Sunday, July 18, 2010

Brooklyn in the House! Or, er, apartment in Brooklyn!

I've been feeling a little guilty about neglecting this blog. Poor blog. Every year I'm determined to post more often, every year that resolution goes by the wayside. At any rate, I thought I'd just mention that after 8 years of living in New York City, specifically in Manhattan on the Upper East Side (in two different apartments), about six weeks ago I made a big move to Brooklyn. I was a little apprehensive about leaving my huge triplex with a beautiful roof terrace (here's a picture of me on one of my last times on the terrace. Boo hoo.):

I have so many great memories from that apartment. I moved in five years ago during a real transitional period of my life. I met several whole new groups of friends during my time there. I ran a marathon while living there. I had several different relationships, friendships that came and went. I moved in as an Associate Editor, moved out as a Senior Editor. I walked to work in the sun, in the rain, in the snow, in the cold. Many parties, many guests, many roommates, good times, great times, happy times, sad times. But now onto a new chapter of my life!

I've always liked Brooklyn, and have hung out there a bunch, a lot of my friends live in Brooklyn, and overall I was excited the make the change and explore a new neighborhood. To make new memories.

So far so good! I'm loving it. The commute isn't bad--I miss the walk, but it's the same amount of time, I have a lot of different subway options and routes to choose from, and more importantly I'm finding that I have more reading time. I've been running in Prospect Park most mornings. I've been meeting friends in the neighborhood for brunch and dinner and drinks and trying out local places. So many great restaurants to try! And this past Friday I celebrated my birthday in a Brooklyn bar a few blocks away from my apartment.
(I'm holding the youngest party guest!)

I heart Brooklyn! This picture is from today, on a block near my apt:
More soon. I promise.


Anonymous said...

yes, post some more soon.
chris z.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your move, Alvina!

Elaine Magliaro said...


A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

I've gone through a number of transitions in my life. Fortunately, we can bring our happy memories along with us as we move from one period of our lives to another.

Enjoy your "new" life in Brooklyn!

yamster said...

Yay, you're back on this blog! Looking forward to more photos. :)

Gretchen said...

Congrats, Alvina!! I love the beautiful, big feels like a wonderful neighborhood. And Happy Birthday!! Hope your first few weeks of the new year have been blissful! I guess I've checked in on your blog about as much as you've written... seems blog checking is just as time consuming as writing sometimes. Oh,'s to blogging, reading, and writing!

Take care,
Gretchen O.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alvina,

My name is Drorit. I sent you two emails to and hope you can answer.

Thank you

Rawley said...

Ooh, what a beautiful street! I totally understand the guilty feelings about not posting more! Don't you wish you could just blog instead of going to work?? :-)

Stephen Tiano said...

Well, a live publishing peep currently in the old neighborhood. I like the concept of "bloomabilities." It inspires me to add you to my blogroll and, perhaps out of a sense of missed responsibility, to get engaged again in my own blog (on book design and the freelancing thing) that I've neglected this summer.

Good luck in your new home, my old home borough, with your blog, and continued career success!