It’s whatever works for you but it’s fun and thought provoking to let a realy thoughtful New Yorker unpack her profoundly good reason for living in NYC and nowhere else.
Felice Cohen is an artist, writer and personal organizer and initially she found fame accidently when Kirsten Dirksen, who specializes in YouTube videos about people living in interesting spaces, put up a video about Felice and her 90 Square Ft apartment in NYC.
New Yorkers are used to living in small apartments but 90 Squ Ft is tiny, tiny, tiny and Felice’s enthusiastic embrace of her tiny space struck a chord, so that now over 10,000,000 have seen the video, see above.
And the hook really was not the space but Felice’s philosphy about living in NYC which was your sleeping/living space is your sanctuary and size is not important. Your life, your big life, is actually lived in the city proper, that is NYC, which will provide you with what each person needs, rich experiences.
Now living in huge (by her standards) apartment of 500 Squ ft which she bought, she expands on that philosophy to explain why she has consistently got rid of all the stuff she thought she needed.
Of course that minimalism started because she lived in such a small space but she gradually came to realize that we all have too much stuff and has now made getting rid of her stuff a way of life and art form. And in insisting on how important it is to prioritize stuff over space she defines what the point of living in NYC is for her.
Which is that NYC offers the richest of experiences: so many opportunities to go to interesting places, meet interesting people and then to find in the midst of all that richness and people, your own space that fuels you for the continual embrace of whatever NYC at large has to offer.
Altogether, her reason for living in NYC are one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever read to this truly great city.