Summary of Architect Breaks Down 5 of the Most Common New York Apartments | Architectural Digest

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This video looks at the history of apartments in New York City, discussing the brownstone, railroad, tournament, enfalad, and tenement styles that were popular in the 1800s. It also looks at how SoHo has changed over time, from a neighborhood of artists to a more affluent area.

  • 00:00:00 The Architectural Digest video discusses 5 of the most common new York apartments- the brownstone, railroad, tournament, enfalad, and the tenement. Each has its own unique features, and all were popular in the mid 1800s. New York City's grid system is illustrated, and it is shown that the basic building block for a new york city block is a 200 foot by 60 foot lot. Each lot is divided into 25 foot slivers, and each one is considered one mile. The video then discusses the pushcart and horse-drawn neighborhoods of early New York City, and how railroad apartments were popular among the lower classes.
  • 00:05:00 The author of this video discusses how early New York apartment buildings were designed with air shafts and small kitchen and bathroom spaces in order to provide more light and air for the tenants, but also created problems such as trash accumulation and disease. These buildings are now often seen as a blight on the city, due to budget cuts and aging infrastructure.
  • 00:10:00 The video discusses the history of new York apartments, with particular focus on loft apartments. It goes on to discuss the transformation of SoHo, which saw the influx of artists and subsequently wealthy residents. The final section of the video looks at the current state of SoHo and its potential for rezoning.
  • 00:15:00 This video explains the origins of New York apartment types, and how they've evolved over time. Studio apartments originally served as a space for artists, but later became popular among the city's wealthy residents. Today, they're still an efficient way to live.

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