Also, I don't buy the language they use. It is too modern. The idioms, and such don't seem period correct. If you watch movies from even the 60's or 70's the language is much more different. They are dropping the ball with that.
The problem with a brownstone is anything that goes wrong with it like the roof, the boiler, water getting it, etc is on you. Maintenance of one is a lot of money and a lot of work. In a condo, or co-op major things like that are subsidized.
I didn't do shit in high school. I had no motivation. I did fine, but I didn't start developing good study habits and doing well until I started studying something that interested me. Also, it was a shock getting to college and being like, "Holy fuck, I can't do nothing anymore and get a B. I need to, like, study."