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Step 61 - Find Your Lifestyle
As I said in one of my recent posts – the world has changed and the way we live has changed. I honestly think it’s time to reevaluate some ideas and solutions about the life we want to l...

Do you even want to get married?
I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage recently (not about my own), because suddenly I spend a lot of time talking to married guys (just as friends). And I started to come...

What Does It Mean To Be Successful? My Five Years In NYC
It’s been five years since I decided to live in NY. These were five difficult years, and yet ones filled many amazing moments and great people I’ve met along the way. But five years i...

Step 60 - What Does It Really Mean To Leave Your Comfort Zone?
“Leaving the comfort zone” became a very common phrase these past few years. It is associated with the idea of breaking free from the life you’ve had so far – with sta...

Choose Your Own Relationship
I’m single so – naturally – I do think about guys and relationships. I’ve been thinking a lot of what type of a guy would actually make me want to be in a relationship. An...

Step 59 - How Many (Facebook) Friends Do You Need?
  I remember when Facebook first came into our lives, we were all kind of proud of the fact that our friend count was growing. The more there is social media in our lives, th...

Step 58 - Are You Able To Let Your Old Self Go?
I’m lucky enough to have a few friends whom I can share my fears, tears and happy moments with. These are friends with whom I can go through any emotional rollercoaster. It’s very...

What’s The Best Dating Advice?
  There are plenty of advisors on the dating scene – there are videos and articles about every aspect of dating, with all these great pieces of advice: “What to do on a date,&rd...

Step 57 - What You Really Need Is A Connection…With Yourself
I lead a life that I didn’t expect to be leading right now. (No, I’m not a princess living in a castle.) Six months ago, I decided not to have internet in my apartment. I have it on my p...

Step 56 - Getting You Off The Hook.
I’ve done some thinking recently and tried to figure out the basic way people come up with an excuse. It’s a broad topic, but I’ve mostly experienced one response from variety o...

Williamsburg Is Over
Summer’s almost here, so I decided to take a walk in Williamsburg, and it just reassured me that… thinks are really over for this neighborhood. I moved to Greenpoint (a sister neighb...

Where is love?
  Love has been on my mind recently (and probably has been unconsciously for a while now) and I started thinking about where to find it. I know it’s a pretty odd thing (...

The Rapid Change of NY

added: 2017-11-10 , category: Living in NY

I went for a walk with my friend on the Lower East Side on Saturday night, and we felt like someone had transported us to another city. We didn’t know where we were or what had happened. I didn’t recognize the neighborhood at all. I had spent a lot of time there over three years ago. I knew those streets, and yet suddenly I didn’t know anything. We were looking at each other and laughing, constantly surprised. Everything is new there!


When a neighborhood changes that rapidly, it can mean only one thing – a new level of money and higher rents. One of the clear (and pretty funny) signs that there are different people living in a neighborhood now is the sudden appearance of…an Equinox gym (an exclusive gym chain in NY, for which membership starts at $180). When I saw an Equinox there, I immediately thought, “Ok, now I know everything.”


The Lower East Side (LES) used be a neighborhood of artists, writers, journalists and designers who make a decent living, but are not necessarily rich. Now, I have no idea who lives there. The change started over three years ago, when new buildings started popping up and small, independent stores started closing down. Today, the neighborhood is completely different. 


It’s not only happening on the LES, though. It’s everywhere in NY. I walk and explore NY a lot (definitely more than 95% of New Yorkers) and I’ve noticed something recently – if I don’t visit a neighborhood for 3-4 months, I won’t recognize it when I come back. That’s the reality of NY. NY has always been “a city that is constantly building,” but I feel that now the change is happening much more rapidly. And it’s all about money. The residents just have more of it now. Not those who have been living in that neighborhood, but the new ones, who are often young kids whose parents can afford that lifestyle. And it ain’t cheap, honey! The landlords realize this, raise rents, and more people with money move in. And they are accustomed to having more luxury items handy, so new and expensive places start popping up. A neighborhood that didn’t mean anything a few years ago is now glowing (like the LES). It’s interesting, but it’s also scary, because NY was never cheap and now it’s getting ridiculously expensive. We work just to pay our rent. Even moving out of Manhattan doesn’t really help anymore, because Brooklyn is equally expensive. Queens will probably join this category soon as well. I’m just afraid that we will have to make a lot of money here, not just to enjoy the city, but to even have a roof above our heads. The only solution to that problem is to work even more, as if we haven’t spent most of our time working already.



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