My handicap? Still being in Chicago when I need to apartment hunt in New York!
I’ve been responding to post after post on Craigslist for roommates and the only response I’ve gotten is from a woman looking to rent a 9 X 11 room with a sloped ceiling for $600. Uh, besides for wanting to cry that my room in my Chi town apartment now is $500 and gorgeous and big and beautiful, I can’t see that working for me. One of the reasons I didn’t move to New York right after college was to be able to avoid such a situation. A lot of my friends did that–moved to New York with a dream and a college diploma–but not me. I wanted to have some bargaining power before I made that move and I’m certain that it paid off. With my starting salary(I’ve calculated), I can spend up to $850 on rent. Yes, for all you math nerds out there, you should be able to figure out my starting salary based on the other math equations floating around the site.
So, I emailed everyone I’ve ever met who may, or may not, currently live in New York. While this may sound extreme, looking for housing in New York is, I’m told, equally extreme–and like getting a good job*, a lot of it depends on who you know. I’ve gotten some leads, but it’s hard to be committal when I don’t know East Williamsburg or Crown Heights. Not to sound wishy-washy, but how can I know if I’d want to live in that area? I certainly don’t want to screw a friend of a friend over by saying yes and then getting there and being like no! no! no!
I’ve never been a list person, but it is helpful to get all my thoughts outta my head and on paper. Without further ado my requirements:
1) Safe area without question.
–1b) An area that I can feel a part of that has a bit of a neighborhood feel.
2) Close to a ‘working subway’: apparently the J train sucks? Who knew!
3) With people my own age. There have been posts for cheaper with, say, 41 year old dudes but…feeling comfortable in New York is a BIG requirement and I doubt that’s the way to go.
4) A decent sized room in an apt that is clean and rodent free
5) Being able to get to midtown east, the location of my new job, easily enough.
6) Close to Laundromat or has laundry in the basement.
What to do…well. Right now I’m set to leave Chicago Friday, Feb 22…til then, I suppose it’s more craigslist trolling and starting to beg friends for their couch space. Carp!(What my grandpa would say instead of the other ‘C’ word)