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Ask most any New Yorker what they give up to live in the Big Apple and you’ll probably get a laundry list. Most amenities our suburban neighbors take for granted are downright luxuries for us NYC residents. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to find conveniences like a doorman, washer/dryer, or a private outdoor space –– all offered in a single apartment. For this reason, we often narrow our wish list and come up with one or two amenities that we prefer not to live without.
I polled a group of longtime New Yorkers and introduced the following scenario –– They would live in a third-floor co-op apartment in Manhattan with the option of one amenity: a doorman, private backyard or terrace, dishwasher, washer/dryer in the apartment, gym in the building, or pool in the building. I found it interesting how people’s priorities differ, and an amenity about which you would expect most individuals to care little actually ended up being the one feature they chose.
 

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For me, I’d have a tough time choosing between the washer/dryer and the outdoor space. Currently, I’m one of select few co-op owners with a washer/dryer unit in my apartment, so schlepping to a laundromat would be a pretty harsh lifestyle change. But then I think, if I were fortunate enough to have the option of living with a killer private outdoor space –– especially since I own a 75-pound dog –– I’d take it. Who doesn’t crave an outdoor area in New York City?
The people I asked didn’t have any issue deciding. They were absolute in their choice for that one must-have amenity. Read on for the single luxury these New Yorkers don’t want to live without.

Outdoor space

“I would say outdoor space. It was a pre-requisite for my apartment, and I would feel claustrophobic without it.” –H.H., 18 years a New Yorker
 

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Washer/dryer

A washer/dryer in my apartment would be huge. Otherwise, I’d send out my laundry because it’s such a hassle. –N.S., 12 years a New Yorker
That’s easy…a washer/dryer. –S.M., Lenox Hill, 15 years a New Yorker

Gym

I’d love to have a gym in my building so I wouldn’t have to walk home all sweaty after a workout. –M.S., 24 years a New Yorker

Pool

“I would say an indoor pool because I can’t get to one. And in the winter, I wouldn’t want to go out in the cold and go to a pool. I love to swim, and I’d walk up and down 20 flights if I had a pool in my building.” E.L., 6 years a New Yorker

Doorman

A doorman is something I use every day to receive packages and perform other tasks, so I think I’d choose a doorman over most anything else. M.J., 8 years a New Yorker
Oddly enough, no one cared much about a dishwasher. Perhaps that’s because many New Yorkers dine out or order delivery, so they keep cooking to a minimum.
If you could select one apartment luxury, what would you choose?
 
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