Monday, January 9, 2012

[Updated] Fix up your shitty apartment the 1950s way

Gothamist dug up a treasure on YouTube this evening... an unintentionally hilarious video from some time in the 1950s that follows a fictional couple (Jack and Jill!) as they try to make their "unpromising space" into a home on the Lower East Side...



Difficult to cite our favorite moment (so many!)

We did enjoy this woman's fleeting appearance...


And just look at just how small this apartment is! Just slightly larger than, say, a suite at the Pierre. Oh, those poor kids from the 1950s!


What do you think a space this size would run on the LES today? Actually, the landlord would have already chopped up any rental left in a building this old into about six different apartments...

UPDATED:
Thanks to Esquared for pointing out that BoweryBoogie had already posted this gem last summer. Right here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the gang at MST3K goofed on this short years ago. Worthy of a look if you can find it. That's how I first heard of it. I did a search of it online but couldn't find it. :(

Matt_LES said...

Priceless.

esquared said...

Bowery Boogie posted this back last summer

http://www.boweryboogie.com/2011/06/lower-east-side-fixer-upper-circa-1958/

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, Esquared... the video did seem vaguely familiar... I'll not this in the post...

sam said...

this is positively hypnotic. i can't seem to find the soundtrack on itunes...any idea where i might get it? (and wouldn't it have been easier if they had just gone to ikea???)

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Jack and Jill were probably not able to have kids after all that using paint remover.

Marty Wombacher said...

The lady in the red circle...Grandma Gaga?

EV Grieve said...

@ Ken

Ha!

evflip said...

Dig that crazy "paint dealer"!

Sam, I'm not sure about all the music, but the song playing during the beginning and the end is "It's Almost Like Being in Love" by Lerner and Lowe, if that's any help.