There is one thing I learned first hand about moving to Manhattan these past few weeks, how horrible moving can be. Unless you have a pretty big trust fund, it won’t be so easy. So I compiled a list of 9 things you should know about moving to Manhattan:
1. Like I said, It’s not easy- It’s not easy at all. Unless you don’t really care about the area, the room or any details about where you’ll be living, you have a lot of work cut out for you. You will be spending many long and headache-filled nights researching areas and places to live. And they will ALL start to look the same at some point.
2. NEVER take an apartment sight unseen- If you bit the bullet and did this, you are a brave soul. Those websites they have for apartment buildings? They must have some of the most amazing designers. I went to an apartment in Midtown to check it out. The pictures looked great, the descriptions of the apartment were awesome but there was one thing that didn’t check out –the reviews. And the reviews checked out- The hallways? They stunk a horrible stench and were so dirty. The apartment itself? Absolutely disgusting- I’m talking mold in the fridge, crooked light fixtures, and brown tubs.
3. Survival of the fittest is an understatement- You may speak to someone the night before and then POOF that apartment is gone before your meeting the next morning.
4. Don’t trust the leasing agent- You can tell from the moment you shake hands if this will be a person you can trust. Are they dressed professionally? Well then, they care about their job. If they look like just another person off the street and proceed to tell you: “Don’t worry we’ll fix the apartment up before you move in” RUN! Run for the hills. If they’re showing you an apartment already like this, they’re not going to be doing anything to fix it.
5. Brokers will kill your bank account- On average, a broker’s fee is 15% of the first year’s rent. Why would I ever pay a broker to find me a cheap apartment? All the money I’d save would be going straight to them.
6. Leasing offices are the way to go- These people know their building, if you find a good leasing agent you’re set. You won’t be paying a broker fee and you’ll be meeting the person that will be taking care of you the next year.
7. Grab a good pair of shoes- You’ll be walking everywhere to find yourself the perfect apartment to live. And make sure to LOOK around the area. Is it a safe area? What will it be like at night? Is it close to a subway?
8. Do your homework- What did the rents go for in the building your looking at? What about rents around that building? What amenities do buildings around your price range have? You won’t be able to negotiate anything if you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s a seller’s market so you better know your stuff.
9. Be ready to pay $2000 a month for a decent place- Unless you don’t mind living in a closet, you’re going to be footing a lot more money than some may expect.
Anyone can move to NYC but not everyone does. You move here to feel the excitement, to make the most of what this city has to offer. Manhattan is a very special place to live and it’s not for anyone but it could be for you. If you have dreams, if you have ambitions, if you like having the option to go to a hockey game after work or a play, if you enjoy having your friends just a subway ride away, if you’re a foodie, if you’re someone who likes stepping out of your comfort zone and discovering something new every day, this place is for you.
I’m not sure how it all started. Maybe it was the early 1900s when all women were able to wear was tight, uncomfortable dresses. We’ve evolved a lot since then but there’s one thing that’s still missing from our wardrobe: Men’s clothing. Maybe it’s because they are usually two to three sizes larger than our normal clothes but women are attracted to them like magnets.
Basically, it’s the man’s fault. They fling their clothes everywhere, they hardly are able to keep track of their own clothes. When they vanish, you really shouldn’t have expected much more. That sweatshirt you were about to put on? It’s at her apartment. Those sweatpants you were about to wear? Those were gone weeks ago. Although you may like us in our tight-fitting clothes, we hope you don’t mind us in your oversized jackets.
So what are the top 5 items a lady will most likely steal from a man?
1. Your Jacket: She didn’t expect it to get so cold that night when she went out on the town. You just slipped it over her allowing for her to wear it all the way home (and never to come back).
2. Your Hat: Our hair may be a mess in the morning and oh man, do we look cute in your favorite cap or what? Who doesn’t love a good fashion staple like a fedora or beanie to add to our collection, too?
3. Your Suit Coat: There’s nothing better than a man’s suit coat draped over you and your dress. We appreciate that handsome gesture you made and we’re most likely expecting it too. These may be given back (mostly in the hopes they’ll be over our shoulders soon enough).
4. Your Sweatshirt: Women love wearing men’s sweatshirts. Our favorite type to steal from a guy is one that is already broken in and gives off a soft scent of your cologne. Needless to say, when I received the Savonne Pour Homme soap for men I knew many sweatshirts would be. It gives off the perfect, soft scent ladies will love. No man’s sweatshirt is safe after they showered in this.
5. Your Team T-shirt: You wanted us to be rooting for your team right? We thought we’d be extra cute and show our support.
See, women love wearing men’s clothes. It’s not about the perfect sweatshirt or beanie to add to our collection, it’s that it’s yours. We love those gestures, even if you may not be offering them up permanently. If you’re lucky, you may get it back washed and folded until the next time we may need it.
To find Savonne Pour Homme Soap visit their website, twitter or Facebook page. It’s a great present for your man, and ladies? You’ll love this scent.
The Soap from a Man’s Opinion: The soap leaves a light hint of cologne and lathers great, I didn’t think I’d like this product when Tia came to me at first but I really like it! I’ve always been a fan of liquid soap (not as easy to fumble around when you’re half awake and you’re just thinking of caffeine and a bagel) but considering the texture and scent of Savonne, it’s great. Lather me up. I’d definitely get it. -JG
*This soap was sent to ACB for review.
This morning’s guest blogger is the lovely Helene from Helene in Between. Helene is a fun-loving, down-to-earth girl who can always make me laugh. Helene loves to write about music, travel and humor. Today, Helene is sharing with us her favorite parts of Dallas and her idea of the perfect day.
If you ever… want to have the best day in Dallas. Ever.
You’d wake up at the crack of dawn 9 am and head on over to White Rock Lake. Take a stroll around the 9 mile lake. Or just sit on a bench and watch the bikers, boats and runners go by. You can also catch a glimpse of the beautiful Dallas skyline.
Then you’d hit up your favorite spot for brunch- let’s head to Nick and Sam’s and casually people watch as women stroll in with designer everything and men are wearing too much hair gel.
If you’re still feeling outdoorsy we can head to Klyde Warren Park which is, oddly enough, above the free way. Or if you’d rather we can go to the Perot Museum and get a better understanding of nature and science.
We will need to take a break and get ready for our night out on the town- you are hanging out with me. First we will get some Tex-Mex, we have the best after all, and order some Bob Armstrong queso (it’s on on the menu) at Mattito’s. After a few margaritas we will need to burn off some of those calories.
So we’ll head down to Uptown or Knox-Henderson area.
Most Dallasites might prefer a more upscale place, but I’m ready to dance- aren’t you? So we’ll hit up Corner bar. It’s kind of a dive, but the DJ plays great music and we’ll sure to have a great time.
We can take the Mckinney Avenue Trolley home.
Now that sounds like a perfect day in Dallas to me!
Check out Helene’s awesome blog, Helene in Between, here (If you don’t, you’re missing out. Trust me.). If you would like to be considered for guest posting please email email@example.com!