Here's a part of a conversation I had with a friend last week.
WILLIAM: I live right there on 43rd Street.
ROBERT: You do? Where?
WILLIAM: In one of the brownstones.
ROBERT: Brownstones? On that block?
WILLIAM: Yeah, right there. With the fire escapes.
ROBERT: That's a tenement.
WILLIAM: Oh. Well, brownstone sounds better.
"Brownstone sounds better." It sure does. So does palace. From now on, I'm going to say that I live in a "mansion on Fifth Avenue" and, by that, I mean a one-bedroom apartment in a 54-unit building in Washington Heights.
Pictures of a brownstone and a tenement after the jump.