Woah, 3 years, have passed, how did that happen?
Also, I forgot about this blog. Welcome.
not really a sherpa, and my purse is really a big blue Timbuk2 bag...but I like to pretend I'm climbing Everest with an evening bag
Week and a half to go.
I'm officially freaking out.
At Starbucks, 51st @ Broadway. I broke down and got a one month subscription to T-Mobile (I'm willing to share my account, I would be online 24/7 for a month if I could to get my use out of it...) No luck with the apartment hunt yet. I looked at a few places in Crown Heights, one of which was a 4 block uphill walk to the subway, laundry 2 blocks away. Large apt., though. Saw a nice one with renovations in progress, but it was on the first floor. A few more showings scheduled for tonight. A few more tomorrow. I really, really, really hope that I can find something.
I'm here in New York at urocafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I saw a hipster-looking guy in the window with a Macbook so I popped in. It was kind of an odd sight, since every other building is a Polish restaurant/grocery and there are old ladies everywhere in their housedresses carrying shopping bags. It sort of reminds me of Ukraine (except that I can read some of the signs and you can drink the water. And talk to the people in the shops.) So urocafe, they serve ANCORA COFFEE. I told the owner that I was from Madison and we have Ancora shops all over the place and he got excited. It's a cute little place with Ikea tables and chairs. Speaking of Ikea, Loftstel, the hostel where I'm staying, is awesome. It's a newly renovated brownstone in Bed-Stuy (yes, I felt very, very white walking around) decked out in Ikea furniture. The owner is about 25, studied in Amsterdam, and used to attend the same international student nights at Mick O'Connels that I did in Utrecht (although probably not at the same time). There is still some furniture being built and empty, flat Ikea boxes strewn about in places...and the same shower curtain and bathmat that I have in Madison. Just like home!
This New York age puts you-generally speaking-into the young category. That's what you were hoping for, right? Run and tell your friends. Then get drunk (as usual). Then sleep it off. Then pop an Adderall. Then come back and consider experimenting with a more mature type of New York life (just once in a while). Have you ever been to the Village Vanguard or the Living Theatre? Eaten at Elaine's? Taken a date to Michael Feinstein? Before you laugh, check 'em out and see what old-school NYC experiences you can add to the new.
Labels: New York
Freaking out about finding an apartment in NYC. I'm going next week for a few days to look at apartments, I really, really hope that I can find something then.