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Gardening in the city

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your afternoon going? The New York Times just published a piece about a couple in the West Village of the city starting an urban garden. I have so many things to say about this, the first being how is this possible for someone who has zero green thumb?

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Apparently the couple started their window and roof growing with just a few tomatoes plants. I never have but I’ve always wanted to check out the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint. My roof in Greenpoint had so much room and sunlight but (and this makes me sound crazy lazy, the roof was four stories up in a walkup). Now that I’m moving into an apartment with the roof just one flight of staircases up, I think I might need to start trying my hand at growing things.

Even if it’s just some flowers and my lime tree that lives in the Berkshires right now, I would love to get some practice with my horrible green thumb. The article from The New York Times was oddly comforting:

“We didn’t know anything — we used Miracle-Gro,” said Ms. Trueman, 54, who blogs about the politics of food for Civil Eats and writes about climate change for Moms Clean Air Force. “But it changed the way I viewed things in cities. Whenever I was on a high floor, looking down, I would see all this roof space and say: ‘Wow, you could grow so much. There are no woodchucks or deer, no Japanese beetles. And so many things grow so well in containers.’ ”

What do you think, Hart Beat? Would you ever start an urban garden? You can read the full articles here (and thanks to the Times for the wonderful photos!).

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A Kitchen Revamp

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Hola Hart Beat. How’s your afternoon going? As I alluded to a few times this month, I’m making some big life changes this summer and am going to be leaving my Greenpoint apartment that I’ve lived in for the last three years and moving to a new apartment. With this upcoming move I’m excited to revamp the new kitchen that I’m going to have my hands on. More deets on the move to come (aka where in the world, Brooklyn, am I going and wtf why) but for now here are some great find that I’ve got my eye on for the new kitchen. Pretty much all I want is good light and white cabinets. I feel like both are doable…

What do you think, Hart Beat. Any suggestions on how to upscale a long, skinny, rental apartment kitchen without destroying the whole thing slash putting myself in the black?

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Bottom three photos via Homepolish and the top one via the Kitchn.

 

 

A dream apartment in Malasaña

Hola Hart Beat. My five favorite readings from this week are coming up but before that I had to share this apartment with you that my friend Marina sent over to me yesterday. I met Marina four years ago (I can’t believe it was that long ago) when she and I both studied abroad in Madrid. I’ll never forget how we met. Marina just came up and started talking to me on the street and it turned out we both went to small liberal arts schools and were on their respective sailing teams. After I asked her why she came to talk to me. She said it was because I was wearing clogs.

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Anyway, when Marina send me this article I almost fell right out of my chair. Not only is the apartment designed in the most amazing way but it’s located in the our favorite neighborhood in our favorite city. On top of that the decoration of the apartment is based on a mediteranian vibe. Pretty much, to sum it up this is the apartment that both Marina and I dream about having. From the location to the decoration, I can’t think of anything more perfect.

“Esta encantadora buhardilla no esté en la costa, sino en el corazón del madrileño barrio de Malasaña. Pero su blanco interior, su decoración en clave natural y su sencillez nos hacen soñar con el sol.”

“This small, lovely apartment isn’t on the cost but in the hear of the Madrid neighborhood Malasaña. It’s white interior, natural theme and simplicity makes use dream of the sun.”

What do you think, Hart Beat? Want to take a spontaneous trip with me to Madrid this weekend? And Pedro, do you want the apartment to look like this? To see all the photos follow this link here (lo siento, the article is in Spanish but good news, the images are not!).

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New York City fire escapes

My love for fire escapes in New York

Fire escapes in New York

One thing that I first noticed when I moved to New York three years ago was the presence of so many fire escapes framing each building.

When I moved into my apartment I remember one of things that I loved the most was that two of the bedrooms have beautiful fire escapes that look out over the manhattan skyline. To me, fire works are a way to observe the city outside, even if you’re not lucky or rich enough to have a yard. I remember dancing on my fire escape with my old roommate G. when Obama won for his second term while looking at the Empire State Building colors change to blue.

I was really disappointed then to read an article recently published about how landlords in iconic SoHo and Lower East Side are going to start removing the fire escapes from buildings in the manhattan neighborhood. I guess the reasoning is that now that fire codes dictate that hallways in apartments are fire proof there is no legal reason to have the out dated fire escapes.

To me this is such a loss as what I think of when I think of the city and it’s buildings are the metal scaffolding that coats each building. To be honest, I would be hesitant moving into a place without the easy access the the outdoors in a way only New Yorkers appreciate.

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Photo sources: top and bottom.

Brooklyn Apartment Jealousy

Apartments, apartments, apartments. In New York just the word has a chilling effect. One of my favorite things about walking around the city is creepily looking into windows walking by and seeing the both beautiful, huge apartments next to the small, dark places. It may sounds creepy to you non-city dwellers but I know you New Yorkers know what I’m talking about.

