APT: Cobble Hill + Four Legs + Life + Health

Getting settled.


Sorry to leave you with those yelling goats for so long! Friday was our big Brooklyn moving day. We said goodbye to DUMBO and hello (again) to Cobble Hill. The two neighborhoods are only a mile apart, but they have very different personalities. Even though we moved out of our first Cobble Hill apartment ten years ago, it still feels like home to both of us. So good to be back! The photo above is the view from our new kitchen. The sunrises are beautiful.

We won’t have internet access in the new place until Thursday (seems so ridiculous that in 2013 they still have to make an appointment to bring you a modem in person and “install” it for you!), so I’ve been using my time to clean, unpack, clean and clean some more. I’ve moved many times in my adult life, and I never feel comfortable in a new place until I’ve scrubbed every surface. This apartment is pretty huge, so it’s taking a while!


The dogs are in HEAVEN. The new kitchen gets a ton of sunlight, so they basically spend their entire days now sleeping and moving slowly across the floor like hot dogs on a roller. It’s also very quiet in the new place, so their naps aren’t interrupted by barking patrol duties.

Isn’t that radiator crazy? There are two of them, and I’m told they’re some kind of old industrial model that’s supposed to be behind a wall. Whatever the story is, they’re very weird and a little scary looking and I love them.

Lots of photos to come once I have steady internet access!!

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  • Reply Grumble Girl February 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Thrilled for you, friend – can’t wait to see pics of the whole place! And those rads are kinda… um… rad. xox

  • Reply Gordy February 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I loved those radiators… much better than the 70s-style baseboard heaters I’ve got in the (otherwise awesome) new place. They’re hard to keep clean though, a can of compressed air is the best way I could think of.

  • Reply kimberly February 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    inching your way closer to ikea, soon you’ll be living in smaaland

  • Reply maja February 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    So funny we are also moving at about the same time (this weekend)! Completely different view though 🙂

  • Reply Simone February 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Good, I was slightly worried that your bronchitis had turned into a pneumonia (god forbid).
    That is really nice about apartments high up that the light is so great. And you get a good workout walking the stairs ;-D Good luck unpacking!!!

  • Reply gardenbre February 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I really loved your description of the two sleeping pups slow-moving across the new kitchen floor in the sunshine, “like hot dogs on a roller.” Looking forward to hearing about Cobble Hill.

  • Reply Ellen February 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    “they basically spend their entire days now sleeping and moving slowly across the floor like hot dogs on a roller”

    Thanks for this image – I actually laughed out loud. I do something similar on my days off, following the sun through my place

  • Reply jennie marie February 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    ‘Like hot dogs on a roller.’ Haha — LOVE IT. My dog does the exact same thing.

  • Reply joy @ OSS February 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Good to hear that you’re settling in nicely!

  • Reply Lizzie February 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I may or may not be in the minority on this—I don’t know, but being an architecture nerd, I love this view way more than the last one. Do you know what those buildings were originally? They’re just insane gorgeous.

    • Anna @ D16 February 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I don’t think anyone would argue against Cobble Hill having beautiful views and buildings to look at! The Manhattan skyline viewed across the East River (not to mention the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges), isn’t too shabby, though, haha. Definitely not a contest! NYC has many beautiful views in many different directions…

      The big building on the left is a former public school (now residential). All of the other buildings were (and are) residential. Most of the ones on that block were built as multi-family apartment buildings, as they are today. Cobble Hill has always been a residential neighborhood, with first-story shops (apartments above) on the main streets.

    • Lizzie February 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Oh definitely, both are gorgeous, certainly not a question of that. But where I live we sadly don’t have any buildings that old, so it’s just really neat to see.

      Thank you for answering my question though! That’s really interesting.

  • Reply eleni February 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Leaving us with those yelling goats was the best thing you could ever have done! Seriously! I was in stitches every single time I re watched it with friends. Thank you!!!

  • Reply Kristen February 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Moving to a new space is always a little bit overwhelming but a little bit fun as well! Looking forward to seeing it!

  • Reply Martha February 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I am the same way about moving… have to clean the oogies! I love how you did the grey and color photos as well 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you do to this place!

  • Reply alicia February 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Smiled at your dogs on the floor with hot dog on a roller comparison 🙂

  • Reply kay* February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    it’s kind of sad how excited and happy i am for you. lol. i can’t wait to see more pics and to see how you make this space your own.

  • Reply Fritz February 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    ” like hot dogs on a roller” LOL

  • Reply Stephanie February 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Can’t wait to see pics of the new place! I just love your cute lil pups by the way…

  • Reply kristy February 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I am so going to try and roll around on the floor like hot dogs on a roller!!

  • Reply Jade Sheldon February 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Haha! Can’t wait to see it in all its glory!

  • Reply Fiona February 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    It looks beautiful. Lots of sunlight is so cheering and it’s a neighborhood you’ve been talking about for a long time. So pleased for you. And yeah, totally get you on the scrubbing every surface. Not one germ of other people’s dirt, no thanks.

  • Reply lisafromjapan February 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

    looking forward to every detail & photo…

  • Reply jeannette February 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    so happy for you. this kind of old building plus your punke moderne straight edge kind of newburgh aesthetic seems so much more your jam than gumbo. dumbo.

    i hope you will tell us more about the neighborhood when you get a chance, and why the vibe is so welcoming to you.

    glad the dogs are pleased, always a good sign.

    • Anna @ D16 February 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      “punke moderne straight edge kind of newburgh aesthetic”

      I’m not really sure what that means, but if you say so…

  • Reply Maria G. February 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Looking forward to more photos of your new apartment. My sister just moved in to her new apartment and I also helped with the cleanup. Yeah, it was not easy even for a small apartment as my sister’s. This is the second time this month that my sister moved because the last apartment she moved in was kind of haunted. I won’t mind the scary radiators as long as there are no scary ghosts. Hehe…I hope you can post pictures of the bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen and all parts of the apartment.

  • Reply Heather P. February 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Glad to hear the move went well, and that the dogs are enjoying their new sunny spots! Can’t wait to see the rest of the place once you get it all cleaned up. I’m totally that way too…I think it’s a smell thing for me. If it doesn’t smell like MY house, it doesn’t feel right. 🙂

  • Reply Florian February 23, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Dear Anna,
    your blog is a great spot and very interesting. Moving to a new house and/or flat is thrilling and an adventure. I only did it once so far.
    Also I really like to see some other areas of NYC than Manhattan and to get to know what it’s like to live there through your blog. Please keep up the interesting stuff here. 🙂

  • Reply megan February 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Congrats on the move! That is my absolute favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn and it’s so hard to find places there! Can’t wait to see how it looks.

  • Reply Amanda February 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Your photos are always amazing! Were these edited on the computer or with an app? .. Would love to be able to do that from my phone! *swoon!

    • Anna @ D16 February 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Photoshop! (And thank you.)

  • Reply Brad February 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Wandered in via Manhattan Nest’s tiling post. Love it here!

  • Reply Annie K March 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Really like what you’ve done with the treatment of the photos. Nice touch!

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