The Market

Is it 'ghetto' to live in a brownstone apartment?

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
October 21, 2010 - 8:59AM

On UrbanBaby, a small riot erupted yesterday (aka biz as usual) when someone asked if it was considered ‘ghetto’--cheap, trashy or low-rent--to live in a brownstone if you don’t own the whole thing: “You're considered ghetto for asking the question,” snaps one commenter. Most defend brownstone apartments as a classic, elegant, New York abode (“it's considered a quintessential ny apartment; many of the best blocks in the city are full of brownstones split into apartments”), while some acknowledge a countervailing vein of snobbery: “I'm on the UES, and have had some people turn their noses up at the idea of a small, non-dm building. I don't esp care, but it IS an outlook I've encountered.” As to the fictional Carrie Bradshaw’s choice of shelter [pictured]: “bad example,” says a commenter. “She also wore her name around her neck in fake gold, if that aint ghetto....” (UrbanBaby)


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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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