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Re: anorak loves new york

Post by impabafree » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:00 pm

i went on craigslist the other day in a fit of dissatisfaction with my current apartment, and noticed that rents are definitely down already. so you're picking a good time!

what's a key worker?

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Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:33 pm

Virginia Plain wrote:I want to move to New York. I've been looking at it all, and I'm so utterly tempted, especially as plans to get a mortgage here in London are not working out. I wonder if it's hard to get a visa as a key worker...
Can you really swing it? I found it impossible w/out a randomly government-assigned green card, marrying a person from the country you want to live in, or a company from your homeland sending you over on a visa.

Or, in the case of my upstairs neighbors (fr. Ireland), being qualified to do specialized work and being sponsored to get a work visa by a specific company for a specific job. Is that what you mean by "key worker"? I warn you that the only trouble there is you're completely trapped in/at the mercy of that place of employment. This has happened to a couple of my friends at Harvard.

Good luck, C, and tell me what you find out!

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Post by Carys » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:25 pm

Realistically, it might not be any time soon, although I do gather that English teachers are in short supply (which is what I mean by key worker). I'd been considering to do it before I reach what's known as my 'threshold application' in about four years, but there's surely no harm in considering the options as is.

I think discussions will be had after our brief holiday to NY in February - would be lovely if you still want to hook up.., x

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Post by alongwalkhome » Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:06 am

I'm down south the first week of Feb and that's on borrowed vacation time :( What days are you in NYC again?

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Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:06 pm

FYI UK folks British Airways has excellent prices on flights to the northeast Jan-March.

E.g.:

London - New York £259 rtn (!) 05 Jan 09 - 31 Mar 09
London - Boston £279 rtn 05 Jan 09 - 31 Mar 09
Glasgow - New York £315 rtn 05 Jan 09 - 31 Mar 09
Glasgow - Boston £340 rtn 05 Jan 09 - 31 Mar 09
Manchester - Boston £340 rtn 05 Jan 09 - 31 Mar 09

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Post by Carys » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:36 pm

We're arriving late on Feb 14th and leaving late on the 19th if memory serves. Far too much to squeeze into four days, but I'm sure we'll manage!

Thanks for flight info - we booked our tickets ages ago so that we had to commit to going. I think we paid about £300 each from London, which didn't seem too bad. x

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Post by islandhopper » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:47 pm

I got Glasgow to JFK for £277 in January which is pretty damn good. KLM via Amsterdam seem to be the cheapest going from Scotland anyway (Edinburgh or Glasgow).

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Post by sarahluv » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:22 pm

delta normally have good prices to new york. i searched in $ and direct flights in september came out at $385.

i have a $300 flight voucher to spend. whoot!

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Post by yubo » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:26 am

impabafree wrote:i went on craigslist the other day in a fit of dissatisfaction with my current apartment, and noticed that rents are definitely down already. so you're picking a good time!
I heard that. I heard that landlords are even offering to pay broker fees themselves just to rent out their spaces. Crazy.
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Post by impabafree » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:39 pm

eliot gets here soon, eh?

lots of good shows coming up in the next few months, too, eh? viz:

- Beirut @ Music Hall of Williamsburg Wed. Feb. 4, & @ BAM Fri & Sat. Feb. 6 & 7
- Los Campesinos! @ Bowery Ballroom, Sat. & Sun. Feb. 14 & 15
- The Ballet @ Mondo, Fri. Feb. 20
- The Besties @ Union Pool, Thu. Feb 26
- Oppenheimer @ Music Hall of Williamsburd, Sun. Mar 8
- The Pains of Being Pure At Heart @ The Bell House, Fri. Mar. 13

aaand i turned canadian.

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Post by stolenwine » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:14 am

heh, i was just thinking that will all the "eh". i was about to ask if you WERE canadian!

i think mr.stolenwine and i are going to do a little ny/boston/maybe san franciso trip in may. how far is boston on the train? i should probably be asking marcy this question.
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Post by Carys » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:27 am

I'm going to Los Campesinos on the 15th Feb, if anyone else is.

Sillily, lots of NY pop bands seem to be in the UK while I'm in the "big" "apple". Silly indeed.

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Post by soft revolution » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:31 am

The opposite happened to me - I want to the Cakeshop to see a gig and it was a band from Birmingham!

Have you got your NY trip planned? Pack comfy shoes!
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Carys » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:37 am

I went about 18 months ago but R didn't so I think we'll default to his decision about what to do mostly. I know I want to try and explore Brooklyn a bit, but otherwise I think it'll be aimless wandering. Obviously any recommendations for "Must See" things would be good - my last trip was more touristy than I'd have liked.

