Not Exactly Like the Movies
We’ve already touched on the fact that when you turn on Orange Is the New Black or Shawshank Redemption, you’re getting a dramatized version of jail or prison on screen.
As for this person, they said that those movies and TV shows really didn’t line up with their experience when they were in High Desert State Prison in Nevada. It seems like nothing is quite like it seems on the silver screen.
Not Built for Comfort
When you go to prison or jail, you’re going somewhere that’s housing you for the duration of your stay. After all, the whole point is that you aren’t allowed to leave.
This person shared that during their time in a holding cell, they learned that while it might be built for housing people, the jail was far from comfortable. Even the temperature stood out to them as nearly unbearable to the point of huddling for warmth.
One thing about going to jail or prison that can be incredibly difficult is that you don’t have much of your own. In fact, your personal belongings are confiscated when you walk in the door.
This person’s former fiancé was incarcerated for a time and noted how he had to start over with nothing once all of his personal belongings were confiscated, including the literal shirt off of his back. Clearly, that’s not something this person agrees with.
Your Privacy Too
Aside from your belongings, there’s a lot more that you lose when you’re incarcerated. For example, you aren’t going to find a lot of privacy either.
When this person described the monotony that the days can take while incarcerated, it was a few notes here that most of us would especially find difficult. Most people want a little privacy when they head to the bathroom or shower — which isn’t something that many jails and prisons offer their inmates.
Missing People Outside
30 years is a long time to do anything. For this person’s brother, they were six years into a 30-year sentence when their sibling posted this on Reddit.
They noted that they try to keep him entertained as much as they can. However, he still finds it hard not to be around his family, especially his growing nieces and nephews. There are a lot of people you can lose contact with when you’re incarcerated.
Not Easy to Stay in Touch Either
That problem we just described isn’t just for lack of effort either. We’re sure that plenty of inmates would spend more time on the phone if they were offered the access they wanted.
In reality, this person found that during their time incarcerated, those phone calls home didn’t come cheap. So, that makes it even harder to keep in touch with people the way you’d like to.
When you turn on the TV, shows about jail, naturally, tend to stress the drama that can happen while someone is incarcerated. How accurate is that really, though?
In this person’s experience, it wasn’t nearly that dramatic at all. If anything, it was a rather boring place to be most of the time. However, she also said that she and other inmates watched out for each other more than she had expected.
Keeping Your Head Down
We’ve used the terms prison and jail thus far. So, it’s important to highlight that, at least in the United States, there’s a difference between the two terms.
This person says that it’s pretty easy to keep your head down. Don’t get involved in a few key things and don’t get involved if you see something happen. As long as you do this, this person found that the stay wasn’t as dramatic as the movies say.
A Simple Answer
If you move out of your home and into a new one, you might feel a sense of anxiety when you’re settling in. After all, there’s a lot of change to get used to.
As this person seems to put it, that feeling of anxiety never goes away when you’re incarcerated. As a matter of fact, we’d guess that it’s a degree of anxiety most of us can’t imagine. As we’ve covered, being incarcerated isn’t nearly the same as moving to a new place.
Choices and Circumstances
You meet a lot of people when you’re incarcerated. As we said, there’s not always a lot of time to yourself, and chatting can help pass the time.
This person said that they noticed a lot of people they’d met had made really bad choices or circumstances put them in an unfortunate position. They said that violence does exist but that they still found their own ways to make fun… given the circumstances they were in.
It’s hard to put into words exactly what it’s like to be incarcerated. After all, it’s not an easy thing to experience, so it wouldn’t be an easy thing to describe either.
Plus, how do you paint a picture of that experience to someone who has never experienced it? You definitely can’t make them understand it but this woman put it into terms that this person might understand. If you had a job you hated and couldn’t leave for years on end, then you might get the idea.
Put Another Way
Of course, she’s not the only person who has tried to communicate what it’s like to be incarcerated to someone who hadn’t been. This guy had another way to put it.
Think about hanging out with a bunch of people you don’t really like and spending all your time with them doing things you don’t enjoy and eating food together that you all hate. This would really wear on you day after day.
Out of the Loop
What do you think would be the hardest thing to handle about being incarcerated? This person had a few answers from their 128 days incarcerated. One of the hardest things that they said was handling the boredom paired with a lack of freedom.
