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I Am Not My Job: Why I Left New York City

Feeling bogged down in work? Need advice on how to redefine your identity? Email me at opinionatedally@outlook.com

It was Patti Smith who said, in a talk at Cooper Union in 2010, that “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling.” Smith wrote in her memoir, Just Kids, about coming to New York as a “down and out” young woman, scraping by in a cheap apartment, creating a community of artists, and even at times paying rent with artwork. But New York City has long since priced itself out of this lifestyle, with rent in Manhattan averaging $3,822 and in Brooklyn (the “less expensive” option) averaging $3,035 per month. This means that living in Brooklyn costs, on average, over $36,000 a year—higher than the salary of your average “young creative.” Our salary increases certainly have not kept pace with the cost of living.

When I was living in Brooklyn, I was paying $800 per month to split a three bedroom with two other…

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Why should you listen to me, or anything I have to say?

The answer to that question is simple, you don’t have to. I don’t have any credentials to back up my advice nor am I planning on getting any. What I do have is the truth, the honest truth that you need but maybe can’t be given to you by anyone else. So if you have a problem, big or small, about anything from love, life and the meaning of it all then email me at opinionatedally@outlook.com I will give you my honest opinion, because that’s all I can do, and post it on this blog.
Your identity will be kept totally anonymous just like mine is, I know what it’s like to want a little privacy 😉