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2010 in Review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high-level summary of its overall health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 114 posts. There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 8th with 235 views. The most popular post that day was “Should I move to NYC without a job?”.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for how to move to nyc, move to nyc, how to move to nyc with no money, moving to nyc without a job, and should i move to nyc.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


“Should I move to NYC without a job?” September 2009


“How to move to NYC with no money” May 2010


Frugal Find #2: An apartment in Manhattan July 2009


Don’t move to Brooklyn July 2009


FAQ June 2009


“Should I sublet over the holidays?”

1 Dec

In New York City, doing the math on what you’re paying for your apartment when you’re on holiday vacation is  downright painful. Sooner or later, it occurs to all of us*: Oh, the money you’d save by subletting!

But if you’re not living alone (and if you’re reading this blog slash new to the city, you’re probably not), getting it right can be an onerous, complicated process that could go south before you can say cha-ching. There are situations that can work, however, and here are some things to think about:

• PLEASE check with your roommates first. You need to consider their comfort level with a stranger being on the premises, too, especially if they’ll be gone over the holidays as well, and their bedrooms don’t have doors that lock from the outside. Most don’t.

• Post your ad on Facebook. That way, you can be dealing with friends of friends. If that doesn’t work and you still really want to do this, and dedicate the time to vetting a stranger, read on.

• If you’re going the Craigslist route, approach it as a hiring manager would. Get references, both professional and person, proof of employment, and meet with them in person. You will get a gut feeling, and it will be correct. If you don’t have time to be thorough, no amount of money saved will be worth the unease.

• Store your valuables at a friend’s place while you’re gone, or take them with you. Even if the person you’re subletting to would never dream of stealing, you do not want to tempt them regardless.

• Make the rules clear. I’d recommend confining their use of the apartment to the bedroom and bathroom, and not offering up extensive use (or any use) of your cookery. Ask that they bring their own bedding, towels and toiletries, even if you are somehow connected to this person.

• Name your price. You probably won’t be able to charge $400 a night for your small quarters, but hell, if you’re not going to profit handsomely from this, there is no point in taking the risks and time it takes to do it right. That said, negotiate.

Has anyone done this, or knows someone who has, who wants to weigh in?

*Full disclosure: I have never done this myself — I am merely part of the tempted masses.

Hey, it’s OK…

16 Oct

• to refuse to take a flyer from that annoying, sandwich board-wearing person in the street, even if they wave it right under your nose.
• to congratulate yourself and your S.O. for surviving the mayhem that is Trader Joe’s, and still holding hands after.
• to pretend you’re running late when a clipboard-wielding Greenpeace volunteer tries to get you to sign something in Union Square.
• to tune out when your friends in other cities talk about how big their apartments are and how cheap their rent is.
• to decide not to buy something off Craigslist when you arrive and find it is not what you want, not what was described or in worse condition than promised.
• to get giddy when “New York, New York” comes on — or whenever you’re in Times Square. (Previously: Stay a Tourist Forever.)
• to bow out of yet another trip to the Met with out-of-town guests.
• to respond to a friend’s story with, “This totally reminds me of that episode of Sex and the City where…”

(The title of today’s post was inspired by my favorite feature in Glamour magazine.)