Recent Grads Seeking Nest of Their Own

Ask anyone who lives here, apartment hunting in NYC is a different kind of beast. This week we were fortunate enough to sit down with a member of the team at NestSeekers, yes the very same NestSeekers from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing (even though we certainly won’t be searching Craig’s List for one of those anytime soon).

Thank You NestSeekers!

Thank You NestSeekers!

Now, we had been checking out apartments of other Elon alums for the past two weeks – we’ve been to Chinatown and Brooklyn, Astoria, Kips Bay and SouthStreet Seaport are on deck too and while we saw some pretty nice pads we heard one too many horror stories.

High Above the Sky! Rooftop shot at the apartment of former bridges students.

High Above the Sky! Rooftop shot at the apartment of former bridges students.

It was time to call in a professional. We truly got the inside scoop at NestSeekers (stuff the other guys won’t tell you and would kill them for telling us). Armed with where to look, what to look for, what to bring and what to ask, we’re ready to tackle the beast!

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Visiting the East Village

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Last night my students and I took the L across the island to the East Village. Two alumni of the 2012 bridges program, Laura Cella and Trevor Dunn, kindly offered to show us their studio apartment. They walked the students through their process of renting the apartment and some do’s and don’ts of Craigs List.

Outside the apartment

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Inside the apartment

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Relocation Information

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Last night students traveled to Hoboken and Brooklyn (Cobble Hill neighborhood) to look at apartments. It is important for students to see for themselves the different neighborhoods in the city. Alumni talked to students about cost, commuting, and other important information they should think about before they start the renting process.

Kirsten Lueck and Lauren Murphy talk about their apartment in Hoboken

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Pizza break in Hoboken

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Katie Sherman and her boyfriend talk about their experience with renting in NYC

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Artisanal Cheeses, Arsty Alumni, Astoria

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

I don’t know how many times I say this but Elon alumni are simply the best. To say last night was great would be an understatement. One of my favorite Elon alumni, Dan Belmont, led the students around Astoria, Queens and showed them 2 apartments in the area. He talked about cost, location, commuting, safety and the pros and cons of living in Queens. He first took us to his friend Casey’s apartment and then took us to his apartment to compare.

Students talking with Casey (another Elon alum) about her apartment

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Picture with the group in her huge hallway

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Dan had a great spread of cheeses, fruits, and Gus sodas to share with bridges

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Dan invited over other Elon alumni-what a fun night!

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Relocation Information with Alex and Rebecca in Chinatown

Tonight we visited the apartment of 2 former bridges students, Alex and Rebecca. They live in Chinatown off of East Broadway. They informed students about the rental process and their experiences last year with a broker. We will be visiting apartments throughout the city this week and next to compare neighborhoods and geographic locations.

Chinatown

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Students ordering at Dim Sum Go Go

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Experiencing Chinese culture

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Touring the apartment

Touring the apartment

Great view from the roof!

Great view from the roof!

Thursday, June 7th: Seminar Day #4- Relocation Information

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges in NYC Coordinator

Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. 5 boroughs, 1 apartment needed. As the saying goes, location, location, location but what do you do if you’re on a tight budget? Shane Neil from Rapid Realty visited the bridges group today to talk about relocating to NYC and the ins and out of renting an apartment. Shane was also joined by two of his associates, Albert Bell and Christopher Caldwell. Shane owns the Rapid Realty office in the West Village, Caldwell works in the West Village office, and Albert owns the Jamaica Queens office.

Shane, Albert, and Caldwell from Rapid Realty

Shane created a comprehesive document that covered how to rent an apartment in NYC. Topics included what to know about working with a broker, how to conduct a targeted real estate search, applying for an apartment, when to negotiate rent, understanding your lease, understanding additional fees i.e. utilties, renters insurance, etc. and life after signing your lease.

Lots of good information

After the information session we walked to the West Village to visit Shane’s office and explore the area.  We ate lunch in Washington Sq. Park and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the park’s fountain.

What a beautiful day!