Most of us don’t think about all the freedoms we have in daily life but losing them all can really make you appreciate them more. All of this would be so much harder not knowing what’s going on with your case.
Things Lost and Taken
Earlier, we talked about how hard it is to lose pretty much all of your possessions when you enter incarceration. This person knew how difficult things were for their loved one.
This person was very familiar with the rules of what inmates could have because they made sure they knew the rules before getting things for their mom. Still, it seems that the guards would make up their own rules, so they were still left to see whether they could leave things that day or they’d have to try again.
Learning a Lot
What do you do when you don’t have a lot to work with? Well, as this person explains it, you learn how to make a lot with just a little at your disposal.
They advise that you’ll never meet anyone that’s honed their crafting skills more than someone who has been incarcerated. They said they actually met some of the smartest people in prison and while it wasn’t a good time by any means, it changed their life.
Reading Into It
First and foremost, this person wanted to get out of the way that there wasn’t anything “fun” about being incarcerated. All in all, it just really isn’t a great time.
Like we’ve said, you have a lot of downtime to try and fill, so what can you do? This person found that books were the things that really kept them and many other inmates busy. In fact, they had their own value to the people there.
A Lot of Down Time
This OP shared a similar sentiment from someone they knew who’d been to prison more than once. Once again, the mind-numbing amount of downtime stood out.
When you don’t have the freedom to choose your activities as freely as you would at home, what do you do to fill the time? This guy managed to teach himself a rather niche and complicated skill during his time in prison. Not many people know Ancient Greek.
The Food Sucks
When you go out to lunch right now, the options available to you are nearly endless. Even if you just walk to your fridge, you probably have a few favorites stocked up.
When you’re incarcerated, you don’t have this freedom. Unless you have the money to buy your own food with a commissary, you’re stuck with what they offer. Even if you had commissary money, we’re sure the options were still limited.
No, it Really Does
It’s easy to say that the food isn’t good but it doesn’t quite get the point across. As this person puts it, the food is so bland and gray that it’s dehumanizing.
On top of that, they said the smell wasn’t that great. As a matter of fact, they could place exactly what it smelled like all the time — dog poop. Without basic cleaning products, it’d be all the more impossible to avoid.
Adding an Unfortunate Layer
Claustrophobia is an incredibly common fear as far as phobias go. Most people start to get uneasy when they’re stuck in one spot for too long, even without this intense fear.
If you want to work on a case of claustrophobia, it’s best to work closely with a mental health professional. From a first-person account, this person can verify that if you have claustrophobia, being incarcerated is about as bad as it gets.
In the movies, you’re led to believe that there’s a fight almost every day. That wasn’t really the experience that this Reddit user shared.
During their time incarcerated, they said they saw fewer fights than you might expect but, then again, that makes a lot of sense. After all, no one really wants to stay there longer than they need to, so people weren’t keen on getting into fights that could get them into trouble.
In Some Places, a Real Nightmare
Not everyone’s experience is the same when you’re incarcerated. In fact, you can really see differences in how different facilities are when you go from one place to another.
This person said that during their time in jail, it was overcrowded, unfair, inhumane, and about as hot as it gets. It seems like this level of overcrowding wouldn’t help you cool off when you got back to your cell either. These conditions are nothing short of intolerable.
Correcting a Cliché
As we said, different places do things differently but if you turn on the TV, you likely see no privacy and crude jokes about showering. That wasn’t actually the case for this person.
They said that they actually did get their own space to shower and that these thoughtless jokes didn’t have any basis in their experience. Although it seems that there’s an important difference here between “private” didn’t equate to “personal.”
Cliques and Fitting In
When you have a lot of people stuck together in one place, they might start to form their own cliques and groups amongst the crowd. It’s a common effect that’s stronger in some places than others.
This person said that in their time incarcerated, they saw a lot of cliques and groups form amongst other people who were incarcerated with them. However, they did note that there were differences in everyone’s experience, though.
There are Bullies Too
If you put a large group of people together, as we just covered, there are some patterns that you can see. In the most recent example, we looked at cliques and what they can do. Another effect that you run into is bullies.
