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New York it is!

It's late October now, and per my original plans, I was to be starting my move to Washington, D.C. in November. I have heard nothing from the hiring manager at the new unit I was to transfer to since the market crashed... Therefore, I am abandoning my Washington move at this time and re-focusing upon New York City.

I have extended my move date; however, will probably begin the move in January/February 2009.

The absolute latest date I'll be living in Boston will be the 31st of March 2009; chances are once this move starts, it'll take place rapidly. I will begin boxing non-essential things up in December.

I have located a place to live (at least for the first year) whilst in New York. It's in East Harlem near 106th and 1st Ave. Yeah, it's the wrong side of Manhattan and way north -- but it's in Manhattan, not Brooklyn, New Jersey or Staten Island. Close to the (4) and (5) trains and near the <6> train.

If I take the local train (4) or (5) service, it takes about fifteen minutes to get to Union Square (14th St), including the walk from home to the 103th St Station. That's not bad! Of course, I'll ditch the car and keep the motorcycle. Driving two blocks north up 1st Ave gets me right on the FDR (East Side Highway), so it's not as bad a location as some people think.

Look for the red circle on the map to the right to the right of the top corner of central park and you'll see where I'll be living.

While it's true that the "old New York" (Mineshaft, L.U.R.E., Spike, etc.) simply does not exist anymore, it still has much more to offer than Boston currently does. Subways running 24 hours a day, great nightlife, leather clubs and events, three local airports for travel. As a new ECMC member, it will also allow me to be close to my club brothers. Of course, many of them have retired outside of the city.

All that needs to be worked out is my condo in Quincy and packing up what I'll need in NYC and getting rid of what I won't need. The new place (of course) is much smaller than what I'm used to here... not everything will fit.

It's nice to at least have a plan that isn't dependant upon people that aren't communicating.



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Oct. 20th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
So what does this do to your job situation? Are you still with IBM in your current job?
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)

Both jobs are with IBM; just different departments.

Since the fall of Lehman Brothers, I've heard bad news from my 'new' department (that half the staff was laid off), but none of this is confirmed.

As posted in my prior blog messages, I have sent information requests to who was to be my new manager. I have received only one brief message back from him on 18/08/08: "Thank you very much for your note and update. I appreciate the heads up. I will follow-up with you soon. Thank you again."

Two months later, nothing... so I assume that there is no urgency to my concern about relocating to Washington and starting, although I've heard from other team members that as wondering when I'm going to start as there's a "dire need" for my services.

Honestly, this isn't the best way to start out a new position with a new manager in a new department -- therefore, I've decided to remain where I am, as my current position allows full-flexibility and travel. Having a manager that does not communicate is not worth a promotion.

Oct. 20th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you settled on a city/place. Wishing you the best in Manhattan.
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)

I was excited about Washington, but friends in New York have really been pushing me hard to move back there.

... at least I'll be in the city, not the outskirts!

Oct. 20th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)

or to give it some latin flavor: EL YAY!
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)

I'm very impressed at how nice the Upper East Side is nowadays -- I was just there last weekend and there was a four-block neighbourhood street fair for Columbus Day.

Some new fancy restaurants just opened up less than a block from where I'll be living.

Spanish Harlem does seem to be a big Latino melting pot now everything from Brazilian to Cuban!

Oct. 20th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)

One bone of contention. New York City is all five boroughs. Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island are not the outskirts. Manhattan is of course the most desireable place to live, and rightly so.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)

I am well aware of that. But you know, as do I, that a quick way of getting a potential date to move on to the next person is telling them you live in the Bronx or Staten Island. You might as well live in Ohio!

Overheard in a bar: "What do you mean I can't use my Metrocard on the PATH train?!?!"

Although the five boroughs are considered to be New York City -- look at Google Maps (or any other map) and you'll discover that both internal (New Yorker) opinion, as well as the outside world, New York City is considered to border Manhattan Island. Fair? No. True? Yes.

If I wasn't going to be in Manhattan, I might as well be on Long Island (as opinion tends to go).

Prior to choosing this location, I was looking at the Park Slope area in Brooklyn. I was shocked to see the prices! The upper east side is cheaper and closer to the subway.

Who knows -- maybe I'll find something bigger and closer to midtown or the west village, perhaps I might end up on Flatbush. Time will tell.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
it is indeed surprising that parts of brooklyn (the Heights, Park Slope, Cobble Hill and not too far behind, Williamsburg) are now pricier than parts of Manhattan!
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
LOL...oh yes...Staten Island has been trying to secede for YEARS.

That's okay, the rest of the city doesn't want them anyway.
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations....I'm sure you will enjoy it.

I think I saw you at the Eagle a couple of Saturdays ago....lookin' good!
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I was on the roof deck by the overlook -- my usual spot.

Oct. 20th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Welcome to New York!

Now quit smoking so you can do nasty things to me.
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Quit smoking?


Where have you been?

I haven't smoked in ages!!

Oct. 20th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh I so did NOT know this! When are you coming to NYC? When? WHEN????
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)

Mop up your drool and read my posting all the way through.
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I did. But surely you need an extra visit or two in the interim so as to arrange papers and what not?
Oct. 20th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)

Pushy bottoms get nothing from me.


Oct. 20th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
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