Chris Garcia, 11/10/11



I constructed Retreat from the pages of AM New York, a free daily newspaper designed for morning commuters. The whole paper is designed to be read in the span of a subway ride, so it is usually pretty sparse with information.

This morning’s A.M New York had an unusually large amount of advertisements and articles about housing in the city. I read about “bargains” like studio apartments going for over $300,000 and $3000 as a standard rent in Manhattan.

When I moved here from Ohio, I had been paying $670 a month for a three bedroom house. I had a garage, screened in front yard and large backyard. Now, I pay close to 3 times that amount for a converted two-bedroom.

I do get it, we all make sacrifices to live in the city and, most of the time, it’s totally worth it.  The thing that interests me, is the stress and difficulty in finding ANYTHING that fits price range,  space, location, and commuting needs. Every New Yorker (except for the 1% we’ve been talking so much about lately) has experienced finding a living space that sacrifices one or more of the afore mentioned criteria. I love New York, but, man, what a hassle!


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