This person found that the same held true when they were incarcerated. While most people were just there to do what they needed to do and kept their heads down, they did run into the occasional bully intent on making some miserable.
Louder Than Usual
As we said before, there’s a difference between prison and jail. While this person couldn’t speak to an experience in prison, they said their time in jail was unspeakably boring.
However, it seems like it wasn’t quiet, even if there was a lot of time alone with your thoughts. Not to mention, if you build a hallway out of cinderblock or brick and use tile or linoleum flooring, all of those sounds are going to create an environment where sound echoes and travels far.
This Won’t Help
To start, this person really needed to point out how bad the food is. From its many mentions here, it’s clear that this is worse than just an off day in a cafeteria.
On top of that, the sheer volume of their experience was heightened by the televisions. Not only were they all on different channels but each one had the volume maxed out. This would make the overlapping layers of dialogue nearly impossible to escape.
And Gross Too
As we’ve covered more than once here, there are parts of everyone’s experience that can vary depending on where someone is incarcerated. For this person, that was Mississippi State Penitentiary.
They shared that during their time there, it was boring but more than that, it was absolutely disgusting as well. The sheer filth would really wear on you day after day as well as probably make you more susceptible to falling ill.
Can’t Show That on TV
When you’re watching TV, there are certain things that you just can’t get across. The sound design can be eerily accurate and the visuals can be scarily reminiscent of the real thing.
However, no one has quite nailed the idea of your TV giving off a smell. So, there’s no way a TV show or movie could really communicate how much jail smells. That’s one thing that this person wasn’t going to forget anytime soon.
Looking Forward to the Little Things
If you’re in jail or prison, we’ve already said that you don’t have the freedom you do to choose what you do throughout the day as you would if you weren’t incarcerated.
While this person wasn’t in jail or prison, their father had spent time in both. He stressed how boring it was and how important contact with people on the outside. They shared how important letters and phone calls became to him.
Filling Your Time
As we’ve said time and time again now, there are only a few things that you have to fill your time when you’re incarcerated because your freedom is vastly limited.
This person found themselves lifting a lot of weights to pass the time because, well, working out was one of the few options available to them while they were incarcerated. Other than that, they used their time to watch TV, take a while in the shower, and work on appeals.
Doesn’t Seem Right
There were a few things that stood out to this person while they were incarcerated. They said there was a lot of drama — not always from their fellow inmates either.
One of the things that they couldn’t quite wrap their head around was the reasons why some of the women they met were in there. They found in many cases, they were engaging in self-defense, not something premeditated or vicious. They learned a lot about the people they were incarcerated with.
Left With a Choice
This person said that in prison, you can really choose one of three paths. You can use your time to learn something new, do just about nothing, or find trouble.
They point out that the decisions that you make when you’re incarcerated still have effects. So, they say that there’s an opportunity to ask yourself — if you want to take the chance to start over or find yourself in even more trouble than where you started out.
Setting Some Things Aside
We already talked about how you don’t really get a choice of who you spend time with when you’re incarcerated. So, you get to know some people you probably wouldn’t.
As this person puts it, you aren’t really going to always kick a conversation off with, “What are you in for?” like it’s a movie trying to move the plot along. This person found that they caught themselves thinking someone was really great before learning how they got there.
Some of the Most Creative People They’ve Met
This perspective actually doesn’t come from someone who was incarcerated. Instead, this person was familiar with these settings from the other side as a correctional officer.
Still, they shared, like the person who was incarcerated before, that this was where they met some of the most creative people they’d ever met. From their position, they hope that the people they meet get out to lead a better life with their talent.
Only Takes a Moment
We’ve heard quite a few times at this point how boring it can be to be in jail or prison. This person wasn’t about to argue that point at all.
On that matter, though, they did have something to add. While it was boring, it didn’t take long for things to get far too exciting either. If things were going to get violent, they didn’t notice a whole lot of warning when it happened.
A Quick Overview
We’ve said more than once now how boring things can get when you’re incarcerated. We aren’t talking about the boredom that comes with not deciding on a show to stream either.
According to this person’s husband, that boredom is mind-numbing and, once again, that connection to the outside was crucial. Plus, the anxieties you build in prison aren’t ones that will go away the minute you’re out. The hypervigilance stayed with him for a while.
