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The Alphabet City jingle

Recently, my aunt and uncle visited from the midwest.  They told us about a jingle they and their friends used to say back in the day (1980s) when visiting the neighborhood of Alphabet City in Manhattan.

  • “Avenue A, you’re A-Ok. Avenue B, be careful. Avenue C, wait and see. Avenue D, you’re dead.”

After doing some google searches, I’ve found some others from the 1980s.

  • “Avenue A, you’re adventurous. Avenue B, you’re brave. Avenue C, you’re crazy. Avenue D, you’re dead.”
  • “A is Alright, B is Be Careful, C is Caution and D is Danger”
  • “A you’re alright, B you’re beaten, C you’re cut, D, you’re dead”
  • “Avenue A: You’re OK, Avenue B: Let’s wait and see, Avenue C: You’re CraZy, “Avenue D: You’re dead”
  • “Avenue A, A-OK.  Avenue B, Bad.  Avenue C, Crime.  Avenue D, Death.”

Oh, how times have changed. I recently walked home at 1am and felt completely safe. NYC is not scary anymore. 🙂

My trip to bean town

Today, I’m traveling to Boston for work. My train leaves Penn Station at 8:30am and I pre-purchased the tickets. I’ve been to Penn Station before, but only once to travel by train, and that was on the New Jersey Transit system. Today I’m traveling by Amtrak. Continue reading


I was walking through the city on Friday and noticed this parking lot. In the city, you’ve gotta get creative.

Compost Cookie

Ok, so uh, yeah. It’s actually quite delicious.

compost cookie ® – pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips


So I live in Manhattan now.

After my second weekend in the city, I have become even more convinced, this was a great decision. Being here, there is so much more available and it is so much easier to get everywhere.

I feel like I’ve been going non-stop and it’s been really fun. I’ll try to update more to let you in on everything I’ve discovered!

My Move to the City

So. It’s happening. We are moving into Manhattan! Woo hoo!

The glitch in all of this is that my lease is up May 31st and we move into our new place June 8th. D’oh! So I’m moving my stuff to Roxxan’s apartment for a week until the big move.

Selling excess stuff

When I moved initially to New York, I sold or gave away most everything. I had a washer/dryer, sofa and loveseat, big screen TV, entertainment center, bed, desk, plus other stuff. Some I did sell on a local website.

This time around, I went with Craigslist.

What I learned:

  • When you list your items, give a DETAILED description. If it’s an air conditioner, list the BTUs, if a chair, list dimensions, the more description the better.
  • Expect people to not show up.
  • First come, first serve. Do not wait for other people to get back to you.
  • Don’t list your address. I listed my intersection, then we someone contacted me to come see the item, I gave them my phone number (which is a mobile, so it’s not listed) and then gave them my address without my apartment number. I told them to call me when they got here, then I’d give them the apartment number and meet them downstairs.

I had one guy contact me to buy my bed and couch. When I called him and told him the address, he paused. “What’s the address again? I think I’m moving in there!” Turns out he was and ON MY FLOOR. He bought my bed, my couch, my shelves and my coffee table. Pretty awesome.

Hiring a mover

For the short term move to my sister’s for a week, I used Band with a Van. My sister found him on Yelp. If you are in New York City, and need a mover, give him a call. For our move to the city, we need a bigger capacity, otherwise we’d use him again.