"I found this apartment through a broker. I was actually interested in a unit in the same building a few floors down. It was street-facing, and it was newly renovated. It was basically the better version of my unit. I applied for it, but then another tenant in the building wanted to move in, so they had to honor that. But they came back with this one on the fourth floor for $300 off."
Why did you decide to go with a broker?
"I find it tough to avoid brokers. I always start out thinking, 'I'm not going to use a broker, it's so expensive. I'm just going to find it myself and look at online listings.' But I find there are more options when you use a broker. This is the first time I didn’t use a guarantor, which was kind of exciting."
Can you talk about some of the costs of moving?
"In total I had to pay first month's rent, a security deposit, and a broker's fee. That was probably $6,000 plus right there — it was a lot of money. I had to save up for it. And then I used a mover, too, since it was a walk-up, but luckily I didn't have that much stuff. I started from scratch with this place, so I just had to move my boxes of clothes and my mattress; moving was under $400. It was definitely an expensive time. I had to get back on my feet after that, but it was something I really wanted to do."
"With my place, I'm really just paying for the location over everything. I don’t have laundry in the building, I don’t have a rooftop, I don’t have a doorman, I don’t even have a real lobby. I just really like the location. I'm in the heart of the East Village, but I can also easily walk over to Greenwich Village. I can walk down to Bowery and go to Soho, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side in ten minutes. Plus it's a nice quiet street, while still being close to so many hotels and bars and restaurants. But the building itself has zero amenities."
What's your favorite part of your apartment?
"My bedroom is my favorite part. I got a headboard that I love, and I found a vintage dresser that I think is perfect; I just really made it my little oasis. This is my first time living alone, and I wasn't sure how it would be, but I've found it to be very satisfying. It's just relaxing. I can just go there and hang out and play the music I want to play, decorate how I want to decorate.
"The bed frame was a core piece to me, since the space is so small. I just thought, 'Alright, this is going to be the piece I splurge on because I love it, and it's so cool for the space, and it's really unique.' To be honest, I think some people don’t like it because it's kind of weird, but it's just very me. I like it a lot."
"Most people have a chair, but I have a whole couch. My best friends have seen it at its worst, when the whole couch is covered in clothes and random shit. I try to keep it under control."
Do you have any decorating tips?
"I was recently hanging some bookshelves and I was debating if I should hang up one more; I had already put up four of them. So I asked my Instagram, Should I hang one more at the top? Everyone responded, 'Yes, always decorate odd numbers.' I actually hadn't heard that rule before, but there is something more pleasing to the eye about having odd numbers, whether that's a bookshelf or a number of pillows on your couch or whatever."
Where do you go shopping for home decor?
"I have to say I'm definitely a victim of CB2 and West Elm being the go-to's. But I really like the vintage pieces I've found so far, because they're one-of-a-kind. For vintage pieces, I go to Adaptations in Brooklyn, Dobbin Street Co-op, and Home Union. My rug is by a brand called Cold Picnic, and they make the coolest unique rugs. You don't really see them anywhere else."
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