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Decoded: The Very Best of New York's 'Prewar' Listings

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Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word: Prewar.

When renovating a prewar apartment, it can be quite a challenge to reconcile the need for modern amenities with the desire to maintain the aspects of the space that make it so charming. And nowhere is that battle less hard fought than in the kitchen. (Except in the place pictured above, which has retained its prewar charm beautifully. That plastic covering the dishwasher, if you can believe it, is from 1902.)

Sometimes the charm of a prewar apartment can become overwhelming, even suffocating, and you need to relieve it with a few of the world's worst chairs.

Regardless of whether or not this room has maintained the prewar character of the building, a more pressing question is probably: Does it really warrant multiple chandeliers?

Well, it does seem to be oozing with something.
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55 Central Park West

55 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023