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Date three, maybe four. I'm standing on his New York City-sized balcony, swimming in a borrowed bathrobe that is plush and cocaine white in my memory but was probably more like navy blue and in need of a wash. We're passing a joint back and forth through the open door: him inside searching for something on his laptop, me outside wondering where we'll be a year from now. (Hint: not together.) When he finds what...
On the shallow end of what would have been my third summer in New York City, I fell back, a bit bruised, retreated west into the dry, gilded arms of Los Angeles, and watched the city grind on without me. Of course. Two months before I’d been bestowed both a gift and a nuisance: options. The Park Slope apartment building I squeezed into with three women from Craigslist was being sold. We received the preemptive boot...
It all started in earnest about a year ago, coinciding with the release of a book of essays centered around the topic of leaving—or staying in—New York City. Oh, to be sure, people have been writing about the difficulty of leaving—or staying in—New York for decades, but in the last year it seems like we've finally reached the saturation point in terms of sheer quantity of essays devoted to the topic. We don't want...
Thanks to the publication of a book and a proliferation of essays, "Goodbye to All That" has become shorthand for a new literary genre: the Why I'm Leaving New York piece, in which a writer who may or may not be a celebrity explains to you the reasons they'll no longer call this city home. The subtext in almost of all of these pieces is that you shouldn't live here, either, or that it's...

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