1 Phase I (Freshman Year)
Fifth Avenue at Washington Square is a perfectly reasonable place for an 18-year-old from Beaver, Pennsylvania to get a sense of his societal standing in relation to the rest of New York, isn’t it?
2 Phase II (Senior Year)
Having discovered that Greenwich Village no longer has any “bohemians,” our little hero convinces the ‘rents to help out with rent in Alphabet City, by which he means “pay it all.” Probably the coolest place he’ll ever live.
3 Phase III (Age 23)
At this point, as the territory known as “East Williamsburg” grows to include parts of Connecticut, our hero, weaned from the teat of parental generosity, learns all about “crