Archive for June, 2009

Oh, how quickly we forget.

I’ve taken quite the hiatus from my blog the past few months. Things have been just SO interesting I had nothing to write about… sure.

For sure, one of the worst experiences in NYC is finding housing. Is it still considered housing when it’s basically a shoebox that you put your STUFF in? First, choose your borough:
  • Bronx – No one moves to the bronx, people move from the bronx.
  • Queens – A LITTLE more suburban feel, but still can feel far away from the city.
  • Staten Island – A ferry ride away from the city, yet looks like a normal town, no real high rises, etc. But, it’s mostly families, and that’s pretty much the only reason to live there. Kind of cool if you want to feel like you suddenly transported yourself out of NYC.
  • Brooklyn – Most people live here, and pay sub-manhattan prices while still being somewhat close to the city. There are nice areas nestled into this huge borough, such as Park Slope and Downtown. But, then you get into areas like East New York and you can pretty much pick the stereotype you want to see. The trains also tend to slow, old, or broken.
  • Manhattan – Ah… where everyone wants to live, right?

Ok, so you’ve chosen Manhattan, now pick your neighborhood (th

e other boroughs have neighborhoods, but apparently craigslist only cares about Manhattan and chooses not to list them for other boroughs). Off the top of my head there is: East Village, Union Square, Lower East Side, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Downtown, Financial District, Battery Park, Greenwich Village, Chelse

a, West Village, SoHo (South of
Houston st.), TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal st.), China Town, Little Italy, Stuy Town, Midtown (middle, West, and East), Upper West Side,
Upper East Side, Washington/Inwood Heights, Harlem, East Harlem. Phew.
Each of these neighborhoods has a unique feel within about a 2 x 8 mile area (this includes central park, which is over a square mile). They also have similar pricing for a single room (assuming you’re sharing), but the size of your room will change. In the East Village you’re going to pay between $950-$1350 for a room between 70-120 square feet (120 on the high side for sure, so basically $10/sq ft). However, in the financial district the same price might net you between 110-140 square feet, and you’ll be in an elevator building with security and maybe access to a gym. The East Village is pretty old construction, mostly walk-up apartments, but happens to be home to LOTS of restaurants and nightlife. People from all over Manhattan and the other boroughs come here to eat, party, and hang out.
Also, in Manhattan, you interview to get a room. People don’t have to try very hard to attract renters, so the tables are turned, and the people renting to you no longer

are working for you, you work to get them. Everyone that posts ads asks for people that are “clean, respectful, and considerate” as if the dirty, disrespecting degenerates of the world are going to autonomously take themselves out of the running.
Basically, finding a place in New York is not something I wish upon anyone, except maybe Ahmadinejad.
On another note, with the start of summer, I’d like to extend my thanks to the vapor-compression cycle.
In a couple days I will officially be a certified EMT, officially one step above the bottom rung of the emergency services totem pole (at the bottom would be volunteers and EMT’s in training). Hopefully someone will soon pay me as little as they possibly can in order to be a glorified taxi driver around NYC with added bonus of being able to shock people if a little machine tells me I can. Not as cool as being a paramedic, who (as the saying goes) only wants to respond to a call if they can “stick ’em, tube ’em, or shock ’em”, but I’ll take what I can get.
Until later.
Categories: New York