BROOKLYN, NY—Parents of 23-year-old Jack Gambel attempted to put a positive spin on their son's new Brooklyn apartment Monday, referring to the one-bedroom railroad-style residence's location above a Chinese food restaurant as "charming," and calling the exposed hot-water pipes "very New York." "And you won't have to spend a lot of time cleaning a bathroom this size," added father Dave Gambel, who agreed with wife Barbara that the 10-by-12-foot bedroom's lack of natural sunlight will help their son get a full night's sleep. "You can invite some friends over for a painting party and just cover those stains right up—make a day of it." Mrs. Gambel also noted that the thrift-store table in the "cozy" kitchen/television area/dining room was the perfect size for his father to write out a $1,750 rent check.


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