Narrowest Buildings in NYC

Narrowest Buildings in New York City

In New York City they say you can never be too thin or too rich, but we’re not so sure this applies to New York City apartments. Small dwellings are commonplace in NYC, but these anorexic abodes take the cake (but like good New Yorkers don’t eat it!). We bring you the top 10 narrowest residential buildings in NYC in order from widest to skinniest.

All data have been compiled from ACRIS, NYC DOB, Zillow and Trulia.

Top 10 Narrowest Residential Buildings in NYC

10. 55A Monroe Street, Brooklyn NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  1,980 ft² | 184 m²

Built in 1920, this is converted two-family duplex is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn . The property sold for $7,500 in 2013 according to the Office of the City Register.

355A Monroe St Brooklyn NY

9. 22 East 84th Street, New York, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  1,980 ft² | 184 m²

This four-story single family home built in 1950 last sold in 1999 for $3,018,750.

22 East 84th St New York, NY

8. 404 Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  2,556 ft² | 237 m²

Located in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, this three-story building was built in 1899. The slender property last changed hands in 1977 for an undisclosed amount.

404 Greenwood Ave Brooklyn NY

7. 1054 62nd Street, Brooklyn, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  2,880 ft² | 268 m²

This slim three-story multi-family home was built in 2004 and has been occupied since 2006 according to the NYC Department of Buildings.

1054 62nd Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

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6. 31 West 94th St, New York NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  4,309 ft² | 400 m²

Built in 1909, this classy three-story coop is perfect for slim model types. In 2006 apartment #2R sold for $275,000.

31 West 94th St, New York NY

5. 261 West 93rd Street, New York, NY

width 11 ft | 3.66 m Area  4,734 ft² | 440 m²

This slim seven-unit five-story walkup was built in 1900.

261 West 93rd Street, New York, NY

4. 481 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

width 10.33 ft | 3.15 m Area  1,395 ft² | 130 m²

Built in 1899, this slender single-family Bed-Stuy home sold in 2014 for $25,000.

481 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn

3. 58 Hunter Avenue, Staten Island, NY

width 10 ft | 3 m Area  1,320 ft² | 120 m²

Constructed in 1986, this single-family Staten Island home was sold in 2012 for $265,000.

58 Hunter Avenue, Staten Island

2. 83 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

width 10 ft | 3 m Area  1,050 ft² | 98 m²

83 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

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1. 75 1/2 Bedford Street, NY

width 9.5 ft | 2.8 m Area  999 ft² | 93 m²

The narrowest and most famous of the narrow houses is located in the West Village on Bedford at Commerce St. Built in 1873, many bold-faced names called this townhouse on 75 1/2 Bedford home including Cary Grant, Edna St Vincent Millay, William Steig, and John Barrymore. The slender structure boasts an envious backyard complete with brick pavers and greenery (see pictures below). In 2013, the skinny historic home sold for a fat $3.25 million.

75 1/2 Bedford Street, NY

Backyard of 75 1/2 Bedford Street, New York, NY

75 1/2 Bedford Street

Ultimate Guide to NYC: Hélène Bellemare Heath

Insider Guide to NYC: Hélène Heath

Fashion blogger and stylista Hélène Heath shares her Insider New York favorites for New York living. Check out her blog, Fashion Over Reason. We’re huge fans. You can also follow her on Instagram and on Pinterest.

What’s your full name?
Hélène Heath

What neighborhood do you live in?
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

How long have you lived in NYC?
four years

Where are you from originally?
Montreal

What do you do?
I wear many hats (good thing I have a hat face). I’m a style blogger and fashion consultant, but I also do personal styling when my schedule allows it.

Do you have a great “NYC moment” story?
I think it’s required to have a great New York story (or multiple ones) to be a New Yorker! One of my favorites is that I came here years ago to do an internship and had five days to find a place to live. I took to craigslist, as any self-respecting 23-year old would do, and while I saw a lot of dumps and weirdos, I also ended up finding the most amazing people that have become some of my best friends. I knew it the moment I walked in and their dog peed on me.

