As strange as it may sound, wars are used to categorize apartments by age.
Getting an apartment in NYC is not only expensive, but also frequently competitive and complicated.
New tenants occasionally have to pay an application fee, a broker’s fee, a security deposit, and the first month’s rent all up front.
Which explains why some people have roommates well into their thirties.
Bedrooms — whether in 1-bedroom or multi-bedroom apartments — are often very, very small.
And some of them (illegally) don’t even have a window to the outside world.
Bedroom closets are typically tiny — or straight-up nonexistent.
Fire escapes are the closest thing most people will ever have to “outdoor space” in the city.
Having a washer and dryer in-unit is a luxury most New Yorkers can only dream about.
In fact, many apartment buildings don’t have laundry rooms either.
The only dishwasher in many NYC apartments is the person left to wash the dishes by hand.
Everything about NYC apartment kitchens is small: the sink, the stove, and sometimes even the fridge.
A pantry? Forget about it. You’re lucky if you have more than two or three kitchen cabinets.
Apartment buildings don’t “come with” parking lots or garages.
And finding an affordable place to park your car near your apartment is almost impossible, especially in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.
Many buildings don’t allow pets — especially dogs.
Installing your window AC unit each summer is a terrifying ritual that could literally kill someone down below if it goes wrong.
And, during the winter, some apartments in older buildings can’t even control their own heat.
Yet, for some reason, the search for a bigger, better place is always on.