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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Holding out

I admit it. I've been holding out on you folks a little. It's just that I'm Catholic and therefore convinced that nothing will go smoothly in life and terrible things will befall me. And, for the past month, they kinda have. Really, I'm expecting locusts any day now.

But now that we *finally* have the keys in hand after the requisite amount of drama, I think it's safe to say that Jon and I have a new place in Brooklyn. And it's great. And I love it. And it's so much better than I expected. That about sums it up.

It's in beautiful Cobble Hill. (Or, as we call it in the 'hood, "Never ran, never will, Cobble Hill." Ok, no one calls it that but me.) And -- wait for it -- it's a duplex! Two floors! I didn't even know there were apartments with two floors that were affordable for people without inheritances. I guess to people outside of New York I might sound a little crazy now.

The place is being painted, so photos are limited, but I couldn't sleep until I showed off the steps leading to our downstairs. We have a downstairs! Who are we?

And here is our exposed brick living room with a working fireplace. I love it! Sad thing is, I've written about too many tragic fire stories and know in my heart of hearts that I'll be too nervous to use it. But it looks nice, no?

Once the move is done, I can start reading blogs again. I'm hopelessly behind!

And honestly, I can't flee Queens fast enough. I have been so enraged lately about the blackout that at times I cannot see straight. I had extremely minimal power from Monday until Thursday, when my building lost electricity completely. And we didn't get it back until Sunday night. That's nearly a week without a fan or air conditioner, radio, Internet, television, hot water or, sadly, refrigerator.

I will admit that for me, this was an inconvenience, not life or death. But for my neighbors, the situation was dire. There wasn't any food or water for blocks and, for reasons I don't comprehend, the Red Cross didn't show up until Saturday night. (Perhaps because Con Ed was understating the problem? But they knew we were here. I'm stymied.) There were no lights on the street for five nights, until the Office of Emergency Management finally put up giant lights. There were no outreach workers telling people where to get water and food, and no transportation to the cooling centers, despite what was said on the news. People were literally and figuratively in the dark.

Even now, I'm hearing that the blackout is over, but there were still people on my block getting free spaghetti from the Salvation Army today. I wish that I had called 311, the city's helpline, before Saturday, but I just assumed that help was on the way.

Makes a nice, clean, new home seem all the nicer.


Anonymous Bee said...

The place looks like it has potential! Congrats on the new pad.

The heat in Cali has been bad, so I can only imagine how bad it is out there, WITHOUT electricity! I have very good friends out in Queens too and been hearing horrible stories. I'm glad to hear you've managed to find your way a lovely new place. Yay.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Congratulations on the new place!
having lived on the east coast I understand your excitement over the two floors. I just wish we had exposed brick interiors here in CA.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

congrats on your new place, carrie. so happy for you. wow. stairs. in nyc. colored me impressed.

can't wait to see you on friday. :D

8:16 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

whoa ! I am impressed by a duplex too!

8:17 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Congratulations! The new place (well, what we've seen of it) looks great. I just love that exposed brick! Maybe you could do something artsy with the fireplace, instead of using it for an actual fire?

8:21 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Congrats on the big new move.

I too am so enraged with the power situation in Queens and the response that you in your community have received. It is just another example that people need to rely on themselves to get themselves out of a crisis, because no one's going to help.

Cynical, I know.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Congrats on your new home!!! :)

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Congrats on the new place - it looks gorgeous! Good luck with the move!

9:33 AM  
Blogger mayarn said...

Congratulations! With that second floor, you're really moving up (or down, depeding what direction you're going on the staircase) in the world!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

I'm so glad you got a new place. Hopefully things will start to get better now. I've been to NYC a few times and I know that space is a commodity so I understand your excitement.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Congratulations on the new digs! It looks great.

Being without power for a week is unbearable. I can't believe help didn't arrive sooner.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

lovely apartment Carrie, absolutely lovely! congrats!! The situation in Queens is so sad and frustrating esp when the mayor is fully supporting the ceo of ConEd. I have met your Councilman Eric Gioia several times and he is a good guy and I sincerely hope he gets the answers ya'll deserve.

10:10 AM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...


I'm seriously behind on blog reading, but Yay for you for moving to Brooklyn. All the cool kids are doing it!

I'm shocked about the whole blackout. It's perpetuating my thoughts that the only borough that matters is Manhattan. I hate that.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Wow! (I'm saying that about the apartment, not the conditions in Queens, although I could "wow" about that too). I'm looking forward to pics of WIPs and FOs elegantly draped over the stairs...
I can't believe you got the keys before Aug 1st. No fair!
See you on friday.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Congrats on your new place!

10:36 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I think I stopped breathing for a bit when I was reading your post. That looks like a great place - and an affordable duplex at that!! Who was your real estate agent????!!! Good luck with the move, glad the power is back, but saddened by the whole situation in Queens.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Oh Carrie! You've had some bad luck too, haven't you? Thank you so much for your sweet comment the other day- it definitely made me smile. I can't believe you lived on Canterbury! That's right around the corner! It's a small world, isn't it?

I'm *so* happy for you about the new house!!! The brickwork on the fireplace is gorgeous- how lucky you two were to find this place! I hope you have a ton of fun setting it up and making it your own. I'm sure it'll be beautiful.

Here's hoping that things will look up- for both of us!

(and let me know if you ever get the inclination to visit your old stomping grounds in Rochester ;-) )

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Oh my gosh, I love the new place! Congrats! I am so sorry that things have been so icky for you lately. Hearing about your situation sure does put my life in a bit of perspective. I've been complaining about having an A/C that barely works when you haven't even been able to stand in front of a functioning fridge to cool down. Keep your head up and again, congrats!

