“The community I lived in was small and we all know each other. She loved the apartment,” Bloom said of his friend. “I wanted to do the right thing.” Plus it’s great to have her in the building.
In mid-September, he left his Bushwick apartment with only a small amount of clothing, suits, shoes, coats, and a few sentimental memorabilia, as he had not collected furniture from his previous rentals. His new lease didn’t even start for him for two weeks, so he stored his belongings in the car and parked it at his parents’ house in Williamsburg. Everything else he gave or threw away to his friends.
“It was like starting over. I was shedding my old self. I wanted to take a little bit of my old life away,” he said.
After being homeless for two weeks, Bloom decided to take a trip to Israel and Jordan and upon his return moved into a new loft the first week of October. He quickly settled into a neighborhood that offered plenty of parking space and his Equinox gym just five minutes away.
Bloom rattled off a list of additional local conveniences. Gas station with mechanic and car wash. barber shops; Indian, Argentinian, Mexican and more. “I’ve never had tacos before,” he said. “There is also a kosher he restaurant and deli that is open late.”
When Mr. Bloom moved in, he purchased a few necessities, including a bed, mattress, desk, lamp, two TVs, dresser, sofa, table and chairs. Still, it’s a slow process. Floating shelves are located next to the unfinished bar area, and the second bedroom is temporarily unfurnished.