A June supper
By now I have flower-bombed social media with this message and finally it comes to rest here:
SOS. Help needed:
The Frenchman and I have just learned that Graham Hawthorn is not renewing the lease on our Harlem apartment. It expires at the end of August. He says he will be doing renovations which will involve ripping up part of the terrace.
While this apartment and location have come with problems - noise, stress, frigid, expensive and dark winters, neighborhood safety concerns - I am still stunned. The garden is looking very beautiful right now, lush, healthy and happy. I love sitting out there, and the thought of destroying it all at its peak is numbing.
To add to the bad timing, I had just booked a late August, early September trip to South Africa - to see my not-very-well parents, in the 80's. We had been planning this for a while. The Frenchman's ticket was to have been bought today. I have just booked and paid for a visit to the wonderful spring flowers on the West Coast of the country. That trip is probably toast.
So. Dear New York City Universe, with matter-of-fact New York directness:
We are looking for a 1 bedroom apartment with a garden or terrace or roof deck (outdoor space is essential), rent in the realm of $2,500 (we pay less currently, which might be a Harlem thing, and could find more if it was an exceptional fit). To move in by, or before, September 1st. We are pretty open to neighborhoods, and know our rent will probably prescribe the hood. As tenants we are quiet, considerate, and leave the place better than we found it.
The jewelweed forest
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The tame mourning dove (the bravest of of six)
Hey. We may even move back to Brooklyn!