Welcome to the 2nd year of the Wandering Willey! February 26th marked the 1 year point for the blog. There were 103 posts over the 365 day span, not too bad for year 1! I am going to attempt to improve upon consistency again now that we have have settled into our new apartment, and hopefully stay in better touch with the world. So here is to another year of good events to write about and to you the reader for sticking with us. Cheers!
And on that note, let’s start this new blogging year with a bang:
We have officially moved! We have set out the last of the moving boxes and bubble wrap at the curb, hung everything on walls, and stocked the pantry. Our journey from the East Village to East Williamsburg was fairly uneventful, with careful planning and packing we were able to hire movers (the only way to go when 5 flights of stairs are involved) to get the job down in under 6 hours. After saying goodbye to the old apartment last Sunday there is no looking back. It is truly amazing the amount adventure contained in that silly little apartment perched above Avenue A. Shannon, Dan, Addie, and all of the friends we had come and go have used that place as a launching pad for more excitement than anyone has a right to experience in just 14 months. Time to start all over again in Brooklyn!
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC, NY. We now live on the 4th floor of a red brick building above a jewelry shop. During the process of moving out to the new borough it quickly became obvious that it was going to be a little different scene. Not only are simple things quite different, as in the temperature is considerable colder when you are unprotected by the towering city, but also the architecture is radically different, the noise level is drastically reduced, and most blatantly and almost oppressively the blue sky returns! It actually stratles me every time I look out of the window and see nothing but blue sky, I hadn’t realized how much I missed it. We now get to see a real sunset every night! Already the transition has been a little bitter-sweet, I have found that while Brooklyn has welcomed us with arms wide open I do already miss some things about the East Village. When moving out of an old place it seems that it is hard to remember why it is we were moving, and only after settling into the new place did I come to understand the charm and unique beauty of our old neighborhood. Moving forward from the city, there are tons of benefits to our new neighborhood! Already we have located the plethora of great bars, restaurants, and cafes. We have a grocery store right across the street! Anyways, I can’t wait for the weather to let up so that we can actually figure out our new spot.
The Apartment: Small. About 650 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom sitting atop of a large brick building (tallest on the block) with a view of the Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg bridge! It is no small thing being back in an apartment where things actually work, i.e. the sink works, cabinets have handles, the counters are marble and not porous stained vinyl, and there aren’t nails coming through the floor! One thing has really made our new place a good place for me: sunlight. We actually get bright morning sunlight in the kitchen and warm afternoon light in the living room. Pair the sun with some blue skies and finally I can relax a little after escaping the concrete sidewalks and towering buildings. Here are some pictures of the move and the new place slowly being assembled.
Much more to come this afternoon and over the next couple of days. Check back in on updates about work, school, and new adventures. We hope all of you guys are doing well. Much love from Brooklyn/