Hi everyone! I’m Oana I’m Adrian Welcome back on our YouTube channel Today, we’re giving you a tour of our apartment in New York City! Hi, Welcome! Come on in! Come on,don’t be shy! Hi everyone and welcome to our home in New York City! We want to offer you a tour of our apartment and we’ll start from here. This is the entrance hallway. When we we’re looking for apartments for rent,this one surprised us having such a big hallway. Not after the european standards , but the NYC ones. If the apartment has a big hallway is..WOW! The entrance hallway is big enough so we can store the bicycle ,tricycle,shopping cart..etc In this area here we are keeping all the coats and shoes. we need a lot of space for the winter coats. I’m very proud of this wreath is my first DYI project There’s a closet here, that is mostly deep then wide, but it’s helpful to have it. On the 1st shelf we keep Adrian’s roller skates and accessories we’re trying to make good use of all the available space All the way up there we’re keeping the Christmas decorations and I can’t wait to decorate the tree and the house with you next month. All the coats that are for this season,we keep in here,to have it at hand. A.J’s jackets,the rain coats..etc And…..our gym is here on the floor. The dumbbells,weights, yoga mat is in the back, I think we drive our neighbors crazy every morning when we do our workout. That was the entrance in our apartment,now let’s go to the kitchen. Please notice that there’s NO door to open to enter the kitchen And the floors are really squeaky Yea,all the floors are squeaky in old apartments. We never saw an apartment with a kitchen door( not in California,or in New York). Usually people eat out a lot but,we’re Romanians and.. I cook. Besides, by eating at home,we eat healthier and cheaper ,which helps our budget. All the Romanian friends that I’ve visited, (they’re only 2) have a curtain that they’re using to keep away the smell to go in the rest of the house when they cook. I think I need one of these too! We’re lucky, because this apartment has a door frame, because there’s so many apartments that have NO wall between the kitchen and the rest of the house,to create the felling of more space. The living room will have more space without the wall, some apartments have like a small island where you can eat. Other apartments don’t have that island at all, just to give you the impression that the apartment is huge The problem with that is if there’s no wall here, there’s nothing you can do to keep the smell to go in the apartment when you cook. I don’t want to think ,when I bake eggplants to have the entire house smell like that. Don’t worry,the americans don’t bake the eggplants. Let’s see the kitchen now. This is the real deal guys! If you noticed it in our videos Yeah,we lived in California and when we registered the car there, we couldn’t keep the 1st NY plates because NYC had asked us to mail them back here but when we moved back in New York from California, the State of California didn’t asked for the plates back,they let us keep them. so these are our old car plates with California numbers. This was a home gift,but the horseshoe broke It said” Lot’s of luck” It’s a gift from AJ’s godparents Mimi and Felicia! This we bought it from Madrid. Our collection of wines. Looks like we drink a lot. If the rack was empty you could’ve said that we drink a lot but it’s full, and that’s why I mentioned it in the first place. All the bottles are unopened. Let’s move to this corner, Adrian eats some fruits, This apartment has the ancient stove that I’ve ever seen. The landlord said that he won’t replace it with a new one, and we have to take it as it is. So, there wasn’t anything that I could do except to learn to use it 🙂 I use it less,because I hate it,but I use it. There’s also a huuuuuuge microwave but let me see it first if is clean:) Guys,you do realize that we vacuumed,dusted and did the dishes, we took….wait,we didn’t take the trash out. I vacuumed 3 times since this morning all this,to be ready for this video.Come on Adrian, it’s always clean in our home! Turn the camera towards me now! I’m serious,we prepared for this video we arranged all the clothes in the drawers, you’ll see how good everything looks. Let’s continue! I want to show you something that surprised me when we moved to the States , and that’s the size of the microwaves here. and the fridge is huge too. I believe that you can fit a hole turkey in here. and there’ll be some room left after that. There are some Americans,the ones that are not very traditional