The other day I found this great Brooklyn apartment detailed by Refinery29 and I just had to share. THIS PLACE. Ugg, it gives me such apartment envy. The woman who lives there, Lauren Snyder, also owns The Primary Essentials one of the best curated boutique in Brooklyn. She’s been living in this Fort Greene apartment for 10 years and all I want to do right now is drag all of these amazing things from the photos into the room I’m sitting in now. Having an apartment in Brooklyn must be lovely. Think of everything you can do virtually on your own doorstep! This is why many people are willing to sacrifice purchasing a home outright by renting instead. After all, renting can actually be a mutually beneficial arrangement particularly when you have a fair lease agreement in place.

All photos via the Refinery29 website.

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Hola Hart Beat. I hope you’re all having a nice, relaxing time after Thanksgiving. Being at my parents house is really making me think about my apartment back in Brooklyn. It’s been through a lot during the last year and this winter I’m going to try to spruce it up a little. Here are a few ideas I’ve been thinking about…

Apartment search

I’m sitting here in the Berkshires recouping after a four day trip down to New York City. For the past month I’ve been going back and forth between Massachusetts and New York working part time (more on the soon) and getting ready for fall in the metropolitan area. What all this really means is I’ve been apartment searching for three weeks.

I don’t know how much you Hart Beat readers know about apartment searching in New York City but all I can say is it’s one of the most difficult processes. I know a few people who have found apartments for rent mississauga and their process of finding a new place to live was a lot easier than mine has been so far. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe I just need some tips from them.
The market is terrible, what’s left is expensive, and the process is ruthless. I am not cut out for any of it.

One of my friends is moving to Singapore and has found looking for a condo so much easier than I have. She just did a little research online and came across One Pearl Bank. As for me, what I’ve finally come to is that apartment searching is like dating. No, it’s worse than dating.

What happens is you find an apartment you like and that you think will like you, you go to see it a few times and then you put a deposit straight down and wait for the application to go through. It’s like proposing on the third date and then having to wait around for two or three days for the answer. If you get a yes, it will be expensive and overwhelming and if you get a no, it will be heartbreaking and emotional and you’ll have to start all over again.

I have so much more to tell you all about the process, what apartments we’ve seen, how much fun it is to be in New York and more about life after graduation but you’ll have to wait a little bit. Talk to you soon Hart Beat.

Apartment search

I’m sitting here in the Berkshires recouping after a four day trip down to New York City. For the past month I’ve been going back and forth between Massachusetts and New York working part time (more on the soon) and getting ready for fall in the metropolitan area. What all this really means is I’ve been apartment searching for three weeks.

I don’t know how much you Hart Beat readers know about apartment searching in New York City but all I can say is it’s one of the most difficult processes. The market is terrible, what’s left is expensive, and the process is ruthless. I am not cut out for any of it.

What I’ve finally come to is that apartment searching is like dating. No, it’s worse than dating.

What happens is you find an apartment you like and that you think will like you, you go to see it a few times and then you put a deposit straight down and wait for the application to go through. It’s like proposing on the third date and then having to wait around for two or three days for the answer. If you get a yes, it will be expensive and overwhelming and if you get a no, it will be heartbreaking and emotional and you’ll have to start all over again.

I have so much more to tell you all about the process, what apartments we’ve seen, how much fun it is to be in New York and more about life after graduation but you’ll have to wait a little bit. Talk to you soon Hart Beat. 

Stress city and a song to marry

Soooo, I’m living in stress city over hear Hart Beat. Guess what? Apartment hunting is difficult and apartment hunting is impossible in New York. As a distraction, I want to share a little something with you. Hopefully soon I’ll let you know about the apartment search/ life update / location situation. 

Until then, here’s a little story. I don’t know if this has ever come up on Hart Beat but when I was in middle school I had a huge obsessive crush on Bob Dylan. I saw him and Willie Nelson in concert around that time and I thought he was just the greatest thing since sliced bread. Ever since then I’ve always said that if I had to marry a song and only listen to this one song for the rest of my life it would be “Shelter from the Storm” by Bob Dylan. I’m pretty sure this is where my silver bracelet and hair flower obsession come from. Thanks for making me feel better Bob, I love you too.

Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Stress city and a song to marry

Soooo, I’m living in stress city over hear Hart Beat. Guess what? Apartment hunting is difficult and apartment hunting is impossible in New York. As a distraction, I want to share a little something with you. Hopefully soon I’ll let you know about the apartment search/ life update / location situation. 

Until then, here’s a little story. I don’t know if this has ever come up on Hart Beat but when I was in middle school I had a huge obsessive crush on Bob Dylan. I saw him and Willie Nelson in concert around that time and I thought he was just the greatest thing since sliced bread. Ever since then I’ve always said that if I had to marry a song and only listen to this one song for the rest of my life it would be “Shelter from the Storm” by Bob Dylan. I’m pretty sure this is where my silver bracelet and hair flower obsession come from. Thanks for making me feel better Bob, I love you too.

Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”