Living in NYC is living a life punctuated with amazing twists of fate and out-of-this-world moments. I’ll never forget the butterflies I felt when I first laid eyes on the Manhattan skyline, the perfect first date I had with my husband, the crazy people I encountered in the subway, the cheese pizza slices I ate curbside in random West Village streets at 4 AM, the kindness of a stranger who found my iPhone in the back of a cab and returned it to me, the many celebrity spottings while they’re just being regular people, my first Broadway show, eating my way through certain neighborhoods, learning about the fantastic gift to humanity that is Ricky’s, the joy of being able to get anything delivered at any given time of day, the cherry blossoms in Washington Square Park, moving to Brooklyn and complaining about Manhattan… I can go on for hours. It’s all a dream. But it’s also an awesome reality.

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Favorite neighborhood to walk the streets?
West Village

Favorite intimate haunt to meet an old friend?
The Marlton Hotel lobby

Best dive bar?
The Abbey in Williamsburg

Favorite romantic resto?
Maison Premiere in Williamsburg. Their patio is all romance.

Maison Premiere Williamsburg

Maison Premiere Williamsburg. Credit: Maison Premiere

 

Favorite park to stroll through?

Washington Square Park

Best area for binge shopping?
Nolita

Best Bloody Mary?
Prune in the East Village

Favorite late-night grub spot after a long night?
Crif Dogs

Best place for a mani/pedi?
Primp and Polish on Driggs in Williamsburg

Best place to thrift shop?
Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea Fort Greene

Brooklyn Flea Fort Greene. Credit: Kate Glicksberg

 

Best hamburger?
Diner in Williamsburg

Favorite brunch spot?
Cafe Mogador

Best shoe shopping?
Barneys

Favorite place to hear music?
Rockwood

Favorite NYC summer activities?
Happy hour on a terrace. Biking from Williamsburg to Dumbo and picnicking under the Brooklyn Bridge. Spending a Saturday afternoon at Governor’s Island. Smorgasburg on Saturdays. Outdoor concerts in various parks. Getting gelato at Il Laboratorio del Gelato.

Go-to place for dinner: Cafe Colette in Williamsburg.

Favorite Pizza: it’s a tie between Rubirosa in Nolita and Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint.

Best terrace: Northern Territory in Greenpoint.

Best place to spot a celebrity in their natural habitat: Anywhere in the West Village.

Favorite bagels: Murray’s.

Best Karaoke: Arlene’s Grocery.

Favorite classic NYC joint: the Spotted Pig.

Favorite tourist activity: walk the Highline and ride the East River Ferry.

NYC bucket list: Get tickets to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

First Day of Spring 2015 NYC

First Day of Spring 2015 NYC

As if this abrasively freezing and snowy winter wasn’t enough, instead of the sweet bird-songs of spring serenades,  the first day of spring came to greet us with a frosty snowstorm of a kiss. No frolicking the streets on a nice warm day, no basking in the warm rays of spring, no feelings of spring love in the air–just more cold and snow. Take a look at some of our favorite shots of the first day of spring in NYC. We can only hope that this frigid relationship starts to thaw.

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Noisy Neighbors

Ultimate NYC Guide to Noise Complaints: Part 1

Part 1: Who’s Making All That Noise?!

New York City is Called “The City that Never Sleeps” for a Reason. Crowned as the most densely populated city with a population of more than 100,000 people in America, New York City packs in a staggering 27,016.3 people per square mile. Squeezed into apartments like stacks of sardines, New Yorker’s have no choice but to be reminded of our neighbors’ existence in some way or another at all hours of the day and night. Noise in the hallway, TV blaring through the wall, some kid’s painful piano practice (over and over because practice makes perfect!),  couples fighting, loud conversations, music and noise from above (and on and on) are all parts of the cost of living in the city that never sleeps.  That doesn’t even account for the rest of the noise from emergency response vehicles, fire trucks, horns blaring and even ice cream trucks! The sources of noise pollution may seem endless, but that doesn’t mean that New Yorkers can’t complain about it.

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According to data collected by NYC Open Data, in 2014, The City of New York received a whopping 145,645 noise complaints. That works out to about 400 noise complaints a day. More than half of the complaints received regard noise from neighbors, the rest originates from outside sources. Loud Music/Party and Loud Talking collectively make up 50% of the noise complaints. This doesn’t come as a surprise for such a vibrant metropolis–after all, it’s New York City; not the suburbs. Below is the break down of the top 13 noise complaints that make up 97% of the total with 3% accounting for random other noise complaints.

