Jess’s First (Legal) Apartment In NYC!

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!

1 Comment

  • lisa thomson says:

    Congratulations, Jess! This looks lovely and what a relief to be in a location close to the subway. I can’t offer any advice being a canadian and all, but sounds like you’re in a good place now. Our apartment prices are also pretty outrageous here in Vancouver, B.C.

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