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Ever walk past a concert hall, baseball stadium or barrel down the FDR drive and thought, "I wonder what it would be like to live next to this"?
Well, wonder no more! This week's SurvivalList focuses on our Living Next To column, a collection of first-hand accounts about living near something that others might rather not.
Of course, we've found our fair share of optimists who see a silver lining in any neighbor, like the woman who learned to appreciate her life while living next to a funeral home and one who thinks the the pros (convenience mostly) outweigh the cons (noise, foot traffic) of living near Herald Square.
There's even a couple that bought a pied-a-terre directly adjacent to the FDR--with a balcony--and relish the grit and the noise.
But we've got plenty of cautionary tales, too, like the couple who live next door to the Beacon Theater and have had to contend with clouds of pot smoke and public urination on occasion, and the pair above Zabar's who smell onions all day long.
Then there's the man who lives next to a school's "play street" that can't get an ounce of work done between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Many chroniclers say they have mixed feelings about their location -- like the woman who lives next to the United Nations and appreciates the international vibe but not the lack of parking.
What can we say? In this densely populated city, chances are you may find yourself near a noisy, smelly building at some point. To be prepared, click on the posts below: