Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We've moved!!

I suppose you're all wondering where I've been lately - I haven't posted in a while.  Not to worry, I'm back - I've been too busy with a number of projects, which I'll post about in a couple of days.

But first, I decided to move my office - my landlord increased my rent by $2000, which I can't afford, so I had to find a new location - and as usual it was a tough chore.  But I finally found something I can handle, even though it's a little smaller than the space I was in on 27th St. for 10 (or was it 11?) years. 

                                                 Packing up the old studio on 27th St.

So last Thursday we made the big move.  My friend Signe turned me on to these Russian movers out of Brooklyn that she used when she moved her studio last year...  The day came, and a lot of people showed up to help pack everything up, while the Russians started moving the desks, tables and file cabinets.  Everything seemed to be going well, and we even stopped for a pizza break - but when the freight elevator shut down for a lunch break, that set us behind a bit.

It looked like there was no way we were going to finish in time - because the freight elevator in the new building was scheduled to shut down at 5 pm, and there was still a truckload of furniture and merchandise that needed to be loaded in.  Meanwhile, the Russians were thinking that the best way around this was to take the truck full of my office furniture back to Brooklyn and put everything into storage until Saturday - then suddenly they were talking about finishing the job on Monday. 

Somehow, my office manager, John Holderried, was able to convince the movers to stay on track and finish the job, which saved the day.  Then he magically got them access to the freight elevator in the new building for another couple hours, so the rest of the stuff could be loaded in.  And he and Wendy stayed late to tell the movers where to put everything, so it all could be done in one day, which was a minor miracle.  

                               The new space on 30th St., waiting for the rest of the furniture

All the order we had in the old studio is completely gone, now we're trying to get our computers, merchandise and files back in some kind of order - not an easy task.  Plus the new studio is chock-a-block with mysterious boxes without labels and we just don't know what's what.

                                                   We don't even know where to start!

Anyway, here is our new studio address - 151 West 30th St., Suite 405, New York NY 10001.  We're trying to get the old phone number moved over to the new studio - but right now, there's no phone or decent internet - so if you need to reach us, please call us on our cell phones! 

We'll be back to regular business really soon!

--Bill Plympton

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