New York, I love you, but you're freaking me out.
I've been working full time and trying to find a place to live that I can afford and it is going nowhere. Bouncing back and forth between Brooklyn and Queens, spending untold amounts of time looking on Craigslist for a room to rent that I can afford, it's just exhausting and to some unavoidable extent demoralizing.
I have money saved for a room to rent. Finding a room in NYC that I can afford on my regular income has been a massive trial. Frankly, I have no idea how anyone affords to live in New York without making at least $15 an hour or more. This game is rigged, and I feel like a fool for continuing to play a game that I know is rigged and I can't win.
In short, I need a place to stay, and I'm ready to consider leaving NYC altogether for a while.
I don't want to leave New York, my daughter lives here and I love it despite all of New York's faults, but the constant stress of trying to find a place to crash each night is taking its toll on me. I need stability in my life, and though I enjoy my job it is not like I can't find another job, especially one that pays better.
So I guess what I am asking is if anyone has a place I can crash, whether in NYC or outside of it. I have a court date towards the end of June but after that there is no reason for me to stay in New York, though I would like to if I can manage it. I can gladly pay my way, I'm just tired of couch surfing and barely scrapping by while working full time.
slightly more below the fold . . .
I am trying to hold it together as best as I can, but it isn't easy. I know I will get through this if I just hang on. I apologize if I am unable to respond immediately to comments, I am at a computer lab for now but I have to go to work in an hour or so. Any advice or other thoughts, or, hell, even words of encouragement are welcome.
Peace and love to one and all