East Village, New York, New York, United States

Room 502

The explanation for why the radiator was hissing, running water and clanking in the middle of the night was that we were changing seasons. OK yes, but you can release air from the valves to make the sound go away.

Out the back window you can see a beautiful garden in the middle of the block -- huge!! -- and the faded sign painted on the brick building adjacent: YMCA "MEN WELCOME. MEALS. EMPLOYMENT."