I am moving to the New York Metropolitan region.
Let me back up a bit and fill in the details. I am currently living in Cleveland, Ohio and working a job that is mostly satisfying but not something to be done long term. It has been a great learning opportunity and I have largely enjoyed it. As I never envisioned this as a long term job, I applied for and was offered a really great job that puts me on the career path I have mapped out. Even better, the job is in Newark NJ, i.e. well within the NYC Metro area. I have lived in many large cities in the U.S., however, I have never had the opportunity to live in and explore NYC. I am doubly excited- a great job and a great place to live.
This past weekend I drove to NY/NJ and searched for an apartment. On the way there I made a bit of a wrong turn at an exit and ended up at a small inn: Turkey Hill Inn, in Bloomsbug PA. The price for a room was more than reasonable, they even offered me an on-the-spot discount, and because I must be on a lucky streak, they then upgraded my room. Let me add that small businesses have this capability and that is just another reason to patronize them.
My upgraded room included a fire place:
|Fire place in room at the Inn at Turkey Hill|
|Desk and entry at the Inn at Turkey Hill|
|Jacuzzi tub at the Inn at Turkey Hill|
The pictures are from my phone, after the sun set and taken in a bit of a rush. If you are ever in the area and need a place to stay I highly recommend this bed and breakfast. Clean, friendly, comfortable, a great value, and a small business. What else could you ask for.
Next, was apartment hunting. The last time I visited NYC was in the early 1990's. I know nobody in the area. As I said, an adventure. I narrowed down my choices to Jersey City and Bloomfield NJ. In all honesty I pretty much narrowed the choice down to Jersey City as it is between NYC proper and my office and is an easy commute by bus or train. Jersey City, like a few other places I have lived, is in transition. I arranged to see a handful of apartments while I was there. They were all small by any American standard other than NYC. I just could not imagine how I was going to fit in my books and furniture - my beads were already going into the second bedroom. (Actually, one apartment would have had them in a windowed walk in closet.) Then there was the kitchen table, my favorite hang out at home; which was also going to be a tight, if not impossible, fit in some of these apartments. The last apartment on my list was the biggest and the one I had the highest hopes for. It is also the one I am renting. It is huge! Everything will fit. It is also the one apartment with the least updates. Luckily, it is not a dump and it was actually on the best street of all the apartments I visited.
Below are some quick pictures, right after sunset, with my android phone. Better pictures will be available after I move in.
|Living room window with child safety bars in my new apartment|
|A separate dining room, a real luxury|
|Kitchen, with dishwasher!|
|Tanty's Fish n Chips store front|
I will likely learn that there were other choices I could have made. However, I think I am going to get the best of it all. I am really looking forward to this adventure.
I will be busy with training and a move for the next three months or so; thus, I won't be blogging much. I will still be visiting every one's blog even if I am not commenting. This is going to be so much fun.
P.S. If you have a favorite spot in the NYC metro area, please share it with me, especially if it is of a beady nature.