I Hate Those “Why I’m Leaving New York” Pieces, But Here’s Why I’m Leaving New York

So I’m moving.

I decided several weeks ago that my time in NYC has run its course. I’ve decided to make my way to Philadelphia for a year or so, or however long it takes to finish my dissertation.


Largely, money. Not only can I get an apartment for much cheaper there, what I get for the money is a lot nicer. Plus, the rest of the cost of living — groceries, utilities, entertainment — is a lot lower.

But honestly, it was also just time for a change. I’ve been in New York for 12 years, and I need something new. I like NYC, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like the right time to move on.

I don’t have to be there (my dissertation and my social media side hustle are both remote), so why not take advantage of that to do something new?

My parents moved to Philly earlier this year, and while that’s not my primary reason for going, it doesn’t hurt. It’s always nice to be near family.

So that’s my upcoming adventure. I’m out of my apartment in NYC at the end of July, and I’ll be in my new place in Philly shortly thereafter. I hope to blog a bit about the transition, and I’m sure I’ll be posting about it on Twitter and Instagram, so follow me there if you don’t already!

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