Is it safe to live in a brownstone? Is it lonely?

By Teri Karush Rogers | December 22, 2010 - 2:56PM 

In an discussion about whether brownstones are as safe as apartments, security stirs less concern than “rats, random street guys peeing on your doorstep, shoveling snow, keeping up with building codes (and associated fines), dealing with the city bureaucracy.”   Of course, notes one owner, “if you can afford a brownstone, you can hire a guy who works in a nearby apt building who will do all outside garbage, sweeping, hosing, snow for $100/month. Loneliness and isolation has been the biggest adjustment for us."

Loneliness and isolation?

"In a highrise you interact with people so often, even it is superficial," he or she explains. "In a brownstone, like a suburban house, there is no one but you. It’s no big deal if you are a naturally social person, but if you are shy, like myself, it can be more lonely than expected.”  Another commenter relishes the thought of bidding goodbye to doormen “so nosy it drives me nuts.  ‘Where are you off to?’ ‘You’re going to need a hat!’ ‘Keep that baby dry in the rain!’ Ugh. SHUT UP.”  (

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