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Long Island City Rental's Odd Decor Was Cool in the 1800s

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Wikipedia teaches us that tin ceilings first became popular in North America in the late 1800s, "as an affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork used in European homes." Which does nothing to explain the presence of an "antique restored 1920 steel silver tin ceiling with customized lighting system" in this $1,895/month Hunters Point rental. We've batted a few ideas around the Curbed office, from a method for recycling leftover cans to a way to amplify the sounds of wrestling matches in the upstairs apartment. Additional theories? Hit the comments!
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