Three years ago, I made a fateful decision to move into the strangest apartment building in New Haven, which also happens to be the old Chapel Square Mall:

Chapel Square Mall

… which apparently looked like this.

Now. It looks like this:

New Mall

Yep, that’s right. I live in an old mall. And it is weird.

In a month or so, I shall be leaving this weird place, but before I go, I’d like to take you on a little tour through New Haven’s Strangest Apartment building.

If you’ve ever walked downtown, you’ve almost certainly seen it:

900 Chapel Revolving Door

Oooh that’s right, it’s a fancy-ass revolving door. So you know it’s gonna be a pretty fancy building, right? Er… sort of?

So what is the first thing you see in the lobby? Is it the plethora of Amazon boxes or the weird smell from the garbage? Nope.

It’s this monstrosity:

Giant Lobby Video Screen

That’s right, the one thing a lobby absolutely does not need: A giant, curved video screen which only plays CNN all day, every day.

Did you stop thinking about Donald Trump for a bit?! Have no fear, this giant, oppressive video screen is a constant reminder of the living Hell that is your country.

Okay, okay. So the lobby isn’t any good. But what about once you get into the interior? Surely that’s pretty nice in this fancy, downtown apartment building?

 

Long, Ominous Hallway

The only thing this hallway’s missing is two dead girls and a tricycle. All work and no play make for… surprisingly high rent, I guess.

You haven’t truly lived until you’ve rode your bike down an apartment building hallway, knowing that at any moment, a neighbor may wander into the hall and be accidentally killed.

Worth it.

But what about its secrets… ?

900 Chapel isn’t just glamorous video screens and long, haunted hallways. It’s also got secrets.

All you need to find them is the right combination of alcohol and adventurousness. Which is where I come in.

It turns out, there’s some apartments which actually sit on the top of the lower roof:

Rooftop apartment

Nothing like a rooftop balcony staring directly into a brick wall.

Still, a nice little wander over to the edge and you can yell at people coming out of Five Guys!

Five Guys New Haven

“Hey, jerk! You ordered badly!”

Heck yeah.

To the Top

It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to get on top of the building. My first foray ended in disappointment, but I would not be denied.

I’m not going to tell you how, because I don’t want you weirdos wandering around my apartment building, getting yourselves killed, and then the next thing you know your parents are suing me, and honestly, I am not 100% convinced my lawyer is that good (sorry, man).

So don’t fucking do it.

That being said, check it out:

Rooftop

Yep. Pretty majestic, right?

It turns out there’s this wall which I guess is meant to stop you from plummeting to your death. Luckily, it never occurred to them that I might be able to crawl under a fence and snap this baby:

Rooftop View

Not bad at all.

(Please don’t die ok?)

And if you’re extra sneaky, you can find something truly magical:

Bottomless Pit/Elevator Shaft

That’s right, does your apartment building come with a bottomless pit?

It’s great for hurling in Bad Guys, old love letters, and of course, Powerful Rings Which Must Be Destroyed.

It’s not a bad place to live. Assuming you don’t like natural sunlight:

Ceiling of Building with Opening

You don’t really NEED Vitamin D, do you?

Lemme tell you, though, that 40 minutes of sunshine you get a day are glorious.

Living in an old mall has its advantages. You can pretend you have a little patio that barely reminds you of Lady Foot Locker.

Outside Seating Area

Just like my old grandpappy!

This whole time it’s been there and you didn’t even know it! Unless you know me. Or someone else here. Or just wandered in somehow.

It’s all hiding right behind this lovely little door where people mostly smoke cigarettes.

Back Door

No you can’t have the code, psycho.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at New Haven’s Weirdest Apartment Building (As Far As I know — if you know somewhere better, please get me in.)

Edit: A bunch of people complained I didn’t provide pics of the apartments, well I’m not letting you weirdos judge my living room, so here’s a pic from the PMC website showing one of the nicer apartments:

If you’ve enjoyed this blog, you may enjoy my comedy! Next week I’m hosting at show at Anna Liffey’s, so if you want, come down and say hi! And have a few laughs and a few beers.

Comedy Flyer

That’s right!

So what should I write about next time?

Until we meet again!

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