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Is it worth it to live in a decrepit building just to look out over our gorgeous skyline, or would you rather live in a gorgeous building that looks out over nothing, not even a brick wall?
That’s the question we posed to five New Yorkers this week, and as usual, the responses were mixed.
Here's what we found out:
A beautiful building is all I want
I don’t like leaving my house. My life revolves around my dogs and it’s not like they can see out the window anyway!—Morgan Bailey, Park Slope
My apartment was gut-renovated before I moved in, so it’s clean and nice, but the building itself is very old and looks like it needs a power-wash from the inside out. It doesn’t bother me too much because it’s really my apartment that matters, not the hallways. I’m constantly looking out the window, so a great view of the park or the water would be game-changing.—Allie Smith, Alphabet City (pictured below)
I’m all about the view
I’d rather live in a crappy building as long as there are no rats. Like, if the faucets leak and the tiles don’t match, that’s cool, provided I have something spectacular to look at out my windows.—Cassie Delaney, Crown Heights
Give me a nice building any day
I would be terrified if the inside of my building had rats or roaches and would much rather have bad views than a bad building.—Yvette Tse, Park Slope
Save the views for when I’m out
I’d take a beautiful building with crappy views, for sure. There are so many places you can find good views—who needs them from your own bedroom!—Lauren Guberman, Upper East Side
The verdict: It was a close call, but for a majority of these New Yorkers, a nice building matters way more than a great view.
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