I love riding my bike in New York. I ride even when it's freezing cold outside. The only time I don't ride is when there's a few inches of snow on the ground and I don't want to wipe out. Otherwise I try and ride year-round.
I first moved in here 10-12 years ago. When I first moved in the rent was $725 which was insanely cheap at the time.
When I first saw the apartment I thought it was okay but I was not impressed by the fact that there was no sink in the bathroom.
The person who was showing it to me, who was actually a friend of mine at the time, thought I was completely crazy and if he showed this apartment to anyone else they would snap it up in two seconds. So I guess I gave it some thought and realized that $725 for an almost tow bedroom is an excellent deal that I should not pass up.
I was born in Toronto and I grew up there. When I first moved here I said I would stick it out for at least a year no matter how much I hated it and I would go back after five years because if I didn't I would never go back. Fortunately after 3-4 years I made a lot of really good friends and now I never want to leave.
Most of my windows are filled with bottles that I collected at Bottle Beach which is the nickname of the beach at Dead Horse Bay.
In my kitchen I have mostly green bottles. I have old 7-Up bottles, Coke bottles and a lot of medical bottles. I also have 3 bottles I got from an old nursing home in Detroit that are from different vaccines. One of them I know if polio. I forget what the other ones are.
I originally studied biochemistry and decided I didn't want to go to grad school. So after living overseas for a couple of years I went back to school to study industrial design. It's sort of a combination of architecture and industrial design.
I am currently unemployed, sightly broke now but I'm enjoying having free time to bum around New York and act as if I'm somewhat retired until I completely run out of money and then I will definitely have to get a job.
My landlords own this building and I guess a couple of others around it. I try not to get them to come into my apartment too often because I'm worried they're going to freak out about my living room installation.
One of my friends, Sarah Victoria, does a lot of art installations using reclaimed wood and I helped her dismantle one of her projects which was installed at an old public school in Greenpoint. So all this wood came from her project. It's actually the floor of a house in NJ , maybe 100 years old. My ex-boyfriend had an idea of how to install it on the walls of my apartment so behind all these strips are 1"x2"s that I screwed to the walls. And then each of these pieces of wood I cut to the exact length length and used a leaven and screwed them onto the mounting pieces I put on. It took me a while and when I was done the results were pretty impressive.
My friends when they come over will tell me it feels like they're outdoors almost sitting on a porch.
This is part of my bike collection hanging u pin my secondary bedroom which is generally packed with boxes. There's a red couch hidden underneath most of them so I call this my red room, which perplexes people very much, because usually you cannot see the couch. There are lots of old soda bottles, artbooks -- I have a pinnate a friend made that I haven't used, but I should.
I have my shopping cart full of booze which everyone always loves where I keep all my liquor. So when I have a party everyone knows to go to the shopping cart to get all their booze.
My bedroom houses most of my collection of boots. I got this bookshelf a few years ago from my ex-boyfriend's mom when she was moving out of her house. It's sort of a crappy bookcase but it works to keep at least a dozen pairs of boots on it. Then I have some of my shoes on this bookshelf and the rest are thrown in my closet. I probably should get rid of some of them but I find it hard to get rid of things that I might wear one day for a costume party or whatnot so i just keep them on-hand and shove them in my closet.
I hope to stay here as long as possible because I won't be able to afford to live in the same sized apartment. Definitely not in this neighborhood and not even Im sure several neighborhoods out.
So far in my building the rents have been going up. (I currently pay) $1000 and change, which is pretty affordable and pretty cheap for this neighborhood.
I need to fix a few things that are falling apart.
I'd like to magically figure out a way to make more space and keep all my stuff. I haven't figured out quite how to do that.