Hello and Good Morning from Jersey City!
If you’ve checked into the blog over the last couple of weeks, then you already know that Scott and I are in the middle of a pretty big transition. We loaded up a U-Haul in Metro Detroit, we set out for New York City last Wednesday, and we haven’t looked back since!
We ended up sleeping on and off every few hours until we made it to Jersey City, New Jersey early Thursday morning. By the time we would have driven straight through (it’s about a ten hour drive without stopping), we would have arrived well into the early hours of the morning with nowhere to store our truck. Needless to say, we took our time.
Mid-Thursday morning, we met our friend Jess who ever so graciously offered us a complimentary stay at her boyfriend’s place until we found one of our own. (Um, lifesavers.)
We have really enjoyed our time in Jersey City and Hoboken! Some of the best views of the Manhattan Skyline are right here.
While it requires more steps and commuting time into the city, we considered looking around Hoboken for an apartment of our own. It’s becoming quite popular!
As you can imagine, life has been all over the place since we arrived. It’s been really nice to catch up with friends, but our main focus over the past few days has been to find an apartment to call home. Lo and behold, we found one!
Neither Scott or I could believe how smooth the whole process went. We knew of an empty apartment in a charming building that wasn’t even listed on the market, and we somehow skipped over going through a broker that comes with a pricey broker fee!
We couldn’t have done it without our friends, Shawn and Hillary, who live in the same building. We have basically been stalking the property and the landlord for months … and timing just worked out. We are so grateful.
We officially move in next weekend, and I am super excited to call Brooklyn our new home. We really love it there, and we feel incredibly blessed that our first New York apartment is located in Park Slope.
After moving our stuff in on Sunday and walking the area, it already feels like home!
Backing up a bit, here’s a look into our weekend riding the trains and exploring different areas of the city when we were looking for potential places to live …
Next to Herald Square
We spent several hours walking Washington Heights, the Upper West Side, and then the Upper East Side. A girl can dream, right? We also walked Columbia University which was really cool to see. Neither Scott or I had ever visited, and we would love to go back and explore more. It’s a beautiful campus and area!
Surprisingly enough, our time in the city has felt anything but overwhelming so far. Little by little, things are falling into place and we have received several affirmations that we made the right decision in moving out here. This week will be focused on getting prepared for an event in Orlando that both Scott and I are working (The Invictus Games!), and, of course, finding full-time jobs here in New York.
Other highlights from the weekend included …
a homemade welcome dinner in the city made by Lauren
coffee and a delicious lunch in Park Slope (this sign is on point)
sushi with Jess and Jareth at Robongi in Hoboken
… a birthday party for our friend, Jason, and live music at Rockwood Music Hall with Erin!
I didn’t take half as many photos as I normally do, but I’m starting to learn that’s okay. We have truly enjoyed diving face first into the big city culture, and I am looking forward to continue sharing our journey with you.
I should be back to more of a normal posting schedule this week, and I’ll see you back in the morning with a new at-home bodyweight workout. Thanks for checking in!
Question of the Day
• What was one highlight from your weekend?
• Do you know of any must-try places in the Park Slope area?
Have a great Monday!