I am never moving. Yes, I’ve said this before and probably will say it again (hopefully not for a long, long time) … but that doesn’t change the sheer-terror-based sincerity of this statement today. Right now and for the next two years, at least, I’m gratefully ensconced in a small but reasonably sized junior 1BR at a reasonably low stabilized rent in an excellent location, and reading stories like this — seeing what some other New Yorkers consider reasonable price per square foot — makes me envision being carried out of my apartment in a box. They do seem happy though, so I am not saying they are wrong, exactly… but if I had to pay more than I do for an even smaller and even more densely cluttered place, I would not be smiling like this.
I didn’t put this on FB because I could immediately imagine the responses. Homespaces are probably the MOST personal decision we make. Where we live reflects values, finances, safety concerns, community, amenities, etc etc etc. I know that many of my city friends likewise live happily (or resignedly) in snug quarters. And obviously all of you who don’t live in NYC look around your relatively-palatial homes and think I’m just kidding myself here.
But seriously, look at the shoeboxes these fools pay over $1,000 per month to RENT and tell me they are not maybe a little nutty.