If You Want to Wash Up
There are a lot of little things in the shower that are luxuries that you might take for granted if you’ve never lived without them.
We aren’t just talking about your choice of shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and any other products you might use. Even a hot shower is a luxury not everyone has. TV can’t account for how cold the showers are. After all, we haven’t quite gotten to 4D television in our homes yet.
Never Getting a Break
Not having your freedom can really take a toll on you mentally. The lack of freedom really gave this person anxiety and we’re sure they’re not the only one. The promise of getting that anxiety back also added anxiety of its own.
This wasn’t because they were anxious about living outside of incarceration but because it felt like the promise of that freedom was always threatened, leaving them walking on eggshells the whole time in the hopes of avoiding adding any time to their sentence.
We’ve already touched on it but this person wanted to stress that your experience when you’re incarcerated can vary a lot depending on where you’re serving your sentence.
It sounds like they speak from experience at more than one facility too, so they have an idea of what they’re talking about. Some of them feel like a story ripped straight from a movie and others aren’t as bad as you might expect. It all depends on what you’re dealing with and where you are.
If there’s one thing you also don’t have when you’re serving a sentence in prison or jail is a lot of space, whether you’re dealing with severe overcrowding or not.
This person once heard a rather apt description of what it was like to live in a prison or jail cell. All you have to do is take a few things into your bathroom and then imagine living there for anywhere from a few months to a few decades.
A Terrifying Picture to Paint
Different places can evoke different emotions. For example, when you come home at the end of the day, you might feel a sense of comfort and relaxation.
This person tried to stress the emotions that being in prison can really evoke in a person. To start, they said to try to imagine somewhere without any love. Then, imagine that you’re sad and afraid all of the time. Only now, you might have an idea of what prison can make you feel like.
A Psychological Impact
When it came to comparisons to TV and movies, this person didn’t actually have too many notes compared to what they saw at the facility they were incarcerated in.
However, there was one thing that they said that TV would never really be able to portray to an audience. While going to jail is physical relocation, there’s a severe mental toll that the whole thing takes on a person. Even after leaving, the memory of that feeling is still very much there for them.
There’s No Good Version
We’ve talked about how if you have claustrophobia, jail or prison isn’t the best place to put it to the test. As this person puts it, it can make anyone feel claustrophobic.
Compared to a years-long sentence, a month might seem short but for this person, it was enough to start to drive them up a wall after a while. Almost anyone would start to feel claustrophobic and stir-crazy under these conditions.
A Lonely, Scary Time
By now, it’s no surprise to say that putting the experience of being in prison or jail into words isn’t easy. How can you possibly make someone who hasn’t experienced it even start to understand?
Like many, this person couldn’t quite come up with enough negative adjectives to describe their time there, even if they described it as brief. Especially at such a young age, they were scared, alone, and upset with the system.
Paying $2,200 a Month to Starve
There are many places around the country in which $2,200 a month could get you a very, very nice apartment. Heck, you could rent out an actual house for that much in some places. In NYC, that’s rarely the case. All that money and you might be lucky to get a “kitchen” like this one.
By the time this list is over, we wouldn’t be surprised if everyone asked why anyone would ever actually choose to live in New York City, and we kind of have to agree.
A Freestanding Hot Pipe
Some apartments are just built-in strange ways, and that means they often have aspects that serve as a nuisance for tenants. Apparently, it’s pretty normal for NYC apartments to have hot pipes just standing around in very unsafe places.
It’s definitely a hazard, and it makes you wonder if anyone would be comfortable owning a dog or having a kid in a living space with something that dangerous being easily accessible. And honestly, what could you even do about this type of thing? Erect a barrier around it?
Food and Bath in One
When it comes to New York City, most apartments don’t have a whole lot of space to work with. That means your amenities, if you’re lucky enough to even have them, tend to get crammed into very small spaces — putting them closer to each other than you’d probably like.
For instance, how comfortable would you feel if your shower existed in the same space as your kitchen? Would that bother you, or would you actually like the ability to grab a drink from the fridge while you were showering?
What Can You Get for $1,600?
