My First Apartment: Janel's 28th Street Studio

My First Apartment: Janel's 28th Street Studio

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Janel Laban
Aug 1, 2011

Location: NYC
Size/Type: Studio, around 500 square feet (very approximate, based on memory)
Length of Residence: One year

My first apartment was at 7th Avenue and 28th Street in NYC. I was an art student and moved out of the dorms into a studio that I shared with a friend. I loved everything about it, even the fact that you could hear the trains arriving at the station below day and night — it made me feel like a real New Yorker...finally.

What I loved about this home: My favorite details were the old fashioned glass mail chute by the elevators and the wacky closed circuit tv channel that showed you the lobby of the building (so you see who you were buzzing up ahead of time). My nieces came to visit and the highlight of their trip was saying funny things over the intercom to people going in and out of the building and watching their surprised reaction on the tv - good (silly!) times.

What changed when I moved on to my next home: I moved to the East Village where I lived with my boyfriend (who later became my husband) and his roommate in a big old one bedroom apartment over a dry cleaner (smelly!). The switch from west side to east side and from above 14th street to below seemed like a really big deal at the time...and it probably still would.

Best bit of advice for people moving into their first home: Have fun and don't sweat the small stuff. First apartments usually have plenty of things about them that aren't perfect and you probably won't live here forever, but you WILL remember it so make some good memories!

Image: Kheel Tower 1926 Sales Brochure via 315 Seventh Avenue

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