“When we had finally saved enough money, Robert looked for a place for us to live. He found an apartment in a three-story brick building on a tree-lined street around the corner from the Myrtle and within walking distance of Pratt.
We had the entire second floor, with windows facing east and west, but its aggressively seedy condition for out of my range of experience. The walls were smeared with blood and psychotic scribbling, the oven crammed with discarched syringes, and the refrigerator overrun with mold. Robert cut a deal with the landlord, agreeing to clean and paint it himself provided we pay only one month’s deposit instead
of the required two. The rent was eighty dollars a month. We paid one hundred and sixty dollars to move into 160 Hall Street.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids. 2010