It’s official, or official enough that I’m comfortable sharing some pictures of our new home in Riverdale, Bronx! Unfortunately I still have not gotten to see our unit (the listing agent was out of town during our 24 hours in NYC) but I have some of the original listing photos and a few pictures that the Professor shot when he went to find a place. I have big plans for this tiny new home! (WordPress is giving me fits with trying to order these images so they are all jumbled up. Sorry!)
Our co-op board interview went GREAT! The Professor and I prepared to be bombarded and harassed during this interview. If you Google how to prepare for a co-op interview you will get all kinds of horror stories so we were ready for the absolute worst. Instead we were greeted by three down-to-earth, warm and welcoming board members and an African Gray parrot who chattered behind us the entire time! The board members were excited to meet us and spent the bulk of the interview selling us on the place, not drilling us for personal information.
During the meeting we learned that there are lots of young families and pets in the building and folks from all professions: two professional opera singers, writers, musicians, business professionals, etc. It is an eclectic mix and some residents are very social while others keep to themselves. The board throws building gatherings a few times a year to encourage people to meet one another and socialize. There is a garden committee that I can sign up for if I want to play in the dirt and help plant things to keep the grounds looking pretty. There was a great sense of pride in the building and the community and we were assured that we would love both.
Twelve hours after the interview they emailed us the official acceptance letter. We were in!
Y’all, I can’t tell you how relieved I am. Not only that we have a place in NYC, but that during the few hours I was there it actually felt like home. Kentucky has never felt like home for me. After the interview we roamed around the neighborhood and I fell in love with the winding roads (no grid here) tree lined streets, cute old homes and huge estates. Local shops, markets and restaurants were a plenty. We had a delicious meal and no one gave pause that I spent the entire time breastfeeding Sabine while skillfully eating my meal one handed.
My brother joined us for the evening and encouraged us to talk to strangers. We chatted with a few folks walking their dogs and several people with strollers. We introduced ourselves saying we were moving to the neighborhood in a few weeks and everyone was so warm and welcoming.
I grew up in the south where “Southern Hospitality” was supposed to abound. Unfortunately, I rarely found much hospitality that was genuine. My first impression of Riverdale is that it brings a sense of community that my southern neighborhoods have yet to deliver. I can’t wait to call this place my home!
Filed under Heading North.