I'm a bit annoyed because when all of this NYC stuff originally came up Josh gave me the impression that we would be living north of the city. Which, of course, would be a much shorter trip to Dartmouth and to Poughkeepsie (where I could audit a class per semester for free).
Thursday we spent a very long time searching for places online. It's quite a process because we first needed to learn about the demographics of the neighborhoods, where the trains were, etc. Then we sorted out where we could afford to live. The other thing that's aggravating is that SO many postings online will not give you much detail at all because they want you to call a particular broker/agent... who would charge a hefty fee.
Josh's friend (the one who got him the job), had talked about moving out of his parents place and finding an apt in the city for him and his girlfriend. We had thought that we may be looking for places together. However, they are kind of dragging their feet on it right now because they can (their families live close enough that they can commute for now). Also, they are looking in Manhattan, which we don't think is worth the extra $$$ right now.
I have had two major saving graces. Elizabeth, from the forum, who gave me a bunch of info from her own experience in the area; and my friend Chris, who has lived there all his life and called me yesterday just in time to save my sanity. :)
Chris will definitely be my best resource. Plus I am excited that I will have a friend in the area after the move, especially that it's Chris! I just don't want to bug him too much for help with all of this (anyone reading this surely knows that I don't like asking for help period!)
Okay, it's time for me to call and get Josh's lazy butt out of bed. ;)
We've got more apt hunting to do.
The thing that's most nerve-wracking about all of this -- once it is all settled and we have a place, the panic is not over because I still have to find a job! :P