12:11 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

wow, congratulations on your duplex! that's really cool! i would be excited about a new home, too :) woo hooo!!!!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Bryony said...

That looks gorgeous - can't wait to see some more pics :D Lucky you! As for the fire, what about getting a wood burning stove to make it safer than just having an open one? Or going with the artsy idea already suggested (an excellent idea - perhaps a load of cobble stones with some candles wedged inbetween them?)

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Yay for the new place! It looks adorable. And yeah, so sorry to hear about your troubles with the blackout/heat situation. I heard the news over the weekend about ConEd "understating the severity of the situation" and was hoping you guys were ok.

And by the way? Not that I am stalking you or anything? I totally saw you on TV last night.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

The place looks great! Two floors--what a luxury in NY! I once looked at an apartment on the lower east side advertised as 2BR. As I climbed the stairs--the smell of natural gas wafting about--I knew it was not going to be good. The two bedrooms? A closet off the living room divided by a partial wall that didn't even touch the ceiling with roll-up matchstick shades instead of doors! And each "room" was only big enough to fit a twin mattress--no extra space for anything! Needless to say, I passed. You scored--congrats!

4:35 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

i'm so excited for you to move into your new place! you'll definitely have to have the spiders over at some point so that we can ooh and aah over your spacious living arrangements.

the con ed situation in queens is unforgivable. but you just know that in a couple of months people will have forgotten about it :( our memories here are too short.

4:37 PM  
Blogger megan said...

I am green with envy over that apartment!

I can not wait to get back to NY.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

YAY YAY YAY!!! I was so excited to read your comment on my blog about the new place!

I'm thrilled that you will be doing more sewing AND have an upstairs (I swear I've always associated upstairs with money as well).

I'm really sorry about the blackout. I was thinking of you while they talked about it on NPR yesterday. I know it's been hell but at least you have an awesome new place to call home!!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Makes you wonder where all that homeland security money is going, doesn't it? Congrats on the new place!

5:07 PM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

the colors on the stairway are SO beautiful. makes me want yarn in those colors. you maybe will want to use at least one "firelog" in your new fireplace.
i'm so sorry about the power outage. none of that made national news.
i promise to put away emergency supplies this grocery day. florida storms...

8:22 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

gosh, you told me, i heard it, but still, to see it. stairs! they really are quite beautiful! it really is a shame how much the city/con ed neglected to aid the people of queens, though i'm not surprised. it's embarrassing, actually, how blatant a move like that is. i think your "never run, never will" slogan is apt -- no reason!

p.s. caught a few minutes of "tabloid wars" and i saw you! you're all quiet and on the computer and the guy next to you: yabber yabber! (jk)

8:31 PM  
Blogger krissy said...

congratulations on your new place! that exposed brick looks lovely. and two floors? from what i've heard that's a true luxury in nyc! yay for you! (sorry life has been kinda yucky otherwise but it'll get better soon...)

8:32 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

That blackout is something to be enraged about. It makes me mad just hearing about it.

So glad to hear about the new place. Two floors? That's so cool. I'm envious.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Cool new place- two stories?? You hit the jackpot :) Congrats!

Is Cobblehill in Brooklyn? One of my friends is looking for places in Brooklyn, but doesn't have much money for a place. Do you know what one bedrooms run in your neighborhood?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Looks like a great place, and what a gorgeous living room! Congrats!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Hey Carrie! Congratulations!!
That is fantastic. I love the exposed brick wall.
And your rhyme is damned funny!
And Brooklyn? I loved Brooklyn so much when I visited New York. I believe that if I ever had to live in a city - it would be Brooklyn for me. I just loved the neighbourhood feel. There was a cat on the shelf in a little grocer's I was in. He had a cushion beside the Campbell's soup.
Come on!
I can't wait to see more pics.

That is deplorable that your neighbours have been suffering like that.
It is so shocking - there is so much available - why can't it get to the people that need it?!
Sometimes I really wonder. And this is the world's leading developed nation - in its most beloved city.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I can't believe that - no electricity for that long? That is just awful! I am so happy to hear about your new lovely place in Brooklyn though! Best wishes with the move and reorganization!

I can't believe I missed you on the TV show - I hope they rerun it!


7:49 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

I knew it would be sunshine at the other end for you!! Great new apt and can't wait to see the rest! Yippi!

8:52 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

beautiful apartment! glad the power's back on, but am frustrated by this country's lack of response to poorer folks in need during a crisis.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Beautiful place! I love exposed brick walls. And I use my fireplace all the time, go ahead and give it a go. Not this week though. And not when the snow has piled up on top of the chimney, either. But some other time, when it is both safe and ideal :)

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

Stairs!@>!? Are you sure you're in a boro?! Congratulations!!!!!

12:46 PM  
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12:47 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I love the two-tone wood. The brick fireplace is awesome too.

Glad you're getting out of Queens. You should consider writing an expose on the lack of help everyone got and send it to all the Congress people and Senators you can.

The poverty line shouldn't be where the emergency help line gets drawn.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Congrats on the new place. Looks great! I'm pretty superstitious about things like that too. Sometimes it seems putting it out there in the universe isn't always a good idea until it's all settled, at least for me.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I can't believe what you've had to go through all because of crappy services. That is just horrendous.

But the new place looks so lovely. I've had open fire places in every house I ever lived in (except this one, which has a log- burning stove) and I think they're safe as long as you keep them well maintained.

I'm excited for you - I know how heavenly it is to move to somewhere you love.

11:07 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

I'm glad that you 2 are doing better from all the craziness. The place looks fab & I am thinking that about 20 pillar candle in the fireplace all lit up will have the same effect as a fire. And much more romantic!

10:54 AM  

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