they cook the turkey in the microwave. Throw this Oana! Up there is a cabinet that’s totally useless. It’s so high that i can’t even reach it. So we’ve stored all kind of stuff that we don’t use very often. We cleaned the stove too! OK,let’s get back to the cabinets now. This cabinets are incredible small. If there’s something that really ,really bothers me is this pol in the middle. that is in my way everytime that I want to put something in the cabinet. Also,the gas meter, that’s ridiculous. This small counter here, is not much for an working area. I don’t want only to complain. Anyway, because there’s enough room in the kitchen to have a table in it, it’s considered to be a “eat in kitchen”. And raises the rent of the apartment. Because you don’t have to take the plate to eat on the couch,but eat in the kitchen at the table. Because there’s not enough space in the cabinets , I have this glass stand , where I keep the mugs and glasses, plates, this are all the plates that I have,and for now,it seems to be enough. Fruits and vegetables, I keep them here. The fridge is huge ! By the way, I have thyme here to dry! This is our kitchen,is decent in size, although it could be better in regards to cabinets space. Here I have Lily of the valley, but they’re not doing very well. It’s because of me,every time I close the window,they get caught in there. If you know why my flowers are dying,besides the fact that my husband is tormenting them every time he closes the window, please let me know, tell me what I’m doing wrong here. Let’s go in the livingroom! I swear that we’ve cleaned the livingroom too! Our livingroom is big enough to fit in , a couch,that’s very comfortable,but doesn’t extend. a desk,for Adrian to work his magic when he’s editing our videos. Now , I might be subjective because i’m his wife,but Adrian is doing a great job with the editing job, so please hit the subscribe button if you like our videos, Thanks to all our 171 subscribers, to all of you that are leaving us comments on our videos, who are engaging in conversations with us, we really appreciate it, and every time you’re leaving a comment, telling us a little about about yourself, it gives me the feeling that I know you a little. This is Adrian’s corner. And let me tell you something about Adrian , and I’ll make sure to repeat it often: He’s a “control freaq”!! He’s obsessed to have everything in check! Adrian told me that both AJ and I ,can use his desk during the day, but when I come home, I don’t want to see anything on my desk.Except for my stuff. Not your laptop,not papers,or paint or whatever else. Nothing! Only his lousy notebook it’s aloud to be on the desk! You should see how he takes all of my stuff from the desk,he piles them up, and puts them on the couch. I love to read your comments! and not just the positive ones, we like the constructive criticism too, as long as is written in a decent manner, Now ,that we’re talking about comments, today I’ll read a comment from “The trunk with dreams” that says: “I told everybody that I know . that I have found a new ,interesting Youtube channel. It’s about a nice family that lives in NYC. The parents are funny and the little boy is wonderful. Thank you so much! The editing job is A+ here’s where Adrian jumped to the roof from happiness , and the images are great. And because I don’t have anything to read now( I’m still waiting for my book order to arrive) I’ve watched all their videos. And I don’t regret it! The topics are diverse, the real life is presented as it is, and the city is amazing. Good luck !” My eyes are watering! Thank you so much for watching us, for liking our videos. We’re glad that you realized that what we’re trying to show all of you is our daily life, with good and bad and all that is going on around us. Living in New York, where the rent is crazy high, the free space is not that big, we have to make sure that we split the space so all 3 of us have a place to do what we like. Just like Adrian needed his work space in this corner, where he can work without interruptions , we made a corner for AJ too. This is how it looks! He loves to read so we made sure he has a bunch of books in his small library, In that huge box in the corner, are the big toys. I tried to organize them by size. This big paper bag is full with puzzles AJ looooves to do puzzles. The toys from this box are being spread through the house several times a day. I can only imagine what my downstairs neighbors have to say about all this noises that the toys are making. This is the newest toy that