Brooklyn, Veganism, and My Fantasy Farm (I Swear This is Not the Name of a Hipster Co-op or an Aging Hippie’s Autobiography)

Hello friends!

I’m writing to you from my new local coffee shop in Ditmas Park, BK, and I must say it is quite a dream around these parts. I’m living off of Cortelyou Rd, which is the main strip in this neighborhood, and has many a cute coffee shop and restaurant (plus a local co-op!!!). It has been a while since I’ve updated, which I apologize for- the holidays for me are very family-oriented, so I’ve been technology-free for almost three weeks now (it was wonderful). But I’m now back in the city that never sleeps, and ready to get started with part two of year one. My updates are as follows:

1) I’m living in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn courtesy of one of my co-workers at the underground magazine I’ve been writing for. Her close friend broke up with his girlfriend and wasn’t able to continue paying rent for the two of them in his apartment. My co-worker put me in touch with him, and I’m now living in a MASSIVE bedroom in the cutest apartment ever (he’s converted the closed-off living room into his bedroom). The apartment is kind 0f old which I love, and has a great kitchen and bathroom, not to mention that my bedroom is unfurnished, which means that I’m able to settle into my own room (FINALLY). But seriously, when I say this bedroom is huge, I mean it’s HUGE. Like 15 by 15 (and I’m paying a little over $700 a month, which makes it even more incredible). I don’t have a lot of furniture in there right now, but it has a lot of potential to be fantastic.

2) I’m currently interning in the fashion closet at ze large corporate fashion magazine. I’ll also be starting as an aide at my old job next week, and I’m still working on sorting out a freelancing opportunity with the underground fashion magazine. The fashion closet bit is rather interesting. As far as paperwork goes, I’m listed as a contractor (which is just not true) and HR has no idea that I’m working there. Not exactly comforting, but I figure if I do good work and get noticed, than it’ll be worth it (hopefully). A lot of the girls who work there are extremely vapid, and I’m not sure how I’m going to fit in with that. A lot of them talk about about celebrity news and clothes, and there’s really only so much I can say on those things before I feel like my brain is shutting down. I’m also the oldest intern there, and it shows. Blegh.

3) I’ve officially decided to go vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years now, and it seemed like it was time to throw in the eating animal products towel. That being said, if I suddenly come into a large amount of farm land, than I will most certainly own cows and chickens and eat cheese and eggs (but I’ll never drink milk, that weirds me out). My big issue with eating cheese and eggs is the animal cruelty that goes hand in hand with those products (if you’ve read the recent Rolling Stone expose on this, you’ll know that  animal cruelty is still a serious on-going problem), and I don’t want to support that kind of brutality. My boyfriend’s neighbors have a chicken coop in their backyard filled with chickens that are free to roam around the backyard, aren’t kept in cages, fed three meals a day, and are only cramped when their snuggling together inside the coop when it’s cold. That I can get behind. But until the day that that becomes standard issue, I’ll be vegan.

4) I’m really excited to be meeting with Anna tomorrow to shoot my first interview for N3Y since I graduated! We’ll be shooting in my new apartment and around my neighborhood, so once the documentary comes out y’all can see the loveliness that is Ditmas Park.

I also promise to be better about posting this time around. There’s a lot of new and exciting things happening in the new year, and I’m excited for all of these new adventures!

Peace, love, and vegan curry (I say all of this ironically except for the curry of course),

jz

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