As much as we loved apartment 204, the noise was too much. We knew the comings and goings of the tenants as we lived above the garage door. We knew what was going on in the "hood" as we could hear the street conversations. Friday an Saturday nights were lively. One Saturday night at 2am I had to knock on our window to plead with two gentlemen to take their "convo" down the street.
Now, we live at apartment 403. It's smaller, has less closet and cabinet space.....but it's relative quite by New York standards. We purchased a shelving unit for the kitchen as we only have one cabinet which will hold our plates, bowls, and glasses.
On the upside, we have a balcony. Maybe one day I'll buy some plants and flowers. Wouldn't that be lovely.