Welcome to "The A Line"! In every episode of this new video series, we visit two homes that have an identical floorplan- and see how their inhabitants use the same space in different ways.
In this episode, we visit a historic grand apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. What used to be one lavish building with twenty grandiose apartments- with ballrooms, libraries, and servant's quarters- is now divided into more than a hundred oddly-shaped but gorgeous modern NYC apartments with historic detailing.
Today we visit two of these apartments, both with exactly the same floor plan. The first is occupied by Christin and AJ, a young couple making their first home together, and the second by DJ, an independent filmmaker. Presenting the same challenge of an oddly-shaped floor plan, how were these two homes brilliantly arranged to suit their occupants' unique needs?
Name: Michael Bewley, Kerri Young and Nora Young Location: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 4 years
From the moment when they greeted us at the front door with mimosas, I knew that Michael, Kerri and Nora's house tour was going to be a little bit different. The best thing about their apartment isn't the decor, although that is pretty great too. The best thing about their place is that it's truly a home, a place where meals are cooked and friends are entertained and shows are watched, a place where three friends have come together to create a kind of alternative family.
Name: Matt Rudkin Location: Hell's Kitchen, New York, NY Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 6 months; rented
Matt's apartment feels cool. It's hard to tell if it's the soothing grey of the walls or the pile of fluffy pillows placed carefully on the bed or the sunlight streaming in through an entire wall of windows, but the feeling you get immediately upon walking in the door is one of calm and relaxation. Matt moved to this diminutive space (300 square feet!) only six months ago from an apartment three times as big, but from looking around it's quickly apparent that he's already a pro at small space living.
Name: Jessica, Milo, and the world's floppiest cat Location: Carroll Gardens; Brooklyn, New York Size: 325 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented
Two people and a cat in a 325 square feet might seem like a bit of a squeeze to some people. But for Jessica and Milo, it's more than worth it to have an affordable place in one of Brooklyn's most lively neighborhoods, where a huge variety of restaurants are just around the corner and neighbors still know each others' names. And when you see how beautiful their apartment is, and how cuddly their cat is, you might just be asking if you can move in, too.