nw3 to nyc

Observations on moving my family across the Atlantic


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Pools in the sky

What a great idea, a swimming pool on the top of a high rise building. Not something you’d see much of in the UK, but here in New York I thought there would be loads as it gets very hot in the summer. A funny piece by Gerald Eskenazi in this week’s New York Observer tells me that there are only 15 outside residential pools in New York. I am surprised.

How about something like this in the middle of NW3? Not sure the locals would approve!

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Laundry levels

Level 1: you have a washer dryer in your own apartment. You are smug in your ability to wash whenever you like.

Level 2: you have a washer dryer in your building, probably in the basement but you don’t have to wait long because there are lots of machines and the facility is well run.

Level 3: like level 2 but you live in an older, less well run building and have to get up at 5am to beat the rush and get your stuff washed and dried before the masses descend.

Level 4: you have to save up all your laundry and hoik it to the laundrette in a canvas draw string bag with your name on a label and leave it with the person behind the counter and collect it later, paying by weight.

Level 5: you put your own laundry in the washing machine, move it into the dryer and watch the paint dry and thereby waste an entire morning of your life.

These are the New York laundry levels.