I didn't want to post too much about this just in case I jinxed my chances of getting the place, but I just got the call from the landlord and my application was approved. I'm moving! Not very far, just a couple of miles, but it's double the space and has three times as many windows, plus a kitchen you can actually have more than one person in and a bedroom with an actual door that closes. Even better, it's two blocks from Central Park, one block from rscott and half a mile from Rachel. I think it should be a wonderful change, especially because I work from home so much (and work so damn much of my time, too!).
The downsides are small but will likely be niggling: no dishwasher, four flights of stairs to walk up. I imagine I'll get used to the latter, and I've lived without a dishwasher before so I know I can do it. I'll just make my guests do their share of washing dishes when people come for Shabbat. -g-
Of course, the big downside (if you can call it that) is that I have to move in on Feb. 1, which is Real Soon Now. I think it's going to be a busy couple of weeks!