Tell Us About Your First New York Apartment

What do you remember about your first New York apartment? Was it a mouse-infested closet? A flat with a fake dividing wall? Perhaps it was a fabulous space with persnickety roommates. This week’s Appraisal features a fiction author’s real-life reminiscences about her first apartment, where her roommates included so many mice that she learned to make plans, lots of plans, so that she was never home.

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In the Ruins of Playland, Artifacts of Better Days

Nathan Kensinger, photo-chronicler extraordinaire of the city’s abandoned spaces, returns this morning with a lavishly illustrated dispatch from the Playland Arcade in Coney Island, which flourished, to varying degrees, from 1935 until 1982. It comes at a moment in Coney’s history when several of its more venerable remaining institutions are getting the boot, when, Mr. Kensinger writes, “Cha Cha’s and Ruby’s have served their last drinks and have, in turn, been served with eviction papers.”

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