Cupcake flavored feelings.

Mar 1, 2012

in Food, Word

homemade cupcake from Astor Bake Shop

It’s that time Internet, the ‘Rooms and I have been treading water for a while but today was the day. I officially mailed off our “intent to vacate” to our terrible no good slumlord. As of May 1st we will officially not live in 2R anymore. This has been a long long time in the making. We’ve lived in this same apartment for four years which in New York years for people in their twenties is like an entire decade. I’m sorry, I would be more excited about this if I wasn’t so concerned about having a place to move TO. And also if I wasn’t so consumed with skeevey hatred for our good for nothing landlord who would rather raise our rent $350 to make a point about how “powerful” he is (he isn’t), and how dispensable we are (we are) than fix the lock on the security door like we asked.

What he’s doing is retaliatory and illegal but I’m too tired to fight a battle for a prize not worth winning, I won’t waste any more of my hard-earned dollars or emotional energy thinking about him. I’d rather pack and move. Hopefully by May I will have a new apartment, and if I’m a very good girl, a new job. But more on that later.

I’m not sure what to expect in the coming months on the blog. I might get nostalgic and post some throw back shiz, or I might get all plan-ny plan-ny with some pins or some projects, or I might not have much to say at all because apartment hunting in NYC is exhausting and Craigslist is super depressing.

The only thing I do know is that I will probably eat a lot of cupcakes, because that’s what my feelings taste like these days. Many thanks to the ‘Rooms for grabbing this one from Astor Bake Shop here in Astoria to console me after we found out the news. Because we’re an old married couple like that, and butter and sugar numb hurt pride like a champ. Sorry vegans.

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zen city March 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

i feel your pain. . . i did the craigslist horror show just about a year ago (posted about the experience several times i wish you the perfect place at the perfect price in perfect timing!


B.Strave March 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

Thank you! It’s hard to keep it all in perspective when you live in a city that’s so out of proportion. But at the end of the day I wouldn’t have it any other way, so onward ho!

Celia March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi! I adore your blog but haven’t said hello until now… I went through something similar in the past few weeks/months and am so excited to not have to deal with my unpleasant management company and move to a nicer apartment in a nicer neighborhood for less rent! I’m in NYC too and looked at approx. 10K apartments last week and found a great one (with a broker, alas, even though he was amazing). Good luck with your searches! The right apartment and job are out there, even (especially?) in NY!


zen city March 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I ended up using a broker too and it was sooo worth it! She’s in the city & was so amazing I wrote a blog post about her ( Her info is there & if you do chose to call a broker, she was truthful and only showed me apartments with every requirement I listed – as opposed to other’s I tried and schleped me around to places above my budget, studios when I said 1 bedroom, ect. . . Hope this can help you & good luck with the journey!

judy March 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

OOOHHHH, new apartment and (maybe) new job. Can’t wait to hear more! Keep me posted and if I can help in any way.
Love you,


zen city March 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm



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