Today, as I was coming home from work I almost walked right passed my building because I did not recognize it. Since I moved in to this building in 2009 there has been scaffolding. (the urban umbrella). I've always wondered why this building has not been converted to co-ops. Most buildings around this area have been. I presume it's because of the work that needs to be done. They were re-doing the decks and doing some other stuff. When I filled in the application to move in here, the building manager told me that this was all just temporary. Well that was nearly three years ago and today - they took the scaffolding down while I was at work. The building looks naked without it.
There is still a lot of work to be done. The lobby looks terrible, and my doorman is an old guy who sleeps in an office chair. I'm rent stablized, but that does not mean cheap rent. It just means stable. Management is required by law to offer me a lease renewal, and there is a limit to what the landlord can raise the rent too. When all this work is complete, it is likely that I will be hit with a MCI (Major Capital Improvement Increase). Not sure I'm going to want to pay that. I am paying close to market rent for this apartment now, and would probably have no trouble finding another place in this neighborhood for the same price. But then, moving is a hassle, and it is not likely I would find anything as large.
School is out. I am not taking any summer classes, but I am taking some English classes next semester. I already have the reading list for one of them (19th Cent. British Novels) so I can get the jump on reading. I am sad to report that I did kind of phone it in last semester. I have a lot on my mind, and have been rather tired. But even so, I was able to earn a B, which is pretty darn good for "phoning it in".
Whenever a semester wraps up, I feel as though I am on vacation. I still need to go to work, but I have no projects or tests looming over my head. Since starting school I have neglected my photography, and this really bugs me. Photography is an important outlet for me. I have invested a lot into it both financially and emotionally. I shouldn't let this slip.