Month: August 2010

Another twist to the story

While I had to be thrown for yet again one more loop in the saga of operation: find an apartment in New York, I did complete the mission. So I will not be living with unknown 25/20s but rather 3 seemingly chill people in another part of Bushwick. The downside is no laundry room, gym, sauna, or pool that was in the apartment I thought I was going to be living in, but now I get a room I can stand up in with roommates that will be more than just passersby in the same vicinity. Now I’m home in Florida where I made a mad dash to pack up the rest of my life and shipped it all off this morning. I still have an unfortunate couple of days before I can actually move in (which is the day before I officially start work), and more unfortunate still is that my stuff won’t arrive until the day I have to start work which means I won’t be there when it arrives and it has …

And the saga continues…

AAHH!! I thought I’d be moving in, FINALLY, this weekend, and of course, if something can go wrong it will. I was hoping to be living somewhere before my birthday (tomorrow), so there goes that self-present. But hopefully, I’ll be there with some strange 25/20s next week. But the apartment building is at least nice—it has a gym/pool/sauna in the basement, a laundry room that takes CARDS!! (no more quarter hunts), a rooftop with a jacuzzi, and a lounge on the first floor with free WiFi and a tv and soon a cafe. So I figured that more than makes up for some weird college student roommates who may not be all that weird (I shouldn’t judge). ON another note…I had my first true hatred for subways this morning as the R train was not only extra slow, but straight up STOPPED two stops before where I needed to be and told us to switch to the 6 train. But, of course, there’s the hitch that there wasn’t an UPTOWN 6 train for another like …

Whole foods takes EBT…and other NYC adventures

So besides still being homeless (although now staying with an obie instead of living in a hostel) things are still rather strange. This week was a week of more training and going to the foundation center to learn about fundraising and all that ish. We crashed and burned on the apartment we should’ve been moving into this weekend and now the search continues. There were some rambunctious british dudes at the hostel who proceeded to come in, strip down to boxers because they were too hot, and stand around talking and drinking beer for an hour, while i sat there on my computer. Then today, we had a team building session on governor’s island with the current/old VISTAs. It was a quick trip there, to ride bikes (which, of course, I didn’t do) for an hour and then talk—then leave and get a free meal at chipotle (definite plus!!). Then, because I had all this time to kill, no internet to set up apartment showings, I just went to barnes and noble and spent my …

First Week in NYC

I’ve spent the week virtually glued to craigslist and my cell phone, contacting people about apartments and setting up viewings. I should’ve spent all day tuesday looking at apartments but I was just so tired and still a little anxious about being here alone. I went and saw one apartment in bedstuy. Nice neighborhood, looked great in the ad. This apartment showed how necessary it is to actually go and look at the apartment, because the pictures online made the 3 bdr duplex look nice and spacious, and upon arrival, it was practically a railroaded 3 bedroom. We would be living almost on top of each other. Plus there was a hidden broker fee—-NEXT. I spent the rest of the day with some other obies, ate some food, relaxed, and went to a karaoke bar in Korea Town. Didn’t get back to the hostel until past 2 AM. Then my ass had to get up at 6 AM to get ready for orientation and get on the train. Orientation wasn’t quite what I expected, but …