhoods? As well as the Lower East Side? Mind you, Mrs. Goldberg isn't going to be sticking her head out, calling "Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloom," but the LES is the neighborhood where that happened, 100ish years ago. Hell's Kitchen, aka Clinton, was the Irish version of same.

by Anonymousreply 906/27/2015

[quote]mind you, Mrs. Goldberg isn't going to be sticking her head out, calling "Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloom,"

LOL! That's exactly they type I was looking for!

by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2015

OP, I'm the person who lived at Columbia. After graduation, I moved to Sugar Hill (c. 2003) and it had a very neighborhoodish feeling. We had community picnics and neighbors watched out for one another. I left in 2008 so I can't speak to present-day Sugar Hill but you might want to check it out.

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2015

Big corporation are buying up all the old buildings in Brooklyn. My guess is it's the same in Queens. Staten Island is mostly private homes and Godfather types. Sadly, OP, you will need a time tunnel to find what you're looking for. I'm old enough to remember the days you're looking for and I'm heartbroken that they are gone forever.

by Anonymousreply 1206/27/2015

Wow. Part of what I love about NYC is NOT having "friendly" buildings and neighborhoods. I hate people knowing my comings and goings. I also hate having to make small talk.

by Anonymousreply 1306/27/2015

How do you live if you can't make small talk? It's called "small" talk for a reason. It hardly matters what you say.

by Anonymousreply 1406/27/2015

I have a Flyover question: when I see old movies (or period movies) and the immigrants are living in big squalid, overcrowded structures...

Were those buildings built as tenements? Or are they old family homes or mansions, divided up into smaller units by slumlords?

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2015

Yeah Hell's Kitchen is, but be careful what you wish for. Our super is a terrible, petty person, universally disliked. We have our fair share of people that you pointedly do not want to say hello to.

by Anonymousreply 1606/27/2015

[quote] Or are they old family homes or mansions, divided up into smaller units by slumlords?

In the era from 1880-1940, the tenements were not old family homes or mansions divided up into smaller units. The use of those larger single-family homes as apartments was much more prevalent from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the middle of the 20th century things had changed, and almost no one had household staff to keep up those old mansions. People didn't really want them, either.

by Anonymousreply 1706/27/2015

Some nice pre-war buildings in Inwood

by Anonymousreply 1806/27/2015

Baby cages in the 1930s..

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by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2015

When did beat cops vanish? You know, the gruff Irish cop with the heart of gold who knew all the neighborhood kids and kept an eye on the ones headed for trouble.

by Anonymousreply 2006/27/2015

Don't do it. You always have a fat broad coming over and hanging all over your Cuban husband. She brings along her fat, bald, lech of a husband who you can tell is gay from outer space. She never knocks, she just walks in, assuming you're not in the middle of getting fucked by your Cuban husband. Even when you try to move to another state, she'll follow you. You try to offer her food and she just gets sarcastic and says things like "I've had sufficient." Just don't go there.

by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2015

Fred Mertz is gay? I hate the way they walk in each others houses. It would waste a lot of the show if they knocked though.

by Anonymousreply 2206/27/2015

R9, there are "sections" of New York like "Hell's Kitchen" (real name Clinton), Murray Hill, Chelsea, Lower East Side, etc, in Manhattan. They are no longer neighborhoods as portrayed in old movies. Look up Robert Moses and what he did (and wanted to do) to NYC housing in the post-war period.

by Anonymousreply 2306/28/2015

[quote] "Hell's Kitchen" (real name Clinton),

actually, Hell's Kitchen is the real historic name, it's been called that for about a hundred years. "Clinton" real estate whores made up within the past ten.

by Anonymousreply 2406/28/2015

What about the heroin addicts? I'm sure there must be plenty of dope addicts shooting up crazy horse in those alleyways, right? Formerly hep cats who got hooked on goofballs and descended into being men with golden arms.

