With my two-year anniversary of moving to NYC looming, my renter in Charlotte let me know she'd be moving out at the end of March. Since I rented my place fully furnished two years ago, I needed to deal with the stuff I left behind when I moved. I gradually got excited about the idea of having my own nest in the city, surrounded by my own things. So, I'll be moving some of my things here from Charlotte in April and donating the rest.
Apartment hunting in NYC is a tough job, but I managed to find what I think is the perfect fit for me: an alcove studio in Hell's Kitchen. It's an easy commute to work, and it's in a new building with doormen, a roof deck, gym, and other amenities. There are lots of great bars and restaurants nearby. And, after two years in a fifth-floor walk-up, I have an elevator!! (To be honest, that was kind of low on my priority list, as the stairs were a great cardio boost.)
Anyway, here's a look... The first pics were snapped when I viewed the unit and it was still being cleaned from the prior tenant. I fell in love with the amount of natural light!
Funny enough, my friend Eric is now moving in with his boyfriend Matt. The timing was great for both of us. I got his bed, bookshelf, sofa and TV. The sofa and TV are just on loan for now, but it kept me from investing in a sofa, and it kept him from having to store the items in case he wants them back. Win, win!
I hired movers to transport Eric's stuff from Queens on Thursday, so here's a peek at what it looked like once his things arrived...
Here's a look at the view...it's actually much quieter than you'd expect for something so close to the bustle of Times Square.
I'll basically be urban camping for two weeks until I get the rest of my stuff from Charlotte, but it feels like a great adventure! I'm so lucky to have had a terrific roommate for two years and know I will miss Kurt's company (and cooking!)...especially when Downton Abbey and Homeland come back on. But it's exciting to feel like I'm starting a new chapter on my own. Stay tuned for more pics!