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This New Yorker Discovered An Entire Second Apartment Behind Her Bathroom Mirror

If you haven't been following this viral TikTok, you're missing out!

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

This New Yorker Discovered An Entire Second Apartment Behind Her Bathroom Mirror

Everyone who has lived in an NYC apartment, especially in an older apartment, has made some pretty sketchy discoveries…but this one may take the cake.

NYC resident Samantha Hartsoe, who appears to live on or near Roosevelt Island, recently decided to document trying to discover where a a cold draft was coming from in her apartment on TikTok, and the results are actually pretty insane!

First, she searches for the source of cold air with her two roommates, first feeling it coming through the door hinge and then from the light switch in the bathroom, until she realizes the biggest draft is coming from the mirror above the sink…

@samanthartsoe

seriously never would I have expected to find this… and I documented all of it #mystery #fyp #nyc #secret #foryou #apartment #storytime

♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

Next, she takes off the mirror to find…a hole in the wall that leads to a giant secret room?!

@samanthartsoe

HOW IS THIS IN MY BATHROOM WALL #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #fyp

♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

 

Then…she actually ventures into the space, outfitting herself with face mask, MacGyvered headlamp, and of course, her trusty iPhone…

Oh, and a hammer for self-defense!

@samanthartsoe

TRULY a new meaning to a “hole in the wall” #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #fyp #foryou

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

In the end, she finds an entire separate apartment, abandoned! And an unlocked door that leads outside, which she promptly locks.

@samanthartsoe

crawled through a wall for this mystery so enjoy the finale 🕵🏻‍♀️ #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #storytime #fyp #foryou

♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

 

It’s quite the “New York City Mystery” that has been going completely viral today. Parts 1 and 2 already have a combined 11.7 million plays on TikTok, with audiences itching for the final reveal.

According to her Instagram, Samantha said that she had 12 followers on TikTok yesterday afternoon, and now that has grown to 553,100 thanks to her videos!

Though she said she’ll be having a very interesting conversation with her landlord this week, the hive mind on Twitter helped reveal that this used to be a money-saving technique, with cinderblock walls and then holes for the mirrors that they would put in on each side of adjoining apartments.

Hopefully they get it sealed up, asap!

featured image source: Screenshot, TikTok

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