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My hood

I google’d the street I live on because that’s what you do when you don’t want to go to bed just yet.  I was interested to see if I could find anything easy-to-find about the street and the buildings on it.  Google probably isn’t the best to find real true “stories” but I did find an article from the New York Sun that talks about nothing but West 72d St, which now happens to be my home.

http://www.nysun.com/arts/looking-up-on-72nd-street/80680/

I live right across the street from the buildings talked about at 137 and 139 W. 72nd St and they are what I see when I look out my windows.  How freakin’ cool is that???

Pics of the new place

The original ad has been taken down (sorry Jenny – cute agent photo is now gone) so I wanted to re-post the pictures that were on the ad.  It’s obviously the way it looks with the previous tenant’s stuff in it.  It’ll be interesting to contrast with how it will look in a few months.  I say "few months" because that’s probably how long it’ll take to get it cleaned up and to actually have a decent compliment of furniture in it.  Having to start from scratch is a little painful but hey, it’s worth it.  The first essentials to pick up?  TV, TV Stand, and couch.  

Anyway, here are the pictures:
floorplanwindowstv walkitchenbathroom

PHOTOS: My New Place in the Upper West Side

It’s been a great year and change living in New Jersey with Shelly, but I always knew it was a temporary stepping stone to living on my own again. And preferably, in New York City. Well, after some searching and searching, I ended up finding a place that is unbelievable. It’s a studio, but I am SOOO okay with that. Just look at the pics and you’ll have to agree.

The floorplan to my 550sf UWS studio
The floorplan to my 550sf UWS studio
ATTIC space. Whoooowee.
ATTIC space. Whoooowee.
Great bathroom too.
Great bathroom too.
 
I like the bed area being near the bathroom.
I like the bed area being near the bathroom.
Looking to the kitchen. Imagine bar stools there instead.
Looking to the kitchen. Imagine bar stools there instead.
Belive you me, MY TV setup will be a lot more impressive.
Belive you me, MY TV setup will be a lot more impressive.
 
Yeah - these windows are ridiculous. 12-foot-high ceilings too.
Yeah - these windows are ridiculous. 12-foot-high ceilings too.
 

Movin’ on up (movin on up!) to the Upper West Side!

Where the hell have I been?  Gosh, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  Sorry ’bout that, y’all!

What’s the crazy exciting news going on right now, you ask?  I am moving to NEW YORK CITY!  I know, I know, didn’t I do that  over a year ago?  Kinda.  But I was still across the river in Jersey.  Close, but definitely no cigar.  But I knew back in November that I was ready to finally live on my own and most importantly, move into the city.  I’ve been checking listings a lot over the past 30 days.  Mostly through craigslist because hey, it’s free.  Of course, you get what you pay for.  But one listing I clicked through on had a link to the actual site.  The ad in craigslist was actually quite informative so I was impressed enough to follow the link to the real site.  Good move on my part.  The site belonged to this guy who not only puts great pictures of the properties up, he also puts up detailed floorplans (a huge rarity in the online world) and great descriptions.  Here’s the link to it while it’s up of the place I fell in love with online and once I saw it in person, I had to have it:

http://www.ccrny.com/?detail&rrecno=54495

Go ahead, be jealous.  Sure, it’s ‘only’ a studio.  But DAMN.  It’s a huge giant space with 12′ ceilings.  Those windows are awesome.  It’s in the Upper West Side on a fantastic street (72nd).  It’s a block and a half away from the Dakota (where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived) and Central Park.  My commute to work, via two possible subway routes, is about 15 minutes.  It’s basically ridiculous.  The rent will probably appall anyone who doesn’t live in NYC and the immediate area around it.  I know it’s appalling to me when I really think about it.  But for the area and what I’m getting, it’s incredible.  Also, there’s a freakin’ attic over the kitchen for storage.  Plus, the closet is incredible in that over the two sides where the clothes hang, shelves go up like another 10-12 feet.  You think i’m exaggerating.  I am so not.  I will need a damn Lex Luthor library ladder to get up to the top shelf if I need to.

So that has been an exciting thing to do.  My lease will start Jan 1 but I will also have both places at the same time during January.  Hopefully that will make moving not so stressful.

Other than that – let’s see… it’s been a while but it’s mostly been busy at work or hanging out with Larry.  Thanksgiving I spent with him and his family in Fort Lee, which was a lot of fun.  I am headed home to LA for Christmas though, so look out California!  You’re lucky Prop 8 passed or I may have just got myself gay-married for kicks!

Of course plenty of fun things have happened in the meantime, but I really can’t detail them all.  I’ve been writing like crazy still for RealityNewsOnline but Amazing Race just ended!!! Booo….  They are asking me back to recap the new NBC show “Momma’s Boys.”  I would never watch something like this but if they want me back to write for them, who am I to complain?

I haven’t linked to my stories lately, so let me see if I can find the recent ones and link them here:

Episode 8’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article17367.art&page=1

Episode 9’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8542.art&page=1

Episode 10’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8551.art&page=1

Hopefully my recap of the finale’s Insider videos will be up really soon.

Peace out!