Kinds of Noise Complaints in NYC

In the below chart you can see a breakdown of the different types of noise complaints by New Yorkers. Some of them like dog barking or jackhammering are obvious, but what kind of cold-hearted New Yorker tattle-tales on the ice cream man?!

Chart Breakdown of Noise Complaints in NYC

 

Map of Location of Noise Complaints in NYC 2014

This interactive heat-map shows you the location of the noisiest neighborhoods of New York City. Have patience, this map takes a little time to load due to the large number of New Yorkers complaining about noise.

When are the Noise Complaints

Not all days and times are equal for noise complaints in New York. We’ve taken the data and graphed it by time and by day of the week. There are some obvious findings, like most complaints being clustered from 10:00pm – 2:00 am, especially on weekends–a clear sign of people just trying to get some shut eye.

Many of the complaints don’t have to do with disrupting sleep, at all, as can be seen with the Saturday spike from 7:00am onward. These New Yorkers that favor sitting at home in silence and jumping at the opportunity to quiet their neighbors may be better off living in the quiet country than in the bustling big city. It’s the weekend, after all!

Chart Noise Complaint Times in NYC by Weekday

Next: How to Deal with a Noisy Neighbor (coming soon)

 

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Noisy Neighbors

Ultimate NYC Guide to Noise Complaints

It’s 2:00 am on a Tuesday and the couple on the other side of your bedroom with the girl that screams so loud during sex that you’re dying to knock on their door and tell him that she’s faking it is going at it full volume. Maybe you’re sitting in your living room watching your show after a long day at the office while the bass from the upstairs-neighbor’s subwoofer is pumping out dust from the ceiling with every beat. It might even just be 9:12 am on Sunday morning while you’re trying to slip into your weekend yoga routine while the kids upstairs at 4B pummel your ceiling (and your plans to meditate) with a barrage of cartwheels, kicks, jumps and stomps. I’ll discuss below ways you can you get them to quiet down.

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Or maybe you’re the one having a get together to celebrate that promotion you just got and your next-door neighbor is threatening to call the cops if you don’t shut it down. Aren’t you allowed to have a get-together from time to time? As if your rent isn’t too high already that you can’t even enjoy where you live without your neighbors meddling in the affairs of your life. We’ll discuss what your rights are and what you can do to assuage your neighbors’ wrath.

In this three-part guide you’ll find out how to survive all that noise in the Big Apple. We’ll discuss where all the noise is coming from, how to deal with noisy neighbors without waging war, how to throw a party and get away with it and how to maneuver a noise complaint and get away scot-free when the NYPD is banging at your door.

Part 1: Who’s Making All That Noise?!

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Foodnited States of America

The Foodnited States of America

O’er the land of the FREEEEEEE and home of Swissconsin! Say WHAT? That’s right, I said “Swissconsin,” or would you like some Cransas instead? We could go on, but we’ll let these punny pictures do the talking instead. We bring you “The Foodnited States of America” by Chris Durso of Foodiggity.

The mouthwatering photo series  was the idea of Durso’s eight-year old son, Cameron. We’re obsessed with these mini-masteries of edible American geography. Durso is still working on finishing up all Fifty Foodnited States of America, but you can see what he has so far on his Foodiggity’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

The Foodnited States of America

Piedaho

Piedaho

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Arkanslaw

Arkanslaw

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Avocolorado

Avocolorado

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New Jerky

New Jerky

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Swissconsin

Swissconsin

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South Dacocoa Puffs

South Dacocoa Puffs

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Ryeoming

Ryeoming

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Tunasee

Tunasee

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Pork Lo Maine

Pork Lo Maine

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Georgianzola

Georgianzola

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Kaleifornia

Kaleifornia

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Rocky Rhode Island

Rocky Rhode Island

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Prosciutah

Prosciutah

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Pretzelvania

Pretzelvania

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Iowatermelon

Iowatermelon

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Kenturkey

Kenturkey

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North Duckota

North Duckota

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New Spamshire

New Spamshire

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Cransas

Cransas

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Nutellaware

Nutellaware

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Gay Roommate

Should I Live With a Gay Roommate?

Guys, if you’re straight and asking if you should live with a gay roommate, most likely the answer in your head is already no. You probably think that you’ll have nothing in common and it’ll just be awkward. You may even be thinking that he might try to turn you gay.

