Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Way We Live Part II





This apartment is a basement near Vernon Blvd. in Astoria, Queens. It is occupied by my cousin who recently moved here for a job opportunity. It is his first apartment, but he decided he would move out when he awoke one morning to a garden of mushrooms growing in his bathroom.

I love this apartment for several reasons. The first is that it is small. It feels like you have been enlarged in an Alice in Wonderland land. In his bedroom there is a door, and behind it, a stairway that leads to nowhere. Some might rent this out as a second bedroom. There is a random cube in the corner. My imagination goes wild thinking, what the heck is that cube doing there?

I love the words imprinted on the wall. It says GYPSTEEL right side up and upside down. There is a light switch, the top one has been taped and painted over. Whatever it goes to is ALWAYS on, and should NEVER be turned off. The bathroom has a frenchdoor. What a quaint detail for this non-quaint "bunker" as cuz and hubby coined it. The refrigerator is so mini...it looks so interesting next to its tenant.

Everything is painted white. Maybe the landlord thought the obvious piping, words and mysterious cube would blend in, and the prospective renter would not notice.

There are no closets, so really clothes are the furniture for this apartment. And there is barely any natural light. Might be ok for a day or two, but I would have a hard time living there day after day. Cuz says that when he wakes up in the morning it is as dark as when he went to bed.

There are no outlets in his bedroom, so he has to wrap the cord around the door frame and plug it in next to that mysterious light switch located in the family room, or for cuz, the ironing board room. And one gets all this luxury for close to a grand. Anyone want to move in August 1st?

In case you missed the post on NYC apts, click here. And if you want to see part I, click here.

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