When May 1st was moving day in New York City (via Ephemeral New York)

When May 1st was moving day in New York City Moving is always hell. Now imagine if a million fellow New Yorkers were also schlepping their stuff to new living quarters on the same day you were. Crazy, right? But this was a tradition in New York since colonial times, lasting until World War II. [Above, an 1859 Harper's illustration captures the confusion] On February 1 of every year, landlords let tenants know how much their rent increase would be, to take effect three months later. If they … Read More

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