Hey everyone! Now that the whole hurricane thing is gone, I'm actually enjoying New York City again! I had the chance to go back to school and meet some friends there. I also spent some time at Bryant Park, which is one of my favorite things to do around school! I'm happy to see that everything is still the same after the summer, and I'm very excited to start my classes. I still have a few weeks ahead before that happens, but I'm sure I will find myself something to be busy with.
The first thing is the apartment. Moving in was crazy. As I said before, my friends and I rented an empty apartment, which means we need to get everything. As most of college students do, we've been doing several trips to Ikea to furnish our apartment. I really recommend it for NYC students, because you can save a lot of money. We have actually gotten everything we need from a couch to bed clothing from the store so we don't have to worry about it anymore. However, furnishing an apartment is a big adventure in Manhattan. Let me give you some information about it, specifically about Ikea.
There are different ways to get to the store from Manhattan, which is located in Brooklyn. The easiest and most expensive is to get there by taxi, which I don't recommend. I took the F subway line all the way to 4Av-9St, but you can also take the G line. Right in front of the subway stop you will find a free shuttle bus that takes you directly to the store. Another option is the water taxi, which is a boat that will take you from Pier 11 to Ikea through the river. It costs $5, but you can get them discounted in Ikea if you do a big purchase.
Once you do your shopping, you will realize that you got more stuff than you thought. We actually had 5 full trolleys our first trip! Therefore, Subway is not a good alternative for the way back. Moreover, you can only take your purchase to the water taxi as long as they fit in a blue bag (those bags are sold for $0.59 at the store). They are not too big, so you might not want to take the water taxi on the way back either.
Ikea offers a delivery service. It usually takes one day, and they will just keep whatever you buy at the store, load it on their trucks and bring it to you. The only issue is that they will give you a 4 hour delivery time, which means they can come anytime during those 4 hours. The cost of this service is a little bit over $100, and it doesn't include the assembling service. If you want them to build your furniture for you, then you have to book it as an additional service, which I'm not sure how much it is. Nevertheless, to build Ikea furniture you need anything but patience!
Another alternative, which I'm not sure I recommend or not... is to get a private taxi. You can negotiate the price and the size of the car, and they will just let you use it as a "truck". There are people in the store trying to sell this service, which I don't know if it's legal or not, but if you're in a rush, you can always talk to them and see if you're interested.
As if it wasn't complicated enough, once you get all your purchase home, you have to build it! I'm not going to lie, the first 30 minutes it's a lot of fun, but after a few hours with the screw drivers, you won't feel the same. Here's my advice, get a power screw driver! (And another one, if you go to Ikea, have lunch at the restaurant and taste the Swedish meatballs... awesome!)
Thanks a lot for reading, I remind you I have an email if you want to send me any question or comment privately: firstname.lastname@example.org . See you soon!