One-Bedroom Apartment in Art Deco Building

 Location Pelham Parkway (Bronx)
Price $828.84 (rent stabilized)
Square feet 900
Occupants Linda Meyers (coordinator, mobile document-shredding company start-up); Anthony D. Meyers (special-events coordinator, Art in General; choreographer)

You are mother and son! You've lived together off and on for 24 years! How is it? Oh, look at the kitchen wall. [Anthony] I just learned this painting technique. [Linda] We still have work to do in there.

Here's a plaque: "Tufts Black Theater Company." [Anthony] From college. [Linda] We're going to put pictures all along this wall. [Anthony] You know, dance company calendars. We'll put those images in frames. Now the bathroom, I just redid this, all in light blue. This is her room.

Roll the tape: Anthony Meyers and Mom on Pelham Parkway.
photo: Robert Hale
Roll the tape: Anthony Meyers and Mom on Pelham Parkway.

Do you sleep in the living room? [Anthony] Yes. I moved back with my mother in '97. I was living in Brooklyn. The rent got a bit much for me. [Linda] We lived in Parkchester from 1974.

Parkchester in the Bronx! 171 buildings! The enormity of it all! [Linda] My grandmother and aunt lived across from us. My mother, father, sister, and brother lived in the same development. [Anthony] My great-grandfather's from Barbados.

Linda, you just opened up a white fan with red flowers and you're fanning yourself. How did you find this apartment? [Linda] A real estate broker. At the time I was living with someone. Now he's gone.

Will there be another? [Linda] Not at all! [Anthony] You never know. [Linda] I don't want anyone living with me now, not unless I'm married. [Anthony] I moved back . . . [Linda] First of all, he's hardly home. [Anthony] Do you want to see the dance work I was doing? I have a tape.

Oh, yes, but first, um, where would you like to live most? [Linda] My goal is Riverdale. [Anthony] She knows exactly where. [Linda] Skyview on the Hudson. [Anthony] She's going to get there. My dream would be Chelsea or Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, where I lived for a year. My family was nervous at first. They said, "You're moving to Brooklyn?!" [Linda] All I could think was Bed-Stuy or Flatbush.

Your apartment is so civilized: a long coffee table, lamps with pleated shades. [Anthony] This past year we really got into it. I spent all that time in Home Depot.

Let me tell you about Home Depot! I was in one once with this friend's parents in New Jersey and there were these three women and a little boy and the salesman—he looked like a retired Irish building superintendent, they all did there. He was going on about how to install an electric light switch and they were watching him with this glazed look in their eyes. Like when you explain to a golden retriever the history of the universe. I couldn't understand him either. Plus he was sooooooo boring. I thought, Why are we all here on a Saturday having to learn this? Couldn't somebody just do it for them? There was a time when there were experts. I mean, what is everybody doing in Home Depot with those paint squirter machines and . . . [Anthony] They are trying to do interesting things with their home. Do you want to see the tape? It's a study of African-based religions and their influence on American culture . . .

In a minute! Do you go to the zoo? You're right near it. I went last summer. I love the bison with their big funny heads, noses in the grass, like they're too heavy to lift them up. I wonder how big their brains are. The trees are so tall, a large proscenium for animals and humans to play out their roles, each one eyeing the other. The World of Darkness, animal noir. Smelly, dark blue world, bats chattering away, nobody told me there was a boa constrictor . . . [Anthony] So my tape is . . .

 
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