Living in NYC: Our Dirty Laundry

Remember when I told you that I miss my garbage disposal most? I miss my washer/dryer too.

In New York, it’s a tremendous luxury to have a washer/dryer in your apartment. Even paying $1 million to buy an apartment doesn’t mean you’ll have that amenity. In fact, the building might not even have a laundry room!

Here’s one example:

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My apartment building was originally intended to be condos. Due to the recession, the owners made the decision to “go rental.”

What that means for me is that I have nicer fixtures than you would typically see in a rental apartment.


The owners decided, though, not to put washer/dryers into each unit so the closet where those appliances would have gone is simply a closet — albeit a nice deep one perfect for storing all of my luggage and a cart that serves as my pantry.

Here the closet is empty:


I realize that I’m lucky but when I have to do laundry, I get a bit whiny (even though it’s just downstairs via elevator).

Plenty of people send laundry out but between upcharges for hypoallergenic detergent and being picky about what goes into the dryer and what air dries, it doesn’t seem worth it for me.

Like I have said before: NYC isn’t for wimps. It’s also tough on the wallet!

5 thoughts on “Living in NYC: Our Dirty Laundry

  1. Katie

    You poor thing! Not having washer/dryer would send me over the edge! I can live without a dishwasher, but I do tons of laundry. That does it. I’m not hardy enough for NYC. I’ve always suspected it. Now it’s confirmed.


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