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(Apt) #1 isn’t the loneliest number after all

By Christine Lindebak | January 25, 2010 - 11:07AM 
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There are lots of reasons to avoid ground floor apartments: Street and lobby noise, proximity to vermin, sidewalk cigarette smoke, and exposure to Peeping Toms, to name a few.

But living in Apartment Numero Uno comes with its own set of hazards. In a doorman- or super-free building, Buzzer #1 (or, alternatively, #1A) is the default code for everyone else’s problem, including:
  • The contractor remodeling the vacant apartment upstairs
  • The fashionista who lost her keys at 2 a.m.
  • Restaurant delivery guys in a hurry
  • Real estate agents showing the vacant unit down the hall
  • The signature-seeking UPS guy
Of course, it's not all bad news: In a fire, you'll be the first one out.
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