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NEW YORK LETTEfc. .
'New York, July 3. Four peo
ple, evidently from out of town,"
were riding up Riverside drive on
the top of a Fifth avenue stage.
Reaching that part of the drive
between U6th st. and Grant's
tomb, in which are the most mod
ern, expensive and magnificent of
New York's apartment houses,
they gasped at the splendors re
vealed as one after another of the
stone and marble palaces were
" They saw courtyards adorned
ynlh statuary and tropical plants.
They saw gorgeously-clad flun
keys lounging about the gate
ways. In 'the distance they saw
beautifully furnished entrance
lobbies, with bronze hanging
lamps, 'and objects of art whose
cost must run into thousands of
As they viewed one after an
other, the visitors cried, "Oh, my,
look at that one! Look at that
6ne ! See that staircase ! Oh, look
at this one!"
And so on, until there burst
from the lips of the lone man in
the party the exclamation :
"Why, there's no end to them !
Where do the people get the
money toiive in all these places?"
It's the unanswerable question
in New'York. It puzzles not only
visitors, but people who live in
the city and think they know
something about its people.
A young man from a Western
city stopped over here on his va
cation. He was told that rents
Svere cojisiderably higher here
than In Chicago. Having paid
rent in-Chicagahe doubted it. He
was walking with a friend in 86th
St., between Amsterdam and Co
lumbus avenue, when the discus
sion took place by no means an
aristocratic neighborhood. They
were passing a new apartment
"Let's just go in and inquire
about rents here," said the young
man. They did.
"The lowest we have," said the
janitor, "is a three-room suite at
$1,650 a year."
The young man from the West
rushed out fbr air.
He was told that there are
miles of apartments along River
side drive, Central park, West
End av., in which rents are from
$1,500 up. There are scores of
huge apartment houses where no.
suite can be had under $3,500.'
There is one, on Seventh av., a
few blocks south of Central Park,
in which rents are from $7,500 up.
This is in an ordinary neighbor
hood, and, of course, prices are
higher than this in many of the
magnificent buildings on the park
and the drive.
And all these great buildings
are filled with tenants. There are
not hundreds nor thousands, but
tens of thousands of families in
New York city who pay from
$200 to $2,000 a' month rent for
Where do they all get it ?
It's mighty lucky for the for
eign Olympic athletes that thefe.
are a few events in which Ameri
cans are not entered '
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