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Decoded: New York City's 'Cathedral Ceilings'

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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 is two words: Cathedral Ceiling.

A cathedral ceiling is a high ceiling that's slanted or curved, like the ceiling in a cathedral. (Interesting fact: that's actually where they got the name from.) Basically, it's one of those you-know-it-when-you-see-it things. If you look up at the ceiling and you can sort of picture it being the ceiling of a cathedral, that's a cathedral ceiling. If you look up at the ceiling but then you get distracted by all the dead animal heads on the wall, that's probably because you're in the "great" room of this weird Park Slope co-op. It's a fine line.

Brokers get all excited about cathedral-ness whenever they list an apartment with high ceilings, but they tend to forget about the part where the ceilings have to be curved or slanted. These are not cathedral ceilings, unless your cathedral is in a rented-out office space.

Imagine Shaquille O'Neal. Now image a second Shaquille O'Neal standing directly on top of the first Shaq's head. (If you're concerned about how he's balancing there, just imagine he's attached to the ceiling with cables and—know what? Just don't worry about it.) So now we've got two Shaqs directly on top of one another. Now imagine something that's two feet tall balanced on the upper Shaq. That's how tall 16 feet is.

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