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Oct 3, 04 11:00 AM

The Uptown Life.

I went to a friend's place last night--a gigantic Tribeca loft. I live in a Lower East Side apartment that's really quite cool--great blasting sunlight, great roof with a panoramic view of the skyline. and my friend Amity hooked me up with some excellent interior decorating, it looks supercute. But, let's face it: it's SMALL.

I want room for a dining room table I can spread out a Sunday Times on; I want a piano. (not that I play piano, other than in a two-fingered techno-producer style; I just like messing around on 'em)

I want to move to Washington Heights. Way uptown, north of Harlem. Get a big place for the same dough I pay down here. What do I do around here, anyway? There'd be a long commute to see some friends; I would miss the vegan club sandwiches at Teany. There's great street art around here, too. But all the bars and sceney stuff--I just don't take advantage of it much.

I wonder if the commute would wear me down; then again, what do I do? See friends, get dinner; no job to go to. My day amounts to writing, playing, lunch; do I need to be in this groovy nabe to do that?

Posted by Mike at October 3, 2004 11:00 AM

Moving can always be positive. Cleaning out closets, drawers, etc... getting rid of all that clutter, and discovering things you've totally forgotten about. Its a good purge for the subconscious mind. Expansion can be great, and then there's the culinary thrill of discovering the signature sandwich of a new neighborhood.

Posted by: Lauren at October 3, 2004 1:09 PM

i think the word 'nabe' deserves a place in the dictionary.

mike, bill hicks has some jokes about the cost of living in your area. i think you can find them on his album Love Laughter & Truth.

anyway, i'm currently living in ft. collins colorado. there are a lot of things here that i never had growing up, but regardless, i'm moving home to grand forks, north dakota in 1 month and 1 week. i haven't lived there since march of 1998. i think i feel like i can lay low there. which to some might seem an understatement.

i'm moving severely econo. i will downsize all of my belongings to fit into twelve small boxes. not including my backpack and two guitars. (it's a little like therapy for sure.) i will then ship the boxes usps and myself and guitars by greyhound. it will cost less than a one way plane ticket. and then i'm home, where the heart is.

theres a book that i have that says that since the sum of my birthdigits equals 30, then my life purpose is a 3. and that book tells me that i often run just as i'm about to succeed. ugh. like i need that floating around in my head.

Posted by: rob from colorado at October 3, 2004 2:41 PM

come rock it in fort greene: you can escape the madness of the LES, get a new roof with an equally fabulous view of the city, and still be close to downtown. big places for cheap and some great food options as well...

Posted by: jessica at October 3, 2004 5:59 PM

If your into street art you should check out the wooster collective.
they have some amazing stuff. It should fill the void if you end up scratching the itch that is the moving bug.

Posted by: hary at October 3, 2004 6:57 PM

Cleveland has some great college student work, (nudge, nudge). There's no kick-ass "Firetruck" drawing, but we're comparable. Check out Cleveland State University's gallery when you're in town. When are you coming back (on tour)?

Posted by: Emily at October 3, 2004 7:19 PM

The verysame discussion has come up now and again amongst a number of my friends. Two of them have rocked it in the W. Heights for the past few years and have sworn by it. The sheer amount of space you can get up there is maddening to those of us who pay for the smaller, location-convenient spaces... But at the same time, the commute from up there is no joke. On a good day, the express can treat your right -- but on a bad day, you might as well be commuting to Jersey.

But like you said, with no day job, it might be just what you're lookin' for.

Posted by: Kevin at October 3, 2004 10:24 PM

Face it, Mike. You're just an uptown girl and your living in a white bread world.

Posted by: Bassey at October 4, 2004 4:39 AM

go for the piano.

the desire for 'it' usually never goes away.

Posted by: Marie at October 4, 2004 10:16 AM

Compromise - Upper West Side. More space than downtown, more to do and eat than way-uptown.

And rapid access to both Central Park and Riverside Park. Sure they have parks in W.Heights, but they don't have any people in them and are boring.

Commuting is easy - 1239 or the AC,BD.

Posted by: Corey Henderson at October 4, 2004 11:21 AM

Great, just as I'm moving INto the city, you're moving OUT. Mike, do you plan on playing any spots in New York anytime soon?

Posted by: m at October 5, 2004 2:13 PM

Don't do it.

I had the same dilemma, except in the Bay Area and living in the groovy nabe (SF) meant a commute, not the other way around. I tried both. Until I have a family or go broke, I'll always sacrifice the space, cash, and household amenities required to live where the life is.

Groovy nabes supply inspiration and energy no matter how often you explicity engage. And it is best to keep friends close at hand, for those needy moments.

Posted by: amos at October 5, 2004 6:16 PM

the club sandwich at teany is worth missing. it is a definite favorite for me and my dear friend.

Posted by: hillary at October 7, 2004 1:29 PM