|Astoria beyond the East River--by Momentcaptured1 via Flickr|
|We decided to leave Long Island City and move next door to Astoria--by jlwelsh via Flickr|
Knowing better than to waste time deliberating this go-around, after a slick and speedy viewing, we filled out an application that night and got approved two days later. We signed the lease within a week, and went from the real estate office straight to the local hardware store to get a second set of keys made. This was really happening.
Moving isn't fun anywhere, but in NYC, it has to be the most challenging due to logistics like parking, unloading, narrow hallways and elevators, and of course, the tiny apartments. As soon as we started the process, I knew it would be an ad hoc operation. Our spur-of-the-moment decision had its drawbacks with little time to round up packing supplies and organize our mounds of stuff, not to mention the actual move itself.
I spent all of last week scrambling around town searching for spare boxes from liquor stores (Union Square Wines and Astor Wines & Spirits both said yes, with plenty of grace and zero judgment). I collected stacks of the Village Voice and amNY to wrap up our breakables. What began as an exciting endeavor in upgrading and upsizing, now became a packing frenzy.
|I scrambled and luckily found enough boxes--by jqgill via Flickr|
At first I thought we might have too much space in our big new home. Then, packing up everything the two of us had accumulated together over the past three cohabitated years, I realized that we had too much stuff. I figured out what we needed and what we didn't.
“Why do we have so many books,” I asked my boyfriend. “And blankets? And pillows?” I continued to ramble. “Why did you let me get a grill pan and an electric grill, a sauté pan and a cast-iron skillet?”
|Do we need a cast iron skillet?--by I believe I can fry via Flickr|
|We love our greenery!--by taradsturm via Flickr|
|Omonia will be one of our new hangouts--by Mfotography via Flickr|
What’s our next great scheme? We'll celebrate with a housewarming party, of course!
|Astoria, Queens is our new home--by xbettyx via Flickr|