As you may be aware, last Saturday was the big day. We moved into our new apartment! Woohoo! After the stress of trying to find an apartment, we had finally succeeded and were moving in.
For anyone not aware of the rental market in New York, it is pretty crazy. There are soooo many people looking for apartments and even though it looks like there are quite a few available there certainly aren’t when you think of the amount of people looking. Adding to that, this time of year is the hardest because college graduates are moving to New York to start their first job.
For foreigners extra complexity exists because, in order to apply for an apartment, you require a credit history. And as foreigners newly arrived to New York, you don’t have an American credit history. So it took us applying for 3 separate apartments run by different management companies before we got approved! I guess it could have been worse, but that was certainly stressful enough.
So, Saturday we moved in. This meant walking all our luggage, 2 prams and other bits and pieces we’d accumulated 10 blocks. This took 3 trips. We decided it a) wasn’t worth a taxi; and b) would have required more than 1 taxi anyway.
Given all our belongings and furniture is being shipped we ordered a portacot for Tate and an air bed for us and a multi cooker (slow cooker, rice cooker and pressure cooker combined) to be here when we arrived. So we could cook, eat and sleep. All the essentials!
Richard also organised a few surprises for Tate as well. Two new toys to play with in his new home. He has especially enjoyed his ABC puzzle.
The week before we moved in to our new apartment we also organised a sofa bed for us to sleep on until our stuff arrives in New York and also for visitors in the long term. This arrived on Tuesday. Unfortunately the dining table we also ordered will take 6-8 weeks! So will probably arrive at the same time as the ship. We are currently eating on the floor with a box for a table!