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20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Maybe you saw last week’s semi-sappy post about leaving NYC. Well, this week I thought it might be more helpful to share some of my NYC honest-to-goodness learnings. 1) Use a broker when searching for apartments. It’s more $, but you’ll get a better deal on the month-to-month rent plus a better place in the…
Goodbye, New York
Goodbye, New York

Goodbye, New York

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I was about to email a friend whose name begins with “L-e” and my grandpa’s now-expired email address popped up within Gmail – an address I haven’t had the ability to use in over four years.  Almost the length of time I’ve lived in New York. Gramps wasn’t New York’s biggest fans; he once asked…
First Apt News Round-Up from the Web: Open House Etiquette, Moving and Commuting in NYC and IKEA’s New Blog
First Apt News Round-Up from the Web: Open House Etiquette, Moving and Commuting in NYC and IKEA’s New Blog

First Apt News Round-Up from the Web: Open House Etiquette, Moving and Commuting in NYC and IKEA’s New Blog

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Every now and then we bring you some pearls of first apartment wisdom found on the web.  Today’s crop includes latest advice from the “Getting Started” column in the New York Times and the news about IKEA’s new design/photo sharing blog. (While the NYTimes advice is very New York-specific, a lot of it applies to…
MFA Test Drives the “Muscle Car” of Portable Air Conditioners
MFA Test Drives the “Muscle Car” of Portable Air Conditioners

MFA Test Drives the “Muscle Car” of Portable Air Conditioners

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As the hot, sticky summer settles in for the long haul, the nice folks at the Air & Water, Inc.,; an independent online appliance retailer, let us test drive their new portable air conditioner.  We assigned the task to our technology and large appliance expert, Andrew. Here’s what he found out. “I live in a…
Stressful Month One in the New Apartment
Stressful Month One in the New Apartment

Stressful Month One in the New Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Dedreanna sends an update of the first month in her post-grad apartment. MOVED IN – MONTH ONE  By Dedreanna It’s been exactly a month since we moved into our first apartment-the most stressful month of my life. There’s no way to fully understand what it’s like to live on your own (with roommates)…
Nosey or Noisy- Tips for Getting Along with Your Neighbors
Nosey or Noisy- Tips for Getting Along with Your Neighbors

Nosey or Noisy- Tips for Getting Along with Your Neighbors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Neighbors. Everyone’s got ’em.  Sometimes for the better…sometimes not. Recently, our friends at Jezebel asked us if we could share any tips about how to get along with one’s neighbors and we were happy to oblige. Check out Jezebel’s full social minefield article and see the tips we shared below! Should you introduce yourself to your neighbors…
Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?
Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?

Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
“To Dorm or Not to Dorm?” That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of RA’s and ugly furniture; or to take arms against the sea of the real world and move into an apartment… The spring semester has started, and that means colleges will be writing…
How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party
How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party

How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve recently moved into a new place, there’s no better way to make a place feel lived in than by having a gather/party/what have you.  Sure, it means wet entryways (at least if you live in the Northeast!) but it also means adding warmth and friends to what may feel like an unfamiliar abode.…
The Holiday Tipping Experiment
The Holiday Tipping Experiment

The Holiday Tipping Experiment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In years previous, I’ve written about holiday tipping.  If you’re looking for that article, about suggested tipping amounts, check out my recent article called Holiday Tip 2009 . As a preview — your hair stylist might be expecting as much as $20! The topic was first proposed by my editor and I was a bit baffled…