AJ got. I was thrilled when he received it, it was only this huge thing in the beginning , but then I realized that on every color at the base of the toy, he needs a new toy, according to those colors And I though that’ll I will get away with it,because he’s still little and he doesn’t know that, but he KNOWS,and he start asking for Chase, Ruble, Sky,Zuma,Marshall… So,we had to start buying them all. we only have Ruble, and the pink one,what’s it’s name, Rocky and Chase. Tell me how long ago we took this photo? OMG! This is us, the next day after we got here,in USA. We went for a walk, Come this why,so the light won’t reflect on the glass. I totally forgot about this, although is on the wall. Six years ago,when we came here,I had short hair And I was really handsome! You had more hair honey! I was telling you that we have a little space for everything is this house. And this is where we relax and most of the times I work from here too. I work,hunched over, because apparently I don’t need a desk. Like a cat, I work next to the heater, We have a fireplace screen in front of it, because,it get super hot. You can hurt yourself if you touch it. By now Adrian and I know to avoid touching it, but we wanted to make sure that AJ won’t get hurt.If he plays to close to the heater,or if he trips and fells…etc This is the most awesome furniture piece ever! Oh,yeah!!!! We love this footstools! That’s why we have 2 of them! The couch we bought it from Ikea, it’s not expensive at all. it’s not expensive at all. I would’ve loved if it would extend but it doesn’t. This is a photo from our wedding. I think it happened like…58 years ago. Oh,come on! It feels like yesterday to me! Adi, quickly ,how long we’ve been married for? 9(nine) years. Look at him,he knows! No,this video is edited, I looked through photos and all that and then I gave you the right answer. Do you recognize this? If you’ve seen my previous videos, and he’re I caught you:) You’ll now then when i made this! The printer, take a look at our photos: this is an empty frame, that’s like this since we moved from California I didn’t put one lousy photo in it yet. This is my cat Mitzy,I had him for 16 years, and he died right before I left from Romania. This is a cat that’s not even mine This is a little gift that we got from my aunt and uncle . The TV is here although we don’t have TV cable. We’ve cut the TV cable 4 years ago. We used a TV antenna , is there somewhere, but we’re not using that either anymore. Usually, we stream YouTube from the phone, A.J has some cartoon channels that he loves to watch. we paid $60 on this wireless antenna, you just put it on your window and see whatever channels you’re lucky to catch:) Around 25 channels. But we don’t use this anymore. Our vision board. That still needs to have stuff added on it. I don’t know if the image is very clear, but these are a bunch of bills. There was this huge lottery prize and I hoped that I’ll win that prize if I’ll look at the image of the money everyday. It didn’t happened. The prize past me so fast :)) Next time I’ll win! Another one of our wishes is to have 10K subscribers .With your help we hope to reach this number. and I really hope that when we’ll be 10K we’ll upload this section of this video with thanks and then we’ll change the paper on our board to 100K! Because we have to THINK BIG!!!!! we have to remember to be grateful and healthy. This is a secret weapon. Seriously?? This is the can where we keep the coins. This is the 1st Christmas gift that we bought ourselves for the 1st Christmas in USA. We really wanted something high quality that has a great sound and it lasted very well although we moved a lot and we carried it with us. I’m a little obsessed about the videos where people clean their homes and their drawers. Did you organized our drawers ? No,I didn’t! I want to make a video when I’m doing that. Everybody has a video how they organize their drawers, I kept my drawers as they are ,just to film that. Now I see that i have more drawers over there. Yay! So many drawers! i don’t think I should open this one .Because… You didn’t see this! Here we keep, you’ll make them dizzy,stop it! In this drawer I have all the receipts We keep these for tax purposes. Once/year we do our taxes and we have to have all the receipts for our expenses. I open the drawer and I throw in it the receipts. 