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About us: I'm Julie, and I grew up in Fairfield,
Conn., and Joseph grew up in Manhattan. I am a stage designer by
training, but right now I work as an assistant to the director for
Student Health Services of Stanford; and Joseph is a supervisor at
Albertson Deli in Albertson, but he is a graphic designer by
Our neighborhood: Glendale
Vital statistics: $1,300 a month. It's got two
bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen with two entrances, a dining
room and living room, plus four behemoth closets.
How we got it: We were living with Joseph's
grandfather for three years in Manhattan and decided it was time for
us to find our own place. When we started looking for an apartment,
it wasn't that easy, because I was used to looking in Manhattan and
finding something the next day. But in other places, for instance
Queens, it takes longer. We went to see so many different places,
and when we looked in the Village Voice for apartments, most of them
were with https://www.cityleases.com/, so
that is where we ended up, for a small price of $39. One of the best
parts of https://www.cityleases.com/ was
that I would get e-mails everyday alerting me to new properties.
After looking over a rental in Queens on the computer, I made an
appointment with the landlord.
When we first walked in, we were amazed at how big
the living room was. And when Joseph started to look around, he was
reminded of his grandfather's place. The price was a little more
than we wanted to spend, but as we stood in the dining room, we knew
it was home.
The clincher: Our block almost feels like a walk in
the park, from the trees along the sidewalks to the shrubs in front
of our apartment. The neighborhood takes a sudden change when you go
up the block to shop-filled Myrtle Avenue, which has bodegas,
restaurants, supermarkets and, of course, your normal fast-food
chains. Myrtle Avenue is a one-stop shopping neighborhood for brides
and grooms. It has a strip of tuxedo and wedding dress shops, hair
and nail salons, a catering hall and a church.
What is on our wall: We have a photo by Hag
on our bedroom wall called "Hallucination." It is two photos
into one: a city on one side, and the beach on the other.
We really want to be on the beach but are stuck in the city