Arrived LaGuardia August 29, 2013, in the late afternoon and miraculously got our seven bags into a cab without a glitch. Our first drive into the city was in the middle of rush hour traffic, but we were so excited we hardly noticed. Our apartment is located in Midtown in the Sutton Place neighborhood. Our street is a dead end into the East River so it is quiet and totally residential. Tall apartment buildings and many trees line our block. As you enter our apartment building complex, one walks through a garden path to the main door….very inviting setting and a quiet respite from the hustle of most Manhattan streets.
Our apartment is ideal for us……bigger than we had thought and very light. It is usually used for corporate housing, so it is very neutral…white walls, tan and black Ikea style furniture. We have a nice-sized living room with dining area and found a card table in a closet that we have set up in front of the bay window for our desk/computers. The kitchen is not as tiny as we had envisioned and has all stainless appliances. The kitchen amenities are minimal, however, as most who live here likely eat out all the time. We are making do with no pitchers, butter dish, bowls, or mixer. Our bedroom has a large closet and dresser so we have plenty of room for storage. The bathroom has been upgraded in white marble tile and we are managing with one sink. All in all, we have been pleasantly surprised with our new home. The tenants seem to be of all ages and most are friendly. The area seems to be very safe with people coming and going at all hours past one of the doormen. Our apartment door has three locks!!!!
For our first dinner we walked about two blocks to Mimi’s, an Italian restaurant recommended by William, the doorman, our new best friend! We sat by the window and observed NY life: tight skinny pants on everyone, high platform shoes, many small dogs on leashes or in arms, pizzas and dinners being delivered on bicycles. A great first day!