Last time I was in New York, there was a tribute to The Smiths in the Knitting Factory. A Smiths Night! In New York! It was like being back in Manchester, only with less familiar accents.

Oh, and would you believe? There's a big school trip from my school going at the same time, so I bet I'll have the misfortune of bumping into some of my students while I'm there. So much for getting away from it all.

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Post by soft revolution » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:54 am

Virginia Plain wrote:I went about 18 months ago but R didn't so I think we'll default to his decision about what to do mostly. I know I want to try and explore Brooklyn a bit, but otherwise I think it'll be aimless wandering. Obviously any recommendations for "Must See" things would be good - my last trip was more touristy than I'd have liked.

Last time I was in New York, there was a tribute to The Smiths in the Knitting Factory. A Smiths Night! In New York! It was like being back in Manchester, only with less familiar accents.

Oh, and would you believe? There's a big school trip from my school going at the same time, so I bet I'll have the misfortune of bumping into some of my students while I'm there. So much for getting away from it all.
I think our trip took in a load of touristy places too, with the constant feeling that there's loads of brilliant places that you'd have to live in NY to know about. There's a comic museum that we didn't go to which looks very good - http://www.moccany.org/

I really enjoyed the one excursion we had into Brooklyn. I'm sure the NY Anoraks can suggest stuff. Aparently Prospect Park is really nice, though Williamsburgh seems to be where stuff happens.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Carys » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:05 am

soft revolution wrote: There's a comic museum that we didn't go to which looks very good - http://www.moccany.org/
That looks right up our street! Thanks for that.

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Post by yubo » Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:32 pm

impabafree wrote: - Beirut @ Music Hall of Williamsburg Wed. Feb. 4, & @ BAM Fri & Sat. Feb. 6 & 7
- Los Campesinos! @ Bowery Ballroom, Sat. & Sun. Feb. 14 & 15
- The Ballet @ Mondo, Fri. Feb. 20
- The Besties @ Union Pool, Thu. Feb 26
- Oppenheimer @ Music Hall of Williamsburd, Sun. Mar 8
- The Pains of Being Pure At Heart @ The Bell House, Fri. Mar. 13
I'd be interested in a fair number of those, as you know. Especially if there's pizza involved.
stolenwine wrote:i think mr.stolenwine and i are going to do a little ny/boston/maybe san franciso trip in may. how far is boston on the train? i should probably be asking marcy this question.
yay! I don't know how far boston is by train. The drive is about 4 hours so I'm guessing the train is about the same. If you book early enough, you can get fares as low as $1 each way with Megabus. I'm totally going to visit Marcy in the next few months and only pay $2 in transportation. I can't wait!

I would like to suggest non-touristy things to do in New York, but mostly my life involves just going to work and the occasional meeting of friends in restaurants/bars, but I don't really have a favourite "must go to" restaurant/bar. Though, if you go into Williamsburg, they have a great pizza place called Anna Maria's. But across the street you can get a whole cheese pie for free with the purchase of a beer (or other drink). But while it's cheaper and bigger (and not that bad in my opinion) it's not half as good as Anna Maria's. Yum. Acutally, I'm starting my list of "must-go-to" places, touristy or not, in New York soon because I think this might be my last year here... :(

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Post by String Bean Jen » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:10 pm

yubo wrote: yay! I don't know how far boston is by train. The drive is about 4 hours so I'm guessing the train is about the same. If you book early enough, you can get fares as low as $1 each way with Megabus.
What? That's incredible. I have never been able to get a Megabus fare cheaper than @ $12 (round trip, I think), even booking far in advance from Chicago to Milwaukee, and they're only 1.5-2 hours apart!
yubo wrote:Acutally, I'm starting my list of "must-go-to" places, touristy or not, in New York soon because I think this might be my last year here... :(
Oh no. :-( New York suits you so well and vice versa. It's somehow comforting to know you're there even though it's not like I get out there all the time.
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Re: anorak loves new york

Post by yubo » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:23 am

yeah, it'll be weird to leave. Though if I go, it'll probably be back to Toronto and that makes me happy too.

BUT New York: Darren Hanlon tonight! woot.
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Post by alongwalkhome » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:31 am

yubo wrote:BUT New York: Darren Hanlon tonight! woot.
Lucky duck!

Hey, Sandy: it's about a four-hour train ride from Boston to NY and is expensive. The bus is a tad shorter and, like, a quarter to a third of the price. Y'all are welcome to stay with me in Boston if you come! x

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