Monday, July 19, 2010

Apartment Hunting!

Our apartment hunting trip is confirmed!!! Ana and I will be heading up to NYC August 6th to meet up with Josh and start our apartment hunt! While I will be there until Tuesday the 10th, Ana can only stay until Sunday so we have a short amount of time to get a lot done!

Because of our limited time, Josh is going to start doing some of the leg work for us with the realtor he used last year when he moved to the city. We've narrowed down the neighborhoods we want to be in to the Lower East Side--which was rated #1 by NY Mag this April for young, single, cash-strapped New Yorkers--SoHo, and any of the Villages. The plan is for him to have it narrowed down to 3 or 4 apartments that he likes that are in our price range so we have a base to look at that Friday afternoon when we get there. Depending on what he has for us to look at then and how we feel about them, we will either make our choice or keep on hunting!

It should be a fun and interesting trip for sure with hopefully only a small amount of stress!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Meet My Future Roomies!

I'm very lucky to have two great friends to move in with in NYC. Not only will it be great to share this amazing experience with them but it's going to help immensely to share the bills with them too!! First meet Ana Townsend:

Ana and I met while working at the Ale House 5 years ago. That same fall I joined Pi Sigma Epsilon, the marketing and sales fraternity at UNCW, where Ana was already a member. Ana moved back to the Raleigh area, where she is from, in Oct. of 2008 to work for Greystone Bank where she is an accountant. She is currently working on getting her Masters in Accountancy online while still working full time. She's definitely got a lot on her plate but she still finds time to make it down to see me in Wilmington quite often and I try to get up there as much as possible as well! I can't wait to be back in the same town as her having fun, fun, fun!

My other roommate will be Joshua Livesay:

Josh and I also met while working at the Ale House 5 years ago. We made a lot of mutual friends there so even after we stopped working together, we stayed good friends by running in the same circles. Josh graduated from UNCW with a degree in History. After graduating he got the itch that so many of us do to get outta town and try something new. So, last September Josh made the big move to New York City. He's been living up there since then in a one bedroom apartment in downtown Manhattan while working at Planet Hollywood as a server. Josh has an incredible zest for life and has definitely been making the most of living in New York City by exploring every chance he gets. I can't wait to start exploring with him and it will definitely be nice to have him there to help us adjust to a new city!

NYC Video

Check out this awesome video that my good friend Cameron found for me!! Makes me want to move tomorrow!!!

NYC from Kegan Kim on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why NYC??

Why NOT New York?! It's amazing! :) Seriously though...there are definitely pros and cons to the big city but in the end, the pros won out.

Living at the beach the biggest con I hear from people is "What are you going to do in the winter??" My response is usually, "I think I'll be fine." Which is usually followed by a pause and then a shrug with the response, "I guess you are from South Dakota." And while my blood has thinned considerably being in the South for six years, at least for now, I'm excited for snow again! We'll see how I feel after a few months of it... I'll definitely have to help Ana in the south her whole life definitely hasn't helped to prepare her!

Even with that and a few other cons (cost of living, teeny tiny apartments, etc) they just couldn't outweigh the obvious and exciting pros! An endless amount of things to do/see and people to meet, the amazing energy that lingers in the air, so many new things to explore...I could go on and on! One of the other great things about New York City that other places didn't have was that I already have some amazing friends living up there so I won't be alone when I experience a little beach homesickness! One of my best friends from home, Kimberly Nelson, will be living in Queens this year as she finishes up PA school...another of my best friends that I met while in Wilmington, Chris Casteline, lives in north Jersey, only about an hour outside of the city...another dear friend, Josh Livesay, will be sharing an apartment with Ana and me. I'm so excited to be living closer to these great friends!! In addition to these close friends, there are also high school buddies who have made there way to the city during their journeys and families of friends who live close by. It's definitely always good to know you have people who care nearby just in case.