For some New Yorkers, the best thing in the world might be to be able to stroll from mailroom to apartment door without seeing a soul. For others, it’s far better to know thy neighbor. Read on as five New Yorkers weigh in on what they think would be the apartment building vibe:
Solo living is lonely I'm a single female who prefers a family-friendly building. I live alone so I like to see others. I love kids in the elevator who giggle and press buttons—that’s when I remember I am not alone.—Shari, Upper West Side (pictured below)
We’re a split household I prefer friendly and my boyfriend prefers private—he’s a Scorpio and I’m a Gemini!—Denise, East Village
Neighbors matter In this fast-paced city, it’s nice to have a neighbor recognize you and hold the door for you as you enter the building instead of scowling and walking fast. Additionally, you never know when you're going to need help in a pinch because your WiFi is out or a package is being delivered.—Jarryd, Bushwick/Ridgewood
Give me anonymity any day of the week I don’t want to be up in my neighbors’ business, and I don’t need them up in mine. Have you ever seen Disturbia?—Alexa, Yorkville
Tough question I’m conflicted. I would like to know my neighbors for emergencies, but I also don't want to feel guilty about stomping around in my heels or throwing a party.—Michelle, Yorkville
Verdict: It’s a mixed bag this week—we’ve got two New Yorkers craving a friendly place to call home, one who craves anonymity, and two who see the pros and cons of each!
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