The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Help, I Need a Roommate or an Apartment or A MILLION DOLLARS?

moving the world one house at a time
Moooving...uh, not with this truck.

Another reason that I haven't been focused on update my site lately is because I'm planning to move out of my apartment at the end of the month. Never having had to find a place to live, pack up, and go in a span of two weeks, I kind of have no freakin' clue what I'm doing. Many times I've though, "Jesus christ, I don't really want to move," or, "Hell, I'll just go home," but I really ought to make this work and, for once in my life, not be a lazy sack of crap.

So, why am I moving? I love Tristan to death (and vice versa, perhaps), but we've run into the cliché of how living with your best friend can ruin your friendship. Not that our friendship is ruined, but we obviously don't want to reach that point. After a few weeks of hm-ing and haw-ing, we've decided that moving out would be best for the both of us so we can stay best friends. (He didn't ask me to leave; I initiated the decision.)

However, I still want to live in the same neighborhood, preferably for even less than what I'm paying now, although I can hover around $800. It's a long shot, but I figured I'd ask...

Anyone out there want to be my roommate starting December 1? Or need a roommate? And lives in the Williamsburg area (I currently live on the south side)? Where monthly rent is $800 or less? Preferably you're a girl, but it doesn't really matter to me. I'm rather clean and quiet, I'm not at home at during the day, I don't drink or smoke, don't watch TV, don't throw parties (generally don't mind if other people do), and my god I SOUND LIKE THE MOST BORING PERSON EVER but apparently this makes me easy to live with. I keep my emotional drama to myself and I don't have a significant other who will crash at the apartment every other night. One thing that is important to me though is knowing that my friends can stay over for a night (or seven) without any protest. Every so often. Not that often. I mean, mostly Alex. and that's like once a month. And he's awesome!

I rarely cook, but I'll eat anything.

Preferably I'd just live on my own, but that's kinda know...out of my price range. That's what I get for living in New York City. Something inside me died when Alex told me how much it cost to get an apartment in Philly.

So, if anyone out there needs a roommate and wants to live in Williamsburg or if anyone is looking for a roommate, please contact me a I'm trolling Craigslist for good stuff, but I welcome all other suggestions.


emi / November 16, 2008 2:12 AM

i would SO live with you. except that i live in CA, so your commute might not be so fun.

good luck!

y / November 16, 2008 2:49 AM

I'd gladly trade you in for my current roommate. But either your commute would be long, or mine would...since we'd have to compromise between Atlanta or Brooklyn.

jennie / November 16, 2008 7:08 AM

holy crap, $800/month? i live in the suburbs of washington, dc (arlington, va) and my rent alone is $1400/month (which does not include utilies or parking).

kathryn / November 16, 2008 8:09 AM

Aw, we could do so much fabulous eating together! It would be glorious! However, I'm still jobless, which is posing a slight obstacle to my moving-to-NYC plan. How obnoxious. Good luck with the apartment hunt! I know its the most challenging thing ever.

Gastro888 / November 16, 2008 9:29 AM

Good luck with the apartment and roommate hunting, Robyn! Try looking at Queens (the horror - LOL!), you could live in a studio by yourself in Forrest Hills for $1100-$1200K a month. I know your budget is $800 but sometimes it's worth it to live on your own. (Trust!)

Mikey / November 16, 2008 10:29 AM

Wanna move to the Netherlands? We have so much stuff I bet you've never tasted before. Don't worry, I WILL cure you of your no-TV, no-party, no-drinking disease ;)

Bonnie / November 16, 2008 10:42 AM

I'll keep an eye peeled. I wish you could move in here! Or to Princeton. However, you'd faint from boredom at the lack of good eats.

Corey / November 16, 2008 11:04 AM

Just a tip: you should maybe try to extend your search to the Greenpoint area. It's much cheaper than Williamsburg and is but a short walk away, depending on where you're at.

roboppy / November 16, 2008 11:29 AM

Emi: Too far oh nooo!


