My husband moved to NY seven years ago and I moved here five years ago. Between the two of us, we’ve lived in nine different apartments. We each had four apartments before moving in together. With each apartment came a new neighborhood. In NYC a new neighborhood can sometimes feel like an entirely new city.
I never thought anything of our consistent moves until I was in Texas for the holidays this year. Over Christmas dinner my older brother asked me if I was going to move anytime soon. I immediately started explaining the pros and cons of moving and the different neighborhoods where I might be able to find a better deal. As I started to wake up from my monologue I heard myself say, “I mean whatever I do, I just need a change.” I looked up to see my brother chuckling. I defensively asked him why and he replied, “Well, I was sort of joking. You are always moving. Haven’t you only had your apartment for a year?”
In NYC discussing a possible move is a common topic over drinks with friends and looking for an apartment can act as an extracurricular activity.
I got a good laugh from the last portion of this article because it displays the addiction in change. The longer you live here the more change you seem to need in order to feel normal.
"Mr. Harper said that he had cut back on chasing novel spaces, finding the "newness" he had been seeking in his work rather than apartment hunting. Still, he admitted to checking Craigslist for rentals a few times a week. Then he confessed to almost daily perusing, adding sheepishly, "I always think about moving."