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New digs!

07/30/2013

Belle

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!)

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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!

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  1. tchrgrl05 #
    July 30, 2013

    YAY! It looks just lovely. So, so happy for you!

  2. July 30, 2013

    Looks great! Congrats on another major milestone!

  3. July 30, 2013

    I love It! Congrats!!!!!!

  4. Jen #
    July 30, 2013

    The place looks amazing!so happy for you!

  5. July 30, 2013

    Oh boy, that place looks fabulous! Congrats to you all 🙂 x

  6. Mo #
    July 30, 2013

    Place looks awesome! Congrats!

  7. karaleen #
    July 30, 2013

    I cannot wait to see what you do with this space. I am impressed you (the professor) found such a nice place in NY….it seems quite large by NY standards. I really like the pics (and yes…the digital furniture is totally creepy). Have a safe and easy move.
    kd

    • July 30, 2013

      It is pretty large for NYC standards actually. Granted we are in Bronx, not manhattan or even Brooklyn but the neighborhood fits our lifestyle perfectly and we are right on the train so it’s a win win!

  8. APE #
    July 30, 2013

    I love following your journey. I can’t wait for your move…you seem like the perfect fit for NYC!

  9. nonsequiturchica #
    July 30, 2013

    The new place looks fantastic and I’m excited that YOU are so excited about it. 🙂

    How come Sabine gets the big bedroom?

    • July 30, 2013

      Good question! Sabine will spend more time in her room as she grows than we will in ours. The Professor and I are really only in ours to sleep and read, neither of which takes a lot is space. 🙂

      • Shinara #
        July 31, 2013

        My mom and dad gave us (3 siblings) their big bedroom, too, and it was great. We ran, jumped and played in that room alot.

  10. July 30, 2013

    Holy caca – I’m gone for a wee bit and so many things have happened!

    LOVE the new home and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  11. 35life #
    July 30, 2013

    Oh! I’m going to love living vicariously through you in that city! Love it! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place. Congrats!

  12. July 31, 2013

    Ahh, so glad you are feeling good about the new place and surroundings. That’s so important. Congrats on the flat and hope you get a great start there when you move. Very exciting.

  13. August 1, 2013

    The apartment looks absolutely beautiful and I am sure you will all be extremely happy there. Congratulations!

  14. August 4, 2013

    Great place! Congratulations!

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