Apartment Life

Welcome to Brooklyn, IKEA!
Welcome to Brooklyn, IKEA!

Welcome to Brooklyn, IKEA!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
That’s right, gentle readers. The Venga Bus er IKEA is coming to Brooklyn! Actually, it celebrated its grand opening this past weekend. They had some wicked cool promos, like $1000 gift cards if you had the foresight to print out a precious little form and bring it to the store this past weekend. BUT, for…
Living in Park Slope -The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Living in Park Slope -The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Living in Park Slope -The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello again, ya’ll. It’s been a bit of a stretch and in that time, I’ve gotten to know my hood a bit more. And, amazingly, reading about it (and its borough) everywhere from the NYtimes to Nymag…to hearing a soundbite from Sex and the City. Carrie remarks to Miranda that “Brooklyn is the new Manhattan.”…
Compromise, Compromise, Compromise
Compromise, Compromise, Compromise

Compromise, Compromise, Compromise

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I went to Barnes and Nobles today looking for answers. I think I partly wanted to find a handy man hiding in the shelves. No such luck. I did find, however, more books written on the subject of Fung Shui than the total number of books that made the move with me. I was a…
When is it time to rock the landlord boat?
When is it time to rock the landlord boat?

When is it time to rock the landlord boat?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I wouldn’t say that I’m living illegally in my apartment, oh no. But, I haven’t signed a lease. And, I wonder if my rent is going to go up every month until it’s time to sign a new lease in October. That said, there are things in the apartment that need to be fixed. While…
The Commuting Game . . .surprisingly less fun than Parcheesi
The Commuting Game . . .surprisingly less fun than Parcheesi

The Commuting Game . . .surprisingly less fun than Parcheesi

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hey Blog readers, this girl is tired. Oh my goodness. I’m only at day 2 of the NEW job and already I’m exhausted. Why, you ask? Because trying to figure out my commute is stress in a basket. Which leads me to today’s topic: Getting to work on time VS not looking like a sweaty…
Going somewhere new means leaving someplace else
Going somewhere new means leaving someplace else

Going somewhere new means leaving someplace else

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I accepted a job offer in New York approximately two weeks ago. What I don’t think I accepted at that time, was that my life as I knew it was about to be flipped completely upside down. I know that the theme of this website is new beginning, but that cheesy song lyric about every…
Kelly M’s housewarming party and gift ideas
Kelly M’s housewarming party and gift ideas

Kelly M’s housewarming party and gift ideas

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve spent weeks poring over ads for apartments. You’ve hiked all over the city to meet up with shady broker after shady broker. You’ve spotted your brother and his friends while they moved your stuff into a fifth-floor walkup, and you’ve given them enough kickback cash to throw parties for a month. So don’t you…
Six ways to survive winter in your first apartment
Six ways to survive winter in your first apartment

Six ways to survive winter in your first apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The days of frosty windows and six hours of sunlight are upon us. Brrrr! Here are six tips for staying cozy, saving money and being green. Wait for a sale, then stock up on soup and hot cocoa/tea/instant cider. Also, pony up for a Netflix subscription. My plan is only about $9 a month and…
Holiday tipping basics
Holiday tipping basics

Holiday tipping basics

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If this is your first holiday season on your own, how to handle tipping can be confusing. How much should you tip your super or your doorman? How about the letter carrier? And what to do if there is no money in your budget for tips? The gold standard in matters of etiquette, Emily Post,…