James Papadopoulos, a freelance video producer, seemed nonplussed when informed last week that he lives in the same apartment where Barack Obama spent his first year in New York: a third-floor walkup at 142 West 109th Street in Manhattan Valley that the president rented during his junior semesters at Columbia in 1981 and 1982.
"It's pretty cool, you know," Mr. Papadopoulos said upon thinking about it for a second, his eyes hidden behind reflective sunglasses. "A little piece of history."
The next day, Mr. Papadopoulos had posted the revelation on Facebook, and received a spate of shocked responses. He had mulled and disregarded ideas for capitalizing on the apartment's former occupant, like giving tours. read more »