Should You Leave New York?

Should you leave new york by ari kellenYou may not feel like you want to leave New York, but, as George Harrison once said, all things must pass.  I for one can’t imagine leaving, but I also think you shouldn’t be living in a place like New York if you aren’t going to take full advantage of it.  Blogger Tracy Kaler had an interesting perspective on this, and I really liked a lot of what she had to say:

You don’t want to explore any more: The convenience of being able to explore the unique and exciting neighborhoods of New York is easily the best part of living there.  If you aren’t taking advantage of that, or getting all that you’d expect from the city, then it’s not worth paying exorbitant prices on rent.  

You’re gone more often than you’re there (by choice): Most people in New York should be visiting you in New York, not the other way around.  Unless you work in a field that’s specifically linked to New York, you should maybe move and find a job elsewhere.  

You’re presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: If a unique job offer appears somewhere else where you might actually enjoy living, then you should at least consider it, if not take it, especially if combined with any of the other factors mentioned in this post.

You’re struggling to get by: New York has an outrageously high cost of living.  And if you’re having trouble keeping up with this cost, then leaving might be your best option.  Moving somewhere else could often cut your costs dramatically.  

Your bad days are more frequent than your good ones: Bad days in New York are terrible, but good days are near euphoric.  But when bad days become daily and you find yourself focusing on the negative, then you might need to change something.  

Your mental or physical health is hurting: Studies say that one in five New Yorkers suffer from some sort of mental health disorder.  In a city of 8 million, it’s still pretty easy to feel lonely, and even more easy to feel overwhelmed.  This can take a toll on your mental and physical health.  

You don’t feel anything looking at the skyline: New York’s skyline is easily one of its most unique and exciting factors.  When you don’t feel inspired any more after looking at the skyline, that might be a sign that you should move on.  

from Ari Kellen | New York City Exploration


The Cons of Living in Williamsburg

The cons of living in Williamsburg by ari kellenWilliamsburg might not be the edgy artist haven that it was 10 years ago, but that’s not to say that it isn’t still a great neighborhood.  Indeed, its allure remains, and there are still plenty of bars, restaurants, specialty shops, movie theaters, and boutiques that make it well worth a visit.  For sure, wandering around the Bedford Ave L stop makes for a great afternoon, but living there?  It might have plenty of appeal, but the realities are often a bit different than you’d expect.  If you’re going to move to WilliWiasmburg, these are some

L Train: The L train has already got a bad reputation, especially on late nights and weekends, which is also the time that most people who know better than to live in Williamsburg visit to take advantage of its cool stuff.  Starting in April 2019, the train will be shut down for 15 months to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.  This lack of service is going to be a real pain for anybody that lives off the L but works in Manhattan.  There are certain alternative choices, such as bus connections, increased service on different lines, and bike improvements, but navigating the “L-pocalypse” will still be a major inconvenience.

Hipsters: Among true hipsters, Williamsburg has lost its cred for being too gentrified and “mainstream”.  While they’ve moved onto Greenpoint, Bushwick, there are still hipsters in Williamsburg.  Even if you want hipsters, the ones living in Williamsburg are going to be the worst kind: flush with cash from their trust funds or tech jobs, and with heads full of self-importance and Bukowski.  However, some of the “real” hipsters will still hang out in Williamsburg, whether it’s to go out on a weekend or work as a bartenders or sales clerk.

Price: In a city whose cost of living has few rivals in the US, Williamsburg stands out as one of the most expensive.  The current median rent per month is $3,000, while the price per square foot is $957.  You can maybe get something that’s relatively cheaper, but it’s rare, and you’re going to need roommates, which is always a crap shoot.  And when it comes to shopping, eating, and drinking, you’ll have to put your wallet on ice afterwards.  That being said, however, you’ll still have a great time.  

Tourists: The vibe that originated with Williamsburg has caught on to a strong degree across the pond, to the extent that “Brooklyn” is an adjective in the French vernacular.  As tourists come to realize that Times Square is a horrible place, more and more of them are visiting “alternative” places in the city, such as Williamsburg.  This is particularly notable off the Bedford Avenue L stop.  

from Ari Kellen | New York City Exploration