I sure do miss them days and the golden years of the Bowery when it was full of friendly flophouses.

by Anonymousreply 2506/28/2015

R25 Why dont you just say you miss cheap rents?

by Anonymousreply 2606/28/2015

R20 Beat cops like that vanished when they could no longer box the ears of local kids as they saw fit, without getting smacked with a lawsuit for it.

by Anonymousreply 2706/28/2015

In my neighborhood, the local priest used to box our ears (LAPD wasn't into "beats.")

by Anonymousreply 2806/28/2015

I live I Lefferts Gardens Brookyn , OP. It's mostly a West Indies neighborhood and a good number of the older people still hang on the stoop in the Summer. A lot of people don't seem to have ac. All the buildings are 1890s to pre war so really pretty is run down sometimes. I have a beautiful 1938 huge one bedroom with 10 ft ceilings and 4 ft windows. As I'm reading this I see one of the ladies across the way hanging out her window. As for cops, last week the neighborhood kids put up a bbq grill and 25 cops showed up to write a ticket. It's not for everyone but I like it.

by Anonymousreply 2906/28/2015

Did the baby cages come with trap doors for those "fussy" babies?

by Anonymousreply 3006/28/2015

[quote]Isn't Hell's Kitchen one of these neighborhoods?

If you mean the neighbors all know each other in what is referred to as the biblical sense, yes, Hell's Kitchen is indeed one of these neighborhoods.

by Anonymousreply 3106/28/2015

I live in a West Village five-story walk-up with 20 apartments. We all know each other and sign for packages when someone's not home.

by Anonymousreply 3206/28/2015

[quote]We all know each other and sign for packages when someone's not home.

I was wondering who ate the homemade cookies my mother sent me.

by Anonymousreply 3306/28/2015

It was called both Clinton and Hell's Kitchen when I lived in NY, R24, and that was in the '70s.

by Anonymousreply 3406/28/2015

I wonder if Old New York will come back because of the exodus from New York.

by Anonymousreply 3505/23/2020

Pittsburgh, OP- today.

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by Anonymousreply 3605/23/2020

2015 BUMP TROLL strikes again.

by Anonymousreply 3705/23/2020

OP, your best option is time travel back AT LEAST 40 years.

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by Anonymousreply 3805/23/2020


No, because immigrants will just move in.

by Anonymousreply 3905/23/2020

I want a place like that whore Holly Golightly. Except for the loud Oriental man upstairs.

by Anonymousreply 4005/23/2020

My old roommate’s apartment on the Upper West Side was kind of like this. A lot of characters in the building and everyone knew eachother. Her neighbor was a trans woman who always wore blue wigs and had lots of cats. She still lives there but rent is upwards of 3K for a one bedroom.

I live in Astoria and my super is really friendly, we always chat in the mornings and he leaves my packages at my door for me (old building with no doormen). But I just moved in last year so don’t know many people in the building yet.

by Anonymousreply 4105/23/2020

Don’t forget the bathtub in the kitchen. Also railroad apartments.

by Anonymousreply 4205/23/2020

Another vote for Hell's Kitchen, even though it's a lot less of what it was at one time, during the 40s or 50s. Back then it was the go-to residential 'hood for actors, chorus boys and girls, and other assorted Broadway types. Though not a classic, movies like TheRat Race are set there, with somme on location shots of 8th Avenue to boot. And I don't recall the name, but another movie from the 50s ended with the young marrieds renting an apartment in HK that might be just what OP has in mind. A happy ending!

West 55th Street between 8th and 9th is a definite standout. Tree lined, all apartment buildings, nothing new or modern about them. So you have that, and walking east you hit 8th ave and go left. And instantly it's midtown Manhattan in all of its glorious hustle and bustle (when quarantine ends that is). You're steps away from Time Warner Center, five subway lines, that buzzing underground mostly food court that debuted about two years ago, Columbus Circle, that cool older apartment building on W 59th St (the first one, sorry I don't know the name), Central Park, Sophia's Spanish takeout, Citibike and more. I know two people (different residences) that live n W 55th and they both love it.

by Anonymousreply 4305/24/2020

I heard this once about Manhattan compared to Brooklyn: In Manhattan, you're lucky if you know the names of the people living on the same floor as you. In Brooklyn, you know everyone in your neighborhood's name.

by Anonymousreply 4405/24/2020
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