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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Atop the East Village

East Village cornice, NYC
Photo by myself, somewhere in the East Village.

Some tiny colorful flags were strung up across a courtyard, and window boxes were precariously arranged on the edge of the roof.


Most walk-ups in New York are 5 floors tall. I'm not sure whether this is a zoning standard. The water pressure in the city water mains, however, are just able to reach the fifth floor without the need of an extra pump.

It's always a question for people moving, especially the kids who do it without moving companies: 'What floor are you moving to' and 'What floor are you moving from'? Factor those things in with the time of year, and you can predict what sort of moving day to expect.

I survived moving from a third story walk-up to a fourth story walk-up in July. It was just me and a friend, a van and a cat. The cat did nothing, of course, crouched in her carrier the whole time. The two of us huffed and puffed up and down the stairs, in high humidity, sweat dripping everywhere.

I do recall going to a couple parties at someone's apartment who lived on the seventh floor of a walk-up, somewhere in midtown. To this day I'm not sure how he lived there. What if you forgot to get some milk?

And the craziest thing was that he had parties at his apartment. So all his guests who wanted to smoke had scramble down six flights of stairs to the street, and then hike back up again. It was quite a commitment, those stairs.

Related posts: Looking Up, in Park Slope, On Tenement Life and Cable TV and What's Going Up, Near the ESB.


Ken Mac said...

i like the color..almost like creme brulee!

James said...

I like the building. I thought it was somebodies laundry hanging across.

Will Hennessy said...

gorgeous building!

Kitty said...

Thanks fellas!! :-)

Fredrik said...

I've recently helped two friends to move, and it's a pain in the ***
I think there should be a law that prevents people from moving during summer!
Nice picture. I get more pictures from NYC right now. My younger brother Gustav is travelling through the States doing a roadtrip with his friends. They have a site. http://roadtripus.com/