My first experiences in New York will undoubtedly be ones I will not be able to forget. For about a day and a half, I was homeless (along with Alaina and Jesse, of course). I was so happy that I was able to drive through Manhattan to get to Queens without any real problems, but this high was quickly squandered when we realized we had no where to go once we got to Queens.
I had made an arrangement with a woman on Craig's List that I would rent her spare room for the entire month of May. We had communicated via e-mail and phone a few times, and she knew we would be getting to New York on Wednesday afternoon/evening. I had been unable to reach her the day before and earlier on Wednesday, but I figured everything would work out once we got to the city ... Not so. She never answered her phone. It was just about dark by the time we got to Queens, and we had no where to go. We ended up sitting at the bar of a small restaurant with a man who tended the bar, but wasn't a real bartender. lol He didn't know how to make drinks and said he was just helping a friend out.
After a little less than an hour there, Jesse got a hold of her amazing friend Anna, who lives in Brooklyn. Anna had moved into her boyfriend's apartment, and tonight was actually the last night she had her old apartment. She still had a full size bed in her room, which she said we were welcome to. That's right, all three of us lined up like sardines. Not the best sleep I've ever had, I'll say that. But it was so nice of Anna to let us stay, so we were just happy to not be on the street. What a first impression of New York, eh?