2nd drawer is full with Adrian’s gear for photography. See how well organized my drawer is? That’s why you keep a broom in here, to keep everything in check. All the gadgets that he needs. Let’s move to the next drawer. where we keep a mix of documents,more receipts, envelopes, wax, it’s not ear wax:)) We put some wax in this and when the light bulb heats up, melts the wax This is the drawer where we keep our socks. All kinds of socks, and hats too. Adrian has a bunch of hats. This one is thicker the the other one. Let’s see another hat. What do you think about this one? And this one is Adrian’s too. Let’s move to the next one. What do we have here? We have four lousy Tshirts. Adrian’s drawer is full with air. And I don’t have room in mine anymore. I can’t close the drawer anymore. These is where we keep Adrian’s pants. That’s ALL the pants that I have. Shorts,swim shorts..etc That’s the drawer for my pants ,I have 4 pants total. That’s the drawer for my long pants! Only the blue pants are here:) She has 4 more drawers . with green pants. No, these are my long pants, jeans, low cut, ripped…etc ok,let’s move on,because somehow,I don’t have anything to wear. Another drawer for Oana,of course. Yeah,but this has only shorts in it. This is the bathroom hallway . It’s very small. I can’t even stretch my hands. And isn’t to long either. Here’s another closet. And is full with a lot of stuff. Everything that we’re not using,we stuffed it up there. I really hope that they won’t fell in our heads. Bed sheets,towels, coats, T-shirts, a bicycle , obviously, more shoes. Hmm,maybe I should’ve wear some heals for this video. Let’s see the bathroom. This is our bathroom. It’s very colorful . What in the world are you doing here? Seriously? You’re ruining my filming again!!! You’re always in the most unexpected places! I was just trying to take a shower. Get back in there! For a New York apartment ,this bath has a decent size. In the beginning,I was very unhappy with the size of the bathrooms here in New York. And then I realized,that I don’t sleep in the bathroom. How can you tell if a bath isn’t to small? It’s easy! You sit on the toilet and if you have room to move your legs and your knees don’t bang on the walls, that bath is ok,has enough room. With other words, if you have room to wipe your ass, it means that the bathroom is big! Am I right or not? yeah,you’re right,but you should say butt,not ass. We have seen apartments ,where when we tried to sit like this on the toilet seat, we realized there’s not enough room to wipe your butt. You had to go out ,wipe,and come back in:)) Here was an empty space that now we’re using thanks to a coat hanger. The shelf on top help comes very handy for me to keep all sorts of cremes and stuff. I have another hanger on the bathroom door. Here I have AJ’s bath towel, his bath robe, this is my bath robe(I don’t want my neighbors to see me running naked in the apartment). These 2 cloths I use :one for dusting and the other one for cleaning the excess water in the bath. All american baths have the medicine cabinet. The shelves are small, there’s not much room in it. In ours ,we have my hair treatments, “Nurofen” for AJ Aspirin, Calendula cream and more stuff. Tooth paste,we use the one without fluoride, here I have baking soda that we’re using to brush our teeth before bed. After that we rinse with mouth wash. Here I keep the soap bars, more tooth paste, mouth wash, sanitizer, alcohool, another box with medicine, some chemicals, and the clippers. on the window sill I put some shells because I wanted to give the bath more of a beach theme. makes things more pleasant when you’re in the bathroom. Let’s see the last room in our home , the bedroom, and we’ll wake up AJ too. A.J!!! Lately, he’s very attached of this little pumpkin. And he wants to sleep with the pumpkin 🙂 A.J!!!! Time to wake up daddy!! Let’s let him sleep a little more and meanwhile we finish filming. Let me show you the closet. Behind this door is ..another door. This is a closet that I share with AJ. This suitcases are full with clothes. With these suitcases we came from Romania. I was telling you that they’re full with baby clothes, everything that AJ had when he was a baby. We hope to have another baby and this is why I kept all this clothes. Pray for us please,to succeed in having another baby. My very impressive jewelry collection. Couple of bracelets, necklaces….etc Nail polish, Another empty frame, Perfumes, more bracelets, earrings, Like all romanians we have a chair in room with clothes, and socks on the floor. Yeah,I though that the socks won’t be visible in the video so I didn’t bothered to pick them up. This drawer I tried to keep it organized as much as possible, AJ’s socks, sleeveless shirts, underwear, Hmmm,what