Life update: I moved to downtown Manhattan last month. My new room is tiny, so my housemates & I built a loft bed from raw lumber.

I wrote down the story of why and how we built it. Read for NYC apartment hunting and move-in shenanigans.

Excerpts below:
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In the post-covid summer of 2021, the Manhattan housing market had become a bloodbath. Almost every unit already had multiple rent applications. We took the first apartment that'd consider us.

My new room is tiny. Building a loft that elevates my bed would liberate my floor.

Zack (@ZacharyPitcher5@twitter.com) designed the loft in CAD and his dad cut the pieces from Home Depot wood.

Zack told me he had to design around a random stripper's pole in my room.

At a high level, our task was to join planks together with 2-inch cylindrical wooden blocks called dowels. I learned how to use a hammer and power drill to create holes for the dowels.

We got our first noise complaint as well. My bad!

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While assembling the loft, we realized that one of the legs was slanted.

That was how we realized our apartment floor is slanted! Just like that one 'How I Met Your Mother' episode.

I’d always longed for the classic New York twenty-something experience.

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Finally, after three weeks, we finished the loft. I now have space to work, do yoga, and host friends.

Huge thanks to @catherinezng@twitter.com, @ZacharyPitcher5@twitter.com, and @HotSaussy@twitter.com for the tireless woodworking.

Check out the post for more details and photos. If you enjoyed the essay, there's also an option to collect a limited edition NFT of it.

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