Jennie: Damn, is that the going price? My two-bedroom apartment is $1500 overall (not with utilities), but I pay more because my room is huger. I would think my place is smaller than yours, heh.

Kathryn: Oh nooes! So close! Tristan moved here before he found a job, but it is rather stressful to live here and not know what you're doing. :(

Gastro888: Ah, a part of me would at one time not mind living in Queens, buut..I like my neighborhood...wah! Bluh. Totally can't do $1200; that's like 2/3rds of my salary. I mean, if I do that I probably wouldn't eat out anymore. Sadness.

Mikey: Don't tempt me. ;)

Bonnie: Princeton would be better than the other places I've lived in in NJ (Franklin Lakes and and Ramsey)!

Corey: Sigh..yeah, I should probably give into Greenpoint. ;) But all my other friends who live in my neighborhood pay about the same or less than I do. (Some pay like $500-something, oh my god.) If it's a short walk to Williamsburg I could deal with that. I don't hate the G train, but I'd rather not rely on it. Buuuh.

anna / November 16, 2008 1:12 PM

Ha, if I could be guaranteed a job I'd move down there and room with you in a heartbeat! Most of my thoughts these days involve dreaming up ways to make enough money to move to Brooklyn. Good luck!

Angeline / November 16, 2008 2:25 PM

Is that guy who wants freshly baked cookies every morning in lieu of rent still looking for a roommate? I hope someone knows that I'm talking about and I didn't make this up.

I've got a couch you can sleep on but it's in Canada. Good luck with the hunt! :)

Kathryn / November 16, 2008 2:35 PM

Angeline, I know exactly who you're talking about! That was probably the funniest posting I've ever read.

Robyn, if you can wait until May/June, I'll live with you! Unfortunately I have to graduate and find a job first, ha. Unless you'd be interested in a couch in Baltimore? =)

Mahar / November 16, 2008 7:33 PM

Live in Manila. For $800/month, you could live in a really, really, really swanky apartment. Think super nice appointed hotel suite.

Heck, for $800, you could pay for a semester of my college tuition.

Good luck Robyn!

piccola / November 16, 2008 7:37 PM

I remember looking for an apt. within that price range in the city... had to cross the Hudson to Jersey City.

Now, in Toronto, I get a one-bedroom, utilities included, for that price. You could always move here - it's only a one-hour flight... :)

Nancy / November 16, 2008 7:49 PM

If you're willing to move to the Marine Park area, around the Avenue U stop of the Q line, I know a Chinese couple who are looking to rent out their basement for $700 a month. That's including utilities and an internet connection. But it’s a basement, and a 1 room apartment, and it's on the other side of Brooklyn, but I thought I’d just throw out another option.

roboppy / November 16, 2008 9:06 PM

Anna: There are somewhat inexpensive places to live here!...just...have to get lucky. Doh.


I found a good deal today on Craigslist from a dude looking for a roommate. Eeee!! Crossing my fingers.

Kathryn: Yes, graduating and finding a job = two important things! By that point the lease in my current apt will run out..oo.

Mahar: Sweet jesus, a semester of my tuition was...too much for me to think about, falala. Sad.

piccola: Oh yeah, I remember how my friend in Toronto told me how much (that is, how little) her very nice apartment cost. :[ Mraaah.

Nancy: I draw the line at basement apartments, hehe. And if I'm that far in Brooklyn, I honestly may as well move home! I'd save a lot of money. ;)

Erica / November 16, 2008 11:10 PM

You should try further out on the L train in Bushwick. I know it's a commute, but at Myrtle-Wyckoff (right by supersafe Ridgewood) it takes 20 minutes to get to Union Square. It can be a cool area, lot's of tacquerias (!), and my rent is 750 plus utilities. Not bad!

Your best bet is to walk around the area, because I betcha there are some empty rooms just begging for tenants.

Good luck! Come to think of it, my roomie and I have considered subletting our large bedroom for 800 if you get stuck for time.


