Then & Now: Stranded in Sunnyside, with room to party
By Grace |September 30, 2011 - 10:47AM
I have owned my current apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, for about five years now.
It's a 950-square-foot two-bedroom co-op worth around $350,000, and my roommate and I have more than
enough space for the two of us.
I live two blocks from the subway station and
six stops from the city. When I bought it, I liked the size, the proximity to transportation, and
the ample amount of light. I disliked the fact that it had a cockroachproblem the
most at first. However, thankfully that was short-lived; an exterminator took
care of it right away.
Now that I have lived here
for so long, the thing I like best is that the space lends itself so nicely to
dinner parties. The dining area and living room area create a large, airy space in which to gather, with a bar area for mixing drinks. Compared with my friends who live in the
city or even in New Jersey or Westchester, their floor plans aren't ideal for
The fact that my place is so good for parties is a saving grace, because I've grown to dislike the neighborhood. It lacks in cultural
Specifically, none of my friends live within walking distance; a lot
of them live in Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Fort Greene, etc.) or in the city (East
Village). I'm 30 years old, so I guess I'm the only one who didn't get the memo
that everyone my age lives in a cool neighborhood--not a quiet, affordable,
There isn't a ton of stuff to do here, just pubs and ethnic
restaurants, which aren't ideal for entertaining fellow young professionals who
would rather brunch, hang out at an independent cafe, or check out a gallery.
Long story short, I'm considering moving to Brooklyn because it has more to offer to young
professionals in terms of art, music, and culture in general. I'll have to move to a smaller place--maybe even a studio. I'll have to sell my current place and buy a new place, which will be a lengthy process, I'm sure.
Then & Now explores how time illuminates the pros and cons of an apartment--and how what draws people to a place isn't necessarily what keeps them there.
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