I have some great GREAT news.
I got a new apartment. Not ONLY did I get a new apartment, I got an AMAZING new apartment.
Idk if I ever expanded on this, but my current/previous apartment kinda sucked. It was a gut renovated unit off Utica Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The unit was really cute. An open brick wall, hardwood floods, and a super modern bathroom and “kitchenette”. But the building was a far cry from my unit.
It still holds the title of the dirtiest, nastiest building Ive ever lived in. There were these man that just stayed in the hallways at all hours of the night, creating trash that would stay on the steps for days. (sometimes the steps were sticky?). It was loud. it was filthy. I had a bottle thrown at my door. Not to mention when I first moved in, I didn’t have working heat, a working stove, or a door between my bedroom and the living room. It also took a long time to get anything fixed, not to mention all of the strange, truly strange happenings in that building.
Thats the CliffsNotes version of why I wanted to move so bad.
Lets talk about the new place.
The application process was more than Ive ever did for any apartment Ive ever rented in NYC or Atlanta. But I must say, I think its worth it.
After completing my application and mailing everything to the management office update, I had to do an in-home interview with the management office guy, his name is Joe. Joe is great.
I vigorously cleaned my apartment for 2 days straight to prepare for the interview, and it was worth it, because it was super clean when my landlord came through to do his walkthrough. I got my deposit back almost immediately, which is rare.
Of course I had to deal with my landlord baiting me into another apartment, a gorgeous studio in Bed Stuy, but this place is a HUGE blank canvas, much more so than the studio. Though I will admit the crown molding on the ceiling and walls of the studio was break taking.
But this place…this place just FEELS right. Its HUGE, it stretches the whole length of the building. Its rent-stabilized, meaning my rent cannot go up more than 5% every 2 years, and its cheaper. CHEAPER. Cheaper.
I found a larger, cleaner, rent controlled apartment in a better area of Brooklyn of $67 cheaper than Im paying now. That is incredible. I feel so lucky. I feel so happy and so excited.
This is my new home. I feel like its my first one since I moved to NYC. A place where i feel 100% comfortable.
Ill follow up soon with pictures ^_^