Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Big Move

It's crazy how moving can interrupt your life. I felt like we were getting settled the whole month of September. Scott started his new job in Midtown at the end of July and let's be honest, that 30 minute commute uptown for him was just "too much". Haha, with the hours he works we knew early on that for us, being close to his office is vital. Moving to Midtown was huge for me too because it takes an hour off my commute each day. It was a win-win for our lifestyle. We feel it's perfect for this stage of our lives. So, we left the "suburbs of the city" for the heart of the hustle and bustle. It is definitely a different feel that took some getting used to at the beginning. It's much noisier with a lot more foot traffic. The area we live in is known for its restaurants and accessibility. It's made for young professionals who are often running to and from meetings and grabbing lunch on the go. I still have to pinch myself when I pass major city landmarks while running everyday errands. I don't know if I'll ever get over that. I hope I always find that magical.

Apartment hunting is such a process in New York. We probably looked at 20+ units before we realized the best place for us was one we saw pretty early on in our search. I spent days in the area - timing our commutes, considering how close we'd be to grocery stores, dry cleaners, etc. The nice thing about New York is that nothing is ever too far. We have everything we need within a few blocks - which is key. The layout is similar to our previous space, so that's probably why we could see ourselves here. It just felt like a good fit. And I really love our tree-lined street. 

Moving can be so tricky here. It's not like you can pack up your car and make multiple loads. Because, first of all,  "what car?!"

A good friend told me about EZBINS before we started packing. They were eco-friendly and "ez" - go figure. They drop those green bins off at your house, you pack them, move them, and then they pick them up so you don't have to worry about finding and then awkwardly packing cardboard boxes. So glad we learned about them. 

My ocd organized self could hardly operate in this situation. We spent days cleaning, unpacking, and rearranging furniture. 

Only our most prized possessions were transported by cab.

This view was what sold me...on the apartment, I mean. Oh, hey honey buns. But really, I knew those windows would give us so much sunshine. And that view of Midtown gets me every time. You can see the Chrysler Building, the top of the Empire State Building, and a part of the MetLife Building peeking through. It's definitely the highlight of our small space. 

I think it's especially beautiful at night. And that Chrysler might just be my favorite skyscraper in all of the city. The way it lights up!

We spent one Saturday with the Swedes at IKEA in Brooklyn.

We spent a few weekends eating take out on the floor amidst all of our boxes. I still laugh at these moments. 

We met our new neighbors. I think we'll be fast friends. 

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