Here’s another example of what a large sum of money can get you in New York City — a tiny apartment no bigger than 70 square feet and no bathroom at all! Well, there’s a bathroom out in the hallway apparently, but is a bathroom you have to share really yours?
We would definitely say no, as we believe that every human on Earth can appreciate the idea of having their own personal bathroom that’s available to them whenever they need it.
That’s Not Included
NYC apartments can get even pricier than you realize, but you still don’t get a whole lot for that money in most circumstances. You can bet that even a sum like $3,100 a month is very unlikely to get you a furnished apartment.
If you do see any images of said apartments being advertised, they’re probably mock-ups, like this guy points out. After all, an apartment definitely looks more attractive when it’s full of furniture, and some people are easily misled into thinking they can get a furnished apartment.
Great Neighborhood, Not So Great Living Space
Finding an apartment in NYC is very difficult. The descriptions you’ll find of available apartments are often torn between mentioning good things and bad things. The good things include how nice the city is. The bad things are usually about the apartment itself.
You might get to live in an interesting city with a lot of stuff to do, but is it worth it if you don’t get windows? That might not sound so bad at first, but try to imagine your living space right now with no windows.
Making the Most of What You Have
If you live in NYC, chances are you won’t be able to own a lot of stuff. After all, when you only have 70 or so square feet available to you and there’s only so much space to put things. Maximizing that space is a struggle that many people in NYC deal with.
We imagine it must be similar to playing a game of Tetris, but without any of the fun, since you have to deal with the fact that you’re living inside of a shoebox all the time.
No Way to Multitask Here
When you live in NYC, you often have to put up with some really stupid appliance placement. The smaller the space you live in, the more ridiculous that placement gets. You can see the way common kitchen appliances are actually set up in many NYC apartments.
You would obviously not be able to use both at the same time, so you can forget multitasking if that’s your thing. Keep reading this list and you’ll swiftly find that such space issues are at the root of most terrible NYC apartment experiences.
Not the Roommate You Wanted
Being a young adult often means having to live with strangers as roommates. That’s one of the only ways to afford some apartments these days. But generally, your apartment roommates at least tend to be human. That’s not always the case, unfortunately.
Some NYC residents instead have to share their living space with other denizens, such as mice or rats. At least this particular tenant doesn’t seem terribly bothered by the prospect, since she went out of her way to provide her mouse companion with a cute name like Alfredo.
That’s All You Get
You know that a city is a pretty tough place to live in when the apartment (shown here) actually seems like a pretty good deal. Compared to many other apartments in NYC, having to pay $1,400 for this much space is actually a relatively decent exchange.
It still sucks in the grand scheme of things, but if you’re already determined to live in NYC for some reason, you could stand to do a lot worse. That in and of itself is kind of depressing, though.
Yes, That’s Your $2,650 Kitchen
Apparently, tiny kitchens are something that a lot of people have to put up with in NYC. Apartment designers evidently feel that kitchen space is one of the first things they can sacrifice when they need to make room for everything to fit.
And that’s why you can spend almost $3,000 a month and get a “kitchen” that looks like this one here. Do you know what kind of nice apartments you could get in other places around the country for that kind of money?
We’re sure there’s a socioeconomic reason that NYC is so expensive to live in, but regardless of what that reason may be, it seems crazy to us that landlords charge the prices they do for the things they offer. No refrigerator, no kitchen sink — and on top of all that — a shower in the living room.
It seems to us that only the truly desperate would even try to live in an NYC apartment, and only because they have no other choice.
The smaller your living space is, the more bizarre the placement of important objects within it. You don’t often see your washing machine in the kitchen, but if there’s nowhere else to put it, you may not have much choice.
We suppose it’s better to have a washing machine at all compared to the alternative, considering that a lot of NYC apartments seem to lack vital appliances and whatnot. But, saying that you’re doing better than the absolute worst doesn’t mean you’re actually doing well yourself.
What You’re Willing to Sacrifice
Hunting for an apartment in New York City means making concessions. However, the types of concessions you have to make are a little more drastic than you’d expect. Instead of compromising on square footage or carpet in the bedroom, you compromise on criminal activity.
After all, at some point, you just have to accept that you’ll need to make sacrifices if you want to get your hands on nice things like a dishwasher, which is far less common in the various apartments around the city than one might initially think.
