Big city life, is it worth it?


I love New York. Following Paris, it’s probably my favorite city all over the world. When I was 15, her mother took me to her family. You will never forget your first love. New York was the crush of my first trip and has held special places ever since. Recently, an article about the housing situation in the Daily Mail stood out.

City resident was given Some good news Today, a plan was announced to build a block of economically friendly micro-apartments where renters live less than 400 square feet.

Hey New York, good news! You can now live less than 400 square feet, and it only sacrifices you arms, legs and your first newborn!

New York

When the guest is gone, fold the table and the sofa not shown in the photo clutters the little cocktail party and suddenly looks like a bed.

NY is also a mecca for surfing, so you can store your board in the upper storage space.

New York apartment

All apartment units are made in Brooklyn and assembled with a crane. How do you connect to the corridor and lay water pipes and electrical wiring? Wow, some even have four windows.


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Fifty-five new units are planned on East 27 Street in Manhattan, with 40% of homes available to low- and middle-income New Yorkers.

So if you are rich, you can buy it.

The unit is 250-370 square feet.

There is a rehearsal space, an auditorium and a cafe on the first floor of the building.

And the laundry room, and other things you can’t fit in your little little house.

Mayor Bloomberg said on Tuesday: “New York’s ability to adapt to the changing times has made us the largest city in the world.

Mayor Bloomberg’s idea of ​​a sustainable, quality home for his fellow New Yorkers?

Don’t get me wrong, I lived in such a small apartment when I was in college in Paris. But that was a temporary situation. I wasn’t a fully grown adult, looking for a safe haven to relax after 60 hours a week and had a stable 5-6 digit income.

Why is living an urban life in such a situation worth all the sacrifices? I thought only the people of Hong Kong were crazy enough to rent a 90 square foot coffin-sized “dwelling”. It’s not that bad, I hear you say:

– – “I’m young”.. So get a big loft and two roommates. Get two bedrooms and rent the other to tourists via Airbnb.

– – “Earn more”.. You use more. I think NY needs teachers, firefighters and nurses. You are very kind to the position. But if you work in those areas, you will have slightly less living costs in other parts of the country, which are much more affordable.

– – “I love city life”.. Me too. A couple of times a year, I go to big cities and have a lot of fun. Go out, visit your friends, shop, eat, attend big events … you name it. When was the last time you went to a Broadway show? Did you climb on top of the Empire State Building or did you go to Ellis Island? More than a year ago? Isn’t it after you move there? Then you should live somewhere else. Going out to Chipotle is not an urban life. You can do so in any medium-sized town with a median home price of $ 80,000.

– – “Yes, but my kids don’t go to museums / prep schools / cupcake parties on the Upper East Side.” I will not do it. That was one of my big concerns when leaving Paris. Then I realized that the kids in the small town could run around, learn about animals and plants, go camping, cycling, fishing … and take them to the Aerospace Museum once a year.

It would be great if you could afford to live comfortably in the big city.

My cousin still lives in New York. She is married to a trader and works in one of the best museums in the world (not a village gallery). They easily pay a crazy tuition fee for a large apartment, a French lycee for two children and two Europeans Christmas and summer holidays.

They certainly work hard, but they are not slaves to their mortgages or lifestyles.

I’m always trying to limit my rent / mortgage to 25% of my takeaway wages. Housing was in 10-15% condition as I almost always had extra income on top. It’s not uncommon for my promotional friends to see more than half of their wages disappear into rent and commuting (and they spend at least 45 minutes one way to get to work).

Yes, it’s fun to feel like you live in the center of the world.Everything happens there, and some, like this woman, rather want to live. 90 square feet in Manhattan Over 1500 square feet in any other city.

Feliz Cohen lives in Manhattan Apartment It just measures 12 feet x 7 feet.. By choosing to live small, she can live in the Upper West Side, with an average monthly rent of $ 3,600.She just pays for her 90 square foot micro studio Over $ 700 per month.

$ 700 a month ?? I’m having a hard time getting it. You can make new friends wherever you are, but having friends and family is certainly great. Your main concern should be your own well-being and one of your immediate family, spouse and children. If you can’t give them the basics, a room where they have space to play, a kitchen where you don’t have to take turns so they don’t hit each other, and a storage pace Tibetan monk you don’t need to have Discipline, why are you staying where you are?

Guatemalan homes are ridiculously large. Middle-aged and older people live in places where each bedroom has a walk-in closet and bathroom, rooms and baths for maids and guardians, playrooms, reception rooms, living rooms, and more. When we went to Europe, BF was quite shocked by the size of my friend’s place, but they were living a good life. Still, as Mayor Bloomberg offers, the majority did not have to sleep in the living room. Many were considering moving to southern France to get more living space once they had children.

Yes, it’s unfair and everyone should be able to afford a decent home with a middle class salary.However The size of Manhattan cannot be changed.. They can’t build any more houses there and prices will go up with demand. Do you want to live there so badly that you are ready to compromise your well-being?

I like the idea of ​​a small house very much. My house is very small by Guatemalan standards, but there is room for stretching, storing things, making friends, and nowhere else. If you feel claustrophobic, look out the window and you’ll see water and trees, not the creepy neighbors who always forget to dress.

It all comes down to your priorities, but it takes a little time to think about the price you will pay to live in a big city.

– Cost of additional mortgage or rent

– Additional tax

– Rising food prices

– Rising entertainment prices

–Transportation costs

– Commuting time

Is it all worth it?

what about you? Do you live in a big city with a small salary?

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