Mass Confusion Over the Existence of Jerry's 'Seinfeld' Hallway Has Commenced

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Matt Miller
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It's perhaps the most famous New York City apartment of all time. Pale blue couch in the middle facing the television set. Bike hanging in the corner—never used. Kitchen off to the right stocked with cereal—two stools at a little counter. Kramer slides in through the front door. Audience goes wild.

It's Jerry Seinfeld's 129 W 81st St. apartment. Parking is a nightmare. Once a dog was hurt from an air conditioner not properly secured to the window. We basically lived there for nine seasons through the '90s, along with George, Elaine, and Kramer. It's a real place to us, brought to life by the magic of television. Maybe it's the only place in "New York" some viewers have ever spent any quality time. (The actual "apartment" is not in New York at all. It is a set built in Los Angeles.)

But, dear reader, I have some distressing news. Jerry Seinfeld's apartment does not exist. And, because we live in hell, some monster on Reddit decided to point out that not only does the apartment not exist, but it couldn't physically exist by all known natural laws of science.

Be warned. The following image is agonizing:

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Notice how the door is at an angle pointed at the kitchen. We know there is an apartment directly across from Jerry (Kramer's). And, by the logic of the show, when looking out of Jerry's front door, there is a wall to the left and the hallway extends to the right. There are a few exterior shots that show the length of the hallway, none of which I can locate right now. But, given that the front door is at an angle, the hallway couldn't possibly extend to the right from his front door. What is happening? What's the deal with Jerry's apartment?

One could just suspend disbelief and just enjoy the apartment for what it is—a set for a TV show filmed in front of a live studio audience. An apartment that has to be weirdly shaped in order to accommodate said studio audience and the angles of the cameras. That's showbiz! And, of course, there are a number of other jumps in logic we must simply accept. Like, how can Jerry, a moderately successful comedian, afford an Upper West Side apartment? Even in the '90s something like that in that area would cost somewhere around $2,560 a month. Adjusted for inflation, that would be like paying $4,646 a month for rent today. And of course, there's Kramer's apartment, which, among other things, has a hot tub.

Perhaps there are a number of explanations for the mystery of Jerry's apartment. I, however, prefer this one:

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