Confirmed! It's an AU!
So, chances are if you ever glance at Apartment 3G, you've noticed that they live in a New York City that's not only inhabited by two kinds of men (sandy and dark) who look indistinguishable one from another. You may also have noticed that New York City is strangely, even sinisterly, devoid of any non-white people. At all.
Well, now it's confirmed. It's an Alternate Reality, one in which the governor of the state has his mansion in The Big City rather than Albany, the state's capital in our reality...
(Seriously. How can they write a story in which the governor is going to come "pick you up Friday night at 8" and expect people not to laugh?)