We know the that best roommates are like-minded people with mutual respect and understanding for each others’ needs and boundaries. Exactly what a like-minded roommate is, however, depends on who you ask. Sure, someone’s sexuality is a big part of who they are, but lots of people would be surprised to find out just how well gays and straights can get along as roommates with tons of shared interests.

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Live with a Gay Roommate

  1. He’ll mess up your apartment and make it ugly
    Gay Interior Design

    I mean, honestly, everyone knows that most gay guys have a horrible sense of style. If you lived with this guy you’d never be able to invite people over to your Freshman-dorm-inspired bro pad. Dude, interior designers are all straight, right?

  2. He’ll never give you style advice and make you look your best before a date

    How Do I Look? Fabulous!

    Everyone knows that gay guys have no sense of style and would never help you look your best for that girl you’re trying to impress. You’ve obviously never seen “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” dude.

  3. He’ll never listen to what’s going on with you or lend you a shoulder

    Cheer Up, Bro!

    A gay roommate would never listen when you need to let off steam after a tough day. Because gays are generally bad listeners with no social skills and never know how to show you a good time and get you out of a rut. Just try talking to some gays and see how much support you’ll get, bro. 😉

  4. Gays & Straights Have Nothing in Common
    420

    That’s right. All gays are exactly the same and they’re only concerned about their sexuality. You’ll have absolutely no shared likes, interests, TV shows, movies or taste in music with a gay roommate. Because everyone knows that all straight dudes are carbon copies of one another with exactly the same personality.

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  5. You’ll walk in on him having sex

    Surprised Face Home Alone
    Because it’s never awkward when a bro walks in on his straight roommate having sex on the couch in the living room, right?

  6. He’ll just talk about gay stuff all the time

    gaaaaaaay
    Gay guys have nothing to ever talk about except for gay stuff. They have no other interests like school, work, hobbies, politics, movies, friends, family, your relationship issues, what to make for dinner or anything else that people like to talk about. Besides, we all know how unbearable it is to listen to anything anyone else ever has to say except for exactly what you’re interested in.

  7. People will think you’re gay

    Are You Gay?
    It’s true! Anyone who would live with, be friends with, or even just hang out or talk to a gay guy has to be gay, bro! Just like how anyone who lives with, is friends with or even talks to a unicorn is probably one too. Because that makes perfect sense! Not.

  8. Your friends won’t like you anymore

    Gay Roommate

    If you have a gay roommate none of your bros will like you anymore. They’ll probably all run away from you and never talk to you again, because those are the kinds of friends that you want to keep around.

  9. He’ll steal your girlfriend

    Gay Roommate Stole Girlfriend

    Gay guys are notorious for trying to steal straight guys’ girlfriends. They might even take your girlfriend shopping, to get coffee or even to get pedicures together! Yeah, gay guys make the worst roommates.

  10. You’ll turn gay

    Can't Make a Straight Guy Gay

    Bro, if you’re straight, chances are you’ll stay that way… even if you have a hot gay roommate. If you think that a gay roommate would turn you gay, you should probably be questioning your own sexuality, not his. Dudes, you might be surprised by some Platonic bromance with your gay roommate.

So now you get it, bros… GAY GUYS MAKE AWESOME ROOMMATES! Well, just as awesome as everyone else. You should just them on an individual basis and see if you click. Find out what you have in common–you’ll probably be very surprised.

Take Kacey for example, who lived with not one, but two gay roommates! And yes, dudes, he is completely straight. He talks about all the perks of living with them and how they all get along well.

SketchShe

Bohemian Carsody is the Most Fun Video You’ll See Today

Female comedy trio SketchShe has crafted a smile-inducing sped-up car lip sync to “Bohemian Rhapsody” that will make you understand the importance of like-minded friends and roommates. We played the whole clip through twice!

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Oldest Surviving Footage of NYC

New York tops the list as the most photographed city in the world, but have you seen the oldest footage of the Big Apple? It’s a treat to see video of the way things were in this constantly changing city where it seems that restaurants that just opened yesterday have already shuttered their doors before you even had a chance to score a reservation.Find a Like-Minded Roommate

Compilation of Oldest Video Footage of NYC