Written by: Adam Fernandez
So many things have been simultaneously happening and not happening that I’m just going to make a few short but important points in regards to New York, where we are, and what we’ve been doing.
– Laura and I went up to NY in May to scope out several different areas to live. She wrote an entry about it, so you might’ve known that already. Anyway, we stayed with my friend Marcus, whom I’ve known since high school and has always been very supportive of my musical endeavors. I was also hoping that we could line up some interviews while we were up there, but it ended up being too soon to do that. Anyway, Marcus lives in the “Upper West Side,” several blocks away from the apartment I shared with Angelique and company during the summer when all of this New York business started. Laura liked it, but felt kind of uneasy about living there at first. Throughout the trip, Laura and I made excursions into the rest of the city, including a meeting at a very bare office with a gentlemen that specializes in room rentals. While we decided ultimately not to work through him, he did circle some places on our subway map for us to look at, specifically in Brooklyn. Laura and I also met up with Michelle, an old coworker of mine, over drinks to discuss areas and job opportunities. She recommended Bushwick (also in Brooklyn) and told me how to apply at Apple (yes, that Apple) using her as a referral. Laura and I scoped out Bushwick, and several surrounding areas before returning to Marcus’ apartment. I should also mention that Marcus was a big help in showing us around his area, and giving us a better insight into the grocery and survival aspect of New York living. Around the end of our trip, I reconnected with Willy, who is Angelique’s grandfather. Willy has lived and worked in New York City longer than he cares to admit and his advice was/is crucial to our move. He currently works as a security guard at one of the many apartment buildings that Columbia University owns and rents to students, and he promised to take me to apply for the job and guide me in the process. He’s a real sweet guy, and yet another member of Jell’s wonderful family to whom I am so indebted. I can’t say this enough (and they’ve surely heard it enough): None of this would be possible without their help. I am truly lucky to have someone as great as Angelique in my life. Nobody should have to do this alone. After that, Laura and I wrapped up our return to New York– we returned to Miami with purpose, clearer mindsets, and sharper goals. Yet, work still had to be done, and we continued to do so.
– On July 20th, I bid farewell to the only house I had ever known, and moved my stuff into my grandparent’s house to wait until the move to New York. I had hoped that one day I could revisit my old house after I had moved, but then life happened and so I move on. That same day, Laura and I headed to another house where we had picked up a housesitting/petsitting job for some friends. They were going out of the country for 3 weeks and had offered to pay us to be at their house and look after their two dogs, Cody and Oliver. Laura and I got a taste of what it’s like to live together, do groceries together, and commute to work together, with the added bonus of taking care of two totally awesome dogs. We got paid about $400 for our labor and so the New York Fund had grown more. We were sad to leave the dogs behind, but ecstatic to return to the house (and Cody and Oliver) for 4 more days (and more money for the NY Fund) in the middle of August.
– Among other ways to boost the New York Fund, we also put up two old school film cameras on Craigslist. We ended up selling one to a guy up in Ft. Lauderdale, and we drove up there to Las Olas Riverfront to meet the man in person and make sure we didn’t get ripped off. He gave us a cool $125 for it, and the New York Fund grew. We’re still looking to sell the other one.
– Laura and I still don’t have jobs yet, though we’ve been applying constantly. I posted up my resume (redone courtesy of Marcus) on Craigslist, and while visiting my parents up in Clearwater, I received a couple calls asking me to come interview. Unfortunately, when I made mention that I didn’t live in NY yet but would by the end of August, I was turned down. Another lesson in relocation: There are an untold number of people already living in New York City looking for work. While it’s not impossible to secure a job there before you move, it is damn difficult, and most companies won’t waste their time waiting for you when they can find someone else willing to go in immediately. Because of that, my parents had suggested that I move up there ahead of Laura to lay the groundwork and secure everything before coming back for her. Even Laura thought it was a good idea. Apparently, I was the only one who didn’t. In the beginning, New York was my dream, and I had thought I was going it alone. After I met Laura, I realized that not only was that practically impossible, it was also undesirable. This isn’t about just me anymore, it’s about us. After discussing it with her, we decided we would go together, as it should be.
Editor’s note: In between writing this entry and posting it, over the span of a few short days actually, I secured a job at a luxury hotel as a hospitality coordinator and will be starting four days after we arrive in the city. More details to come soon! ~Laura
– Originally, we had planned to be up in New York by June. We pushed it to the end of August in order to give us more time to wrap things up here and to reach our NY Fund goal of $7,000 (of which we have $5455 as of this posting). Laura and I discussed where we were and what we needed to do and, along with the discussion about me moving up before her, we decided (much to my chagrin) to push it back to September… now three days from now. I really wanted to be out of here by the end of August, but we also want to do this the right way. Our success depends on our preparation.
– A little while ago, Marcus contacted us with an offer we couldn’t refuse. His roommate, Katie (who we had met on our last trip to New York) was moving out at the end of the year, and they asked us if we’d like to move into her room. This would work wonders for us seeing as we’ve already seen the apartment and we know the area (for the most part), and we wouldn’t have to worry about moving in/living with someone we didn’t know, since Marcus would be our roommate. Laura and I discussed it in great length and detail, and after sending Katie questions about the situation back and forth, we decided that we’re going for it!
– Which leads us to this, the most important development of all. We’ve bought our tickets. Laura and I are moving on September 20th! It’s real, it’s happening, and we couldn’t be more excited, scared, nervous, anxious, and determined all at the same time if we tried! This is it. This is what we’ve been waiting for and what we’ve been working towards.
If you’ve been following up with us all this time, thank you. New York phase two is about to begin. Stay tuned!