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Anita Brookner

Living large, in a studio apartment

Living large, in a studio apartment

"You must be rich." A grandfather who asked where I lived told me this, straight out. We were at the B&O Railroad Museum playground in Baltimore with our preschoolers, mine a grandnephew. I had unwisely confessed to living in Manhattan. After leaving Baltimore in my early 20s, I gradually, by incremental steps, rose from a one-room furnished basement apartment in ungentrified Brooklyn to one room in a "luxury," "pet friendly" high rise 10 minutes from Lincoln Center. It's across from a public housing project. It is far from the subway. It is one room with entry foyer, for goodness sake! There are more dogs than people, and they are an eternal nuisance...

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