Aliiiiiiiiiiiiice / November 17, 2008 2:02 AM

look at all these peoples who wants to live with youse!!!

u are luffed. LuFFed!

roboppy / November 17, 2008 9:04 AM


Erica: Tacooos!!! Sounds like I should go out there to do some fooding? :D (I LIKE TACOOS.) I may have found a good place in my neighborhood, more expensive than what I'm paying now, but it sounds freakin' sweet. I should figure this out soon...

Alice: But so many of them don't live here! Waah if only I could bundle them all up and we could live in a giant food-loving apartment...

maggie / November 17, 2008 10:44 AM

good for you for realizing that being roomates can strain a friendship. Good luck in the search...there's always craigslist...

jesse / November 17, 2008 11:59 AM

Omg I would tooooootally love to live with you. I can cook and we can eat and become fat manatees together! Unfortunately I'm still in Oxford, UK until the end of 2009. Come here to Oxford, yes!!!

Parisbreakfasts / November 17, 2008 3:51 PM

Don't sniff at Queens or rather Astoria - the most multi-culti town in the USA!!!
You can get Columbian, Mongolian, Indian, Venetian, Greek, Cypriot,Brazilian..oh hell endless kinds of cuisine around the corner.
Great exotic produce too therefore..

Ulla / November 17, 2008 5:29 PM

That is a bit of a bummer. I hope this means you are going to be eating more pork and duck. Good luck in your search!

seisei / November 17, 2008 10:32 PM

i would second the rec for bushwick/ridgewood. i was able to find a pretty big place for $900. there are tacos aplenty, but not too much else. up north in ridgewood there's quite a bit of polish food too.

ps--i think i saw you on the train the other day but didn;t want to be weird and freak you out (though this is probably weird too; sorry!)

roboppy / November 18, 2008 1:44 AM

Julie: I found a place! Yay!

Maggie: I'm going to miss Tristan but we will only live a short walk away from each other if all goes well! Weeee.

Jesse: FAT MANATEE CLUB, WE HAZ IT!! I would like to visit Oxford somedaaay.

Carol: I need to eat in Astoria more often! Where should I go?

Ulla: My new housemates are very meat-loving...hehehe. [rubs hands together]

seisei: Tacos aplenty! I need to get some tacos. CAN WE GET SOME TACOS?! Or polish food. ...I haven't even checked out the Polish food in Greenpoint! I am lame.

Duuude if you ever see me on the train again (L train?) you should just poke me! I don't bite. :) It wouldn't freak me out too much. If you see me in the morning I might be half asleep but you should just wake me up. Hahahahaha. I have to admit, I've wondered if I'd ever run into blog readers on the subway. There's always a chance...

JustNancy / November 18, 2008 10:52 AM

I just read your announcement and totally sympathized with your predicament. I'm stoked you found an apartment for a reasonable price and *still* in your preferred neighborhood. *Phew* right? I love my neighborhood (for the most part) and would do my mostest to stay in it if booted from my current apartment. Happy you didn't end up in a basement apartment in Yonkers, hehe...Good luck on the move. (Not that there's anything wrong with Yonkers, mind you...)

Eleanor / November 18, 2008 11:27 AM

If you were willing to leave the USA for somewhere warmer, I know of many spare rooms here in Australia!!!

It would mean having to give up things like pop tarts, peanut butter cups, corn syrup and canned pumpkin puree. Whilst you can find them here, it often involves a special trip.

Congrats on finding a place so quickly!!

It took my housemate and I about 2 weeks or serious searching. I spent most of my birthday at inspections. Grrr!!!

roboppy / November 18, 2008 10:00 PM

JustNancy: My great aunt and uncle used to live in Yonkers!... ...yeah, I do not want to live in a basement there.

Eleanor: I can totally give up that stuff to live in AUSTRALIA!!!! I only use canned pumpkin on Thanksgiving anyhoo, heh.

Rain / April 13, 2010 5:50 PM

I know that this is two years after the fact, but @Eleanor--what kind of SICK world do you live in that has no peanut butter cups?!

peanut butter, powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs and some melted chocolate and you could make your own.

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