What day is it?

Posted in nyc by antisociology on April 23, 2008

Apparently, we are rounding around to the end of April and I still don’t have an apartment. The super cute place at 74th and Columbus got taken out from under me. Someone offered full price. I thought they might have come around and given me a shot at it, but I guess not. So, now I’m still looking and the crop of units available for May is looking thin. Poor me.


Apartment Hunting

Posted in nyc by antisociology on April 22, 2008

Most of you know that I’m on the market for a new apartment here in NYC. I’ve seen about eight apartments so far, and have found two that I like…for the most part. Unfortunately, in NYC, you can’t have everything — at least if you’re on a budget of some sort (any sort). The name of the game is expectation management and finding a set of tradeoffs that will leave you happy.

I made the mistake of showing my parents some pictures. Not being familiar with the NYC housing market, everything was too small, too expensive, or not new enough. They also have a sort of… um… well… they don’t really have an aesthetic taste. Their taste can be summarized as “dorm room” or “cheap and cheerful.” Make that just “cheap.” Maybe I’m a superficial and vain bastard, but I like my spaces to be well designed and attractive. The way things look and feel is part and parcel of their essence for me. Design is a feature in and of itself, and something that I think is worth paying for.

My top candidate is this one bedroom at 74th and Columbus:

I made up a little page with more pictures and an annotated floorplan. I love the fireplace and the stained glass. The downsides? A pullman kitchen (basically, just a row of appliances against a wall), and no in-building laundry. On the other hand, the building interior is pretty and the neighborhood is great. It’s a little more than a block to the 72nd st. 2/3 station, and a block west of Central Park. I put in an application with some offers yesterday, but am still planning on going to see some places on Wednesday afternoon. I think this will be my last tour, unless I suddenly see a lot of apartments that are a lot better than what I have seen so far.


Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on April 7, 2008

A doodle I did while bored in class

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