Water Hose Adjacent, Indeed
OK, so we get the feeling that this is probably a joke and not an actual place you could pay real rent money for. But, just because it’s New York City, we can’t say with absolute certainty that this isn’t a serious listing.
We don’t think any doghouse is worth $500 a month, joke or not. But, maybe a stray down on his luck would think otherwise. The worst part is that $500 a month would only get you something marginally better than a doghouse in New York City.
The Law of Unequivalent Exchange
If you’ve asked yourself thus far why people are willing to pay exorbitant sums of money for horrible living conditions in New York City, the answer often has to do with the type of neighborhood around the apartment in question.
Some people are willing to pay a lot of money for the location. Frankly, we’re not sure if we’d be willing to pay this much just so we can live in a lackluster apartment, even if it was in the nicest neighborhood in the world.
Not Even Constructed Yet
You may be wondering why there’s no picture for this one, but that’s precisely because there’s no picture. Imagine that you’re apartment hunting, and you can’t even get a picture to see what the apartment actually looks like. Why not? Because it isn’t even built yet!
You have to wonder why an apartment that isn’t fully complete yet would even be listed for rent, but we’ve already seen just what New York City landlords will try to sell, so we’re not actually surprised that they did this.
This post seems a bit like satire, but in all satire lies some truth. You know how most apartments want you to have three times the rent in monthly income to qualify for them? In NYC, that number is often much higher. It can be a dozen times the rent or even higher.
Believe it or not — some landlords in New York City expect you to make 40 times the rent in monthly income to qualify! And usually, you aren’t getting a whole lot for that exorbitantly priced apartment.
Not Bad All Things Considered
It’s ironic that this post actually seems to not be all that bad considering its competition. The apartment on display here, bad though it may be, still comes across as much better than a lot of the other “homes” we’ve seen on this list.
Though, admittedly, that just makes it even more obvious how tough it is to live in New York City. When the bad actually seems good compared to the norm, there’s no denying that the place you live in kind of sucks.
Just a Few Dollars More?
Whoever made this post seems to be under the impression that someone will settle for much less than they need to. But considering the super expensive, super lackluster apartments we’ve seen thus far, we have to wonder if that is actually the case.
We’re sure that the poor soul mentioned in this post could have gotten a better apartment overall, but would it really have only been a bit more expensive? Considering the price of things people wouldn’t dare call apartments elsewhere, we kind of doubt it.
Why Does This Exist?
We suppose strange architecture failures like this one aren’t limited to New York City, but at the same time, we don’t doubt that NYC has a lot more of these types of things than other cities do — considering how hard they try to cram things into weird places they don’t belong.
One way or another, we can’t even think of a reason for this toilet slide monstrosity to exist. Was there a reason you couldn’t just have empty space there? Why does it have to be connected to the counter?
Long Walk to the John
This is what happens when you try to make an apartment out of any available space in existence, even if that space is not conducive to a living area. You have to start putting amenities and necessities anywhere that they’ll possibly fit.
We’re guessing there was literally nowhere else to put the toilet in this New York City apartment. We suppose it’s better than not having a bathroom in your apartment at all, which is apparently a little too commonplace in the Big Apple. What an anxiety-inducing bathroom.
Where You Least Expect It
Even questionable apartments in NYC tend to have a kitchen sink, but whether or not that kitchen sink is what one would consider ordinary is another matter entirely. We don’t think we’ve ever seen a kitchen sink inside of a piece of furniture like this.
It’s impressive that the person who made this post managed to put up with that for two years. Although comparatively speaking, it’s not nearly as bad as some of the stuff they may have had to put up with if they lived in another apartment.
Could Be Worse
Living in a New York City apartment is kind of like playing a game of “who has it worse?” Talk to your friends and you’re likely to discover that you all have a different curse in your apartment. Admittedly, it’s very strange to have a bathtub and bunkbed hybrid.
But, is it really all that bad? Aside from looking terrible, it’s probably functional enough. Although, it’s definitely pretty bad having to sleep in the bathroom. Is the entire apartment actually just a bathroom with a bed crammed in there?
But Wait, it Gets Worse!
