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"He's always been very polite and very quiet, though I didn't know him well. He always wore a tie, would walk to work. Nothing about him was particularly outstanding," she said on the apartment landing. She declined to give her last name.

What is "apartment landing"?

  • The landing is the area at the top of the staircase which has rooms leading off it. – ejw Sep 13 '17 at 5:02
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That is the place near to the staircase or a place between two sets of staircases.

landing: the area at the top of a set of stairs where you arrive before you go into an upstairs room or move onto another set of stairs.

She was standing there while giving that statement.

See the video here. In the very first scene, the girl is reading on the landing.

The apartment with such structure is called Landing Apartment

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    This is a fine answer, but generally speaking, I would expect the term "landing apartment" to be one whose entrance comes off of the building landing, not one possessing a landing. It's entirely normal for a living space with stairs to have a landing built in. In American usage, at least, nobody would find it remarkable enough to comment on. – Jonathan Garber May 15 '14 at 13:49

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