a mess is in this one Oana!!! Adi,stop filming! What a mess!!!! Stop filming this lousy drawer!! Another empty drawer?? Is not empty, I moved something that was here and now it has more space. Take this dirty socks from here Oana! No,let them there. This is a wipe warmer, Is very helpful when you have a baby. This drawer is AJ’s. Mostly T-shirts,pants. Some of them have stains on them and he wear’s them in the house only. More clothes. This is a wool sweater-vest that Bica made for AJ. For next year he’ll need another one because this one won’t fit anymore. Our bed, where AJ loves to nap. The sun is to bright and I can’t show you the view from the fire escape. Unfortunately we don’t have a balcony. This is our view from the bedroom. A spectacular view of George Washington bridge! 1,2,3 air conditioner units The one in the back we bought it 4 years ago. No, 6 years,since we moved here. 10.000BTU, 5.000BTU and 5.000BTU I keep here the books that I read to AJ at night time, and I need them close. I read to him stories for girls too. I feel that is good to know the Cinderella story and what she has under her skirts:)) Humidifier, AJ’s bed, Let’s go on the couch to continue talking because I think will be more comfortable ok, much more comfortable like this. Let us tell you a little bit about how much money we pay to live here. We pay $2100/month. Really?? We pay $1500/month:)) I really though that we’re paying only $1800. Yeah, in your dreams maybe! We’re paying $2100/month. That’s why you’re telling me to take another job??? Yeah,that’s why I tell him every day to take some extra hours,something to bring more money home. She keeps sending me to photoshoots after work,all over the city. I really though that we’re only paying $1800 and she’s saving the money for a trip. Our rent of $2100 is a little high for a 1 bedroom apartment, But if we would’ve rented a bigger apartment ,with 2 bedrooms,here in this neighborhood, we would pay almost $3000. And it’s to much for us. This is why we said that for now, we can manage to live all 3 in a 1 bedroom, AJ still sleeps in the bedroom with us Let me tell you what I don’t like at this apartment: I don’t like the floors, is squeaky and when you walk, it vibrates the entire house, and you can hear the vibrations, and you can see the TV shaking. I don’t like the fact that all the door frames , I don’t know if you’ve noticed ,but the door frames are metallic . I don’t know what they where thinking . They don’t look bad at all, but at the little hols level(where it should’ve been the door knob) the cold air circulates through the frame and you can hear it and feel it too. It’s weird. I can add something that I dislike at this apartment : It’s a top floor apartment, when it’s raining, we have water that infiltrates in the ceiling Living at top floor can be both a good and a bad thing. But, we are lucky and we have a very reasonable landlord. We don’t have mold,thank God, just that we noticed some yellow spots on the ceiling When the rainy season begins,in the Fall. The yellow spots start to show. But no more then that. A good thing is that we don’t have upstairs neighbors, and is very quiet. The next door neighbors are quiet too, We’ll have to wait and see who is going to move downstairs, because the crazy couple that lived under us had moved out. $2100 to live in a chic area, with nice restaurants. We can give you a neighborhood tour if you like. If this is something that you’ll like to see, please let us know in a comment below. This area is a little more expansive because it has a good school, we had to think at that too. If we would’ve rented couple of blocks down the street the price would be different there. The apartments there are bigger, cheaper rent, but is very difficult to live there,we tried that for couple of years. You can’t rest at night,everybody listen to loud music all night A lot of trash on the streets, noise,people smoking under your window, Not that we would’t like to smoke something but people over there smoke and don’t share with us:)) Thank you very much for watching us, today we are a family of 171 subscribers, and we thank each and every one of you. If you would like to see something in particular from our life here in NYC, you can tell us in a comment, What else? Please subscribe to our channel, if you like our videos,feel free to share them. Fallow us on Instagram The link is here! I have facebook ,and I’m active on it! and I’ll drive you crazy with my DIY projects! Until next time, Kisses By guys! Let’s shoot the introduction!