There’s always another problem to consider when you live in a New York City apartment. Maybe your floor is tilted. Perhaps you have weird mildew problems. Or it may be that your apartment floods whenever a neighbor turns on the water. Either way, it’s rough going.
You know it’s bad when repairmen and contractors actively loathe your place of residence because it’s just that terrible. Is there anything more condemning of a place than for professionals to label it as awful? It sounds like this person should have moved somewhere else if possible.
Sometimes, It’s the People
It’s not always the apartment itself that stinks in New York City. Sometimes, it’s the people involved with the apartment that actually make it suck. Well, apparently the oven in this apartment was still extremely finicky and questionable, but it was alright if people were careful with it.
Still, between a roommate who wasn’t cautious with their temperamental oven and a super who couldn’t be bothered to even check on things after such a close call, this OP definitely still had a poor apartment experience.
Somehow Your Sanity Survived
It’s a wonder that many New York City residents manage to keep their sanity, considering that many of them have awful experiences with apartments. This individual had to live above a piano bar or something, which resulted in being bombarded with bad tunes all night.
We have to admit, that couldn’t be us. We value our sleep a great deal, and putting up with noise like that for five years would not be worth it — even if we only had to pay the relatively measly $800 a month for that apartment.
We Thought You Were Normal Until…
What stinks about living in NYC is the fact that the people can be just as much of a problem as the apartments. The worse thing that could possibly happen is that you actually find an apartment that’s good, but the neighbors ruin it.
Frankly, we don’t know if your neighbor digging through your garbage is good enough reason to leave a nice apartment. As long as they don’t bother you directly, couldn’t you just leave them to their weird habits? Not that it isn’t weird, as it very much is.
Living in T=the Shack
If there’s one problem you don’t want to have in New York City, it’s living in an apartment without a heater. NYC is pretty cold even in its more temperate seasons, so having a heater is an absolute must.
And that’s to say nothing about having a stove that’s evidently so old, a repairman isn’t even sure if he should fix it due to safety concerns. They say that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life, but it seems like crappy NYC apartments are too.
That’s Not What We Asked For
Even if you live in a nice apartment, having a not-nice landlord can ruin everything great about it. If you get robbed, it’s pretty reasonable to ask the landlord to install some bars on the windows. If you get robbed twice, you should be able to demand it.
Unfortunately, this landlord figured that bars were too ugly, and instead chose to nail the windows shut instead. We have to wonder if he or she could be sued for doing that, but maybe the contract allows them to make such alterations.
Hard-to-See Silver Lining
Some New York City residents have trained themselves to think positively about their awful apartments no matter how terrible they truly are. This one, for instance, has even found a way to look at horrid infestations of flies in a positive manner!
We suppose having to live with a bug infestation would indeed make you more willing to go outside, but it would probably be preferred for there to just be no bugs at all. We definitely couldn’t cope with something like that being a reoccurring problem in our home.
If you’re lucky enough, you could gain access to an NYC apartment with a great view. If you’re unlucky, though, that great view could be obstructed by scaffolding almost as soon as you move in — and remain that way until you move out.
America seems to constantly be under construction or renovation, and while we appreciate that people are working on improving the infrastructure of the country, it sure does get annoying sometimes. It’s hard enough to find anything good about an NYC apartment as it is!
That Doesn’t Really Seem Fair
If you thought having a stranger as a roommate was bad, imagine having a company as your roommate! Even worse, this individual had to share the electric bill with them! Now, that just seems crazy to us. A $500 electric bill is nothing to sneeze at!
Unfortunately, we have no idea how the story plays out — since the person behind this post didn’t specify the outcome of their supposed court battle. We would hope they came out on top, but frankly, who knows if they actually managed to do so…
Even Nature Hates You
This story is a bit of an oddball because as best as we can tell, the apartment in question isn’t actually all that bad. In fact, where this person lived was evidently not that bad, but they had a weird experience there that bothered them.
It gets pretty cold in New York City — sometimes so cold, in fact, that animals without shelter can freeze to death. When that happens on your property, the city isn’t going to come and get it for you, so you or someone you know has to do it.
What’s crazy about this apartment image is that there is seemingly no reason for it to be this way, even in a place as wild as New York City. There’s plenty of space for it to fit into the counter in a normal fashion, so there’s no excuse for this kind of nonsense.
