Then & Now: I can't use my 43rd floor terrace--but my closets are amazing
By P. |April 1, 2011 - 2:37PM
Two years ago I rented my two-bedroom, two-bath 1,500 square foot apartment near Columbus
Circle for the view from the terrace. From the 43rd floor, I have panoramic
views of the Hudson River, and I can see the Empire State Building and even the
Statute of Liberty on a clear day.
I knew I’d love to watch the cruise ships coming in, as well as see
the barges going up and down the river. I could also view the planes landing
and taking off at Newark Airport. I was so excited by the large terrace that I
planted flowers and bought a table that seats eight thinking that I would have
terrific dinner parties.
Acquiring the terrace did not come without sacrifice: I hated how
narrow the living room was because I had a baby grand piano. Because the
apartment couldn’t house it, I had to sell it. I overcame the loss of the piano,
since I must admit I rarely played it and figured the time would be better
spent sitting outdoors anyway.
While I still love the view, what I didn’t realize when I rented
the apartment is that my terrace isn't that usable because of the high winds
coming off the Hudson. And because of the high winds, my plants wither away and
I have to use "fake" plants to spruce up the area. Also, because of
the winds, it’s rather difficult for me to dine on the terrace. So much for
those moonlit soirees in open air.
What I’ve come to like even more than the view--enough to renew my lease--is the six huge
closets my apartment has. Being a woman, this is far more valuable space than
the outdoor area that cannot be used to house clothes and shoes.
Then & Now explores how time illuminates the pros and cons of an apartment--and how what draws people to a place isn't necessarily what keeps them there.
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