Finding a place to live is stressful. Finding a place to live in New York is even more stressful. Finding a place to live in New York when you are under a time constraint is beyond stressful. I can’t tell you how many people I emailed, and out of my entire search, I literally only saw four apartments. Considering that I am just getting on my feet in NY, I opted to have roommates to cut costs. The only problem with that was everyone that I actually know in NY already has a place, so I would be living with total strangers. That was already a scary thought.
Not knowing where I was going to live, or how I was even going to find an apartment had me really stuck. I took to Craigslist to find options, and Craigslist was either filled with spam or just completely unreasonable living situations. Apartments in NY could either look super modern or the latter. It was really a hit or miss situation. Then, I could always just stay in New Jersey, but I did not move so I that I could live in Jersey. I came to live in NYC. I refused to settle.
So here is the real story. When I moved to the east coast, I came to New Jersey, where my cousin graciously allowed me to stay with her, until I got on my feet. I predicted in about six months, I would be good; which was partially accurate. However, there were a turn of events. The first week into January 2015, my cousin’s property management company finds out that I am living there and they give me 90 days to move out. So, I had to be gone by April 9, 2015. Mind you around this time, I had just completed a job assignment, so I was technically unemployed. So, I’m sitting here wondering how am I going to move without a stable income. So, two weeks later, I get a new gig. The hard part is over with. Now, I just have to find a place- that shouldn’t be hard, considering I have income.
Wrong. The hard part was just about to begin.
I had no clue where I was going to end up living, but I was determined not to stop. I felt like the moment I stopped, that is when I would miss out on the apartment I wanted.