At this point, we have to question how qualified some of the architects in New York City really are, because there seems to be a lot more of this kind of interior design than there really should be.
Crap of Elevated Proportions
Have you ever wished you had to climb up onto your toilet when nature calls? Of course not, who would want something like that? And yet, this bathroom in NYC exists, for reasons beyond our explanation. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
It would be pretty funny to imagine a plumber being called to fix this monstrosity of a layout. Then again, if he’s a plumber in New York City, he might actually see stuff like this fairly often — considering the location and all.
That’s a Very Good Question
You would have to consider yourself extremely lucky to bag a two-story apartment in New York City of all places. But, if you did manage it, you might want to stop and wonder why it was so easy to get. Surely it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, right?
Of course it isn’t. Instead, you’ll probably find that the apartment is so cheap because there’s a giant wooden beam bisecting it through the middle. How that’s up to code and why it exists, we have no idea.
Everything You Need Right Here
If you’re fortunate enough to find an apartment in NYC that offers all the amenities you need, you better stop and look at how much floor space is actually in that apartment. If the amount of space is little, chances are you’ll be stuck with a setup like this.
Is it better to have everything you need, or worse because it just takes up so much space? We’re not actually sure which situation we would consider worse in this scenario.
Quite Literally a Closet
Having to live in a closet like some sort of discount Harry Potter is not exactly what a lot of people want to do. But, if you live in New York City, it’s something you might just have to put up with. This may have been back in 1998, but what this tenant dealt with still happens a lot today.
Isn’t it amazing how such an advanced and developed city can have people fighting over the ability to live inside of closets? The more you think about it, the more ridiculous that sounds, right?
Sleeping on the Roof
If it gets so hot in your apartment that you have to sleep on the roof, that’s pretty bad. But, if sleeping on the roof means you get to smell the lovely scents of a nearby doll factory, that sucks even more. Frankly, we didn’t even know there were dedicated doll factories.
Not all dolls are creepy, but we don’t know if we would want to live in a place where you could regularly find dolls in the dumpster in large numbers, because that’s a little unsettling.
Just How Cold Does it Get?
You don’t want to live in New York City without heating and insulation. That’s like living in a literal freezer. Not to mention, it doesn’t sound like it would be up to code, though we don’t proclaim to be architects. No one should have to deal with frozen toilets every morning.
We suppose it makes sense why this apartment was so affordable even for 1985. When you’re hunting for an apartment in NYC, you can’t assume that an apartment is actually going to have anything you would expect, even heating.
Now You Know Why it Was Cheap
The cheaper the apartment in New York City, the more concerned you should be. Seriously, when it’s cheap, there’s probably something terribly wrong with the place. This one, in particular, had a huge roach problem. Even worse, the roaches were the impetuous kind that fears no man.
We certainly couldn’t deal with roaches showing up on our pillows or faces in the dead of night. We’d sooner move back in with our parents before paying for a place where we have to worry about something as terrible as that.
Major Architectural Oversight
If you see a completely nonsensible architectural design, there’s actually a pretty high chance that the building exists in New York City. They really have that many flaws out there. Take this one, for example. How does a building even get something like this?
How does no one notice a door on the second floor that doesn’t lead anywhere? Can it open? If so, that’s a major hazard. Would you be able to sue the city if someone were to get hurt because of that? They put it there, after all.
Not Even One and a Half
We’ve seen a lot of strange toilet placements in our lives, no doubt about that. But, have you ever seen a toilet on a flight of stairs? Like literally on a landing of a staircase? Because that’s the kind of crazy stuff that can happen in New York City.
There are clearly many architects in the Big Apple that need to be fired. Even if they were working with limited space, can you really justify putting a toilet in a place such as this? It’s inconvenient in every sense of the word.
You Had One Job! Just One!
Not everyone is bothered by asymmetry, but we think we speak for a lot of people when we say that most individuals prefer things to be symmetrical in most cases. Usually, it depends on the object in question. Think of the hotplates above your oven, for instance.
There’s no reason the hotplates have to be directly above your oven, but they should be, just for the aesthetic. Unfortunately for whoever lives in this NYC apartment, some architect or home designer somewhere must have been off their game when installing these.