In any urban area, there are people that live above businesses. And while laundromats or real estate offices might not effect the daily lives of the upstairs neighbors, there are some that have strong pros and cons. New York magazine interviewed people who live above a wide selection of retail space, from a famous bakery to a strip club, to find out what life is really like.

From celebrity sightings to moviegoing in your slippers to shooing cupcake picnics off your stoop, check out the stories of seven New Yorkers: