This is really cheap living in NYC circa 1969 for $69 mo. total. in the East Village. It’s my first apartment that I shared with 2 roommates. I immortalized it in a 1972 painting of the combo kitchen/bath. It was an ancient railroad flat, meaning one room went on to connect with the next, and so on. To the right is the front door. High 10′ ceilings with walls painted high gloss red and the old porcelain tub was painted a glossy bright yellow. (it was all there our on arrival). The shelf held bare essentials. Looking back, I can’t remember ever having a meal there. The light fixture was a paper Coca Cola shade. After 2 break-ins, we were out of there & went up town.
I just found the actual photos. The walls were so shiney, the camera flash bounces back. Also, here’s the original furniture. Years before, someone lugged a 200+ lb iron barberchair up 5 flights, and it never moved from that spot. Note, it’s the same glassy red paint as the kitchen walls.