Living Above the Store
A once common arrangement that can help or strain work-life balance is being sustained by a new generation of New Yorkers.
Paul Longo was pretty sure that the landlord for a vacant apartment above Idas Nearabout, a bar in Sunnyside, Queens, would have trouble finding a tenant. Valiantly, he signed on.
Living above a business that has very long hours and very loud patrons is not for everyone, but Mr. Longo, now 38, was up to the challenge. After all, hes a co-owner of Idas, a six-year-old neighborhood hangout with a version of an in and out burger on the menu and a stuffed wolf named Ida mounted behind the bar.
Who could be more inured to the sound of late-night merrymakers than a guy who runs a bar? And if, four years on, the din sometimes gets to be a bit much OK, OK, maybe more than a bit what are the odds that Mr. Longo is going to make an irate phone call at 3 a.m. to complain?
Hes among New Yorkers who are reinvigorating the old but now largely abandoned custom of living above the store.
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