I’ve shared before that I’m currently in my 8th apartment, in 12 years, of living in NYC. The beginning of my New York journey was especially entertaining (crazy?), as I had no sense whatsoever where things were in relation to other things, and how terrible a commute actually could be. Case in point: my first 2 dwellings (illegally sublet via Craigslist) were located in Jamaica, Queens (which was the last stop on the F train, PLUS a bus ride, PLUS a walk), and I had to commute into the northern Bronx to work and lower Manhattan to go to grad school, and back to Queens every night. I feel like I didn’t see much sunlight during those few months, what with rising at 4:30am and getting home well after dark most nights…but that story is for a different day.
Today, I’m happy to share with you an interview I did with Nikki from Nikki in NYC about my first LEGAL apartment in NYC, located in Inwood, right off the last stop on the A train on Cooper Street! To give you some perspective, I rented here beginning in the Fall of 2005, and paid $950 in rent for a 400 square foot studio. The latest Google searches now show that the same apartment is going for almost $1,600 a month (oh, NYC, how you slay us with your apartment costs!)
Unfortunately, 2005 was long before I had a smart phone or toted a camera around on any kind of regular basis, but I did find some photos online to share with you of the space (above!). One of the questions Nikki asked me which I absolutely love was:
(Nikki) Any words of wisdom to share with first timers looking in the city?
(Jess) The advice I got when looking for my first apartment was “refuse to live anywhere with more than a 5 minute walk to the nearest subway”, and I couldn’t agree more! Even though I was WAY uptown, the subway was literally a 2 minute walk, door to door. Flash forward a few years when I lived in Midtown East off of 1st Avenue, and the walk to the train was 15 minutes, plus always so crowded I would often have to wait during rush hour for several packed trains to go by before even squeezing in! So, moral of the story: don’t be afraid to look a bit deeper in Queens, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, as long as a subway line is close by! You’ll probably always score a seat and have lots of time for reading and/or snoozing!;-)
For the full interview, head on over to Nikki’s site here!
Would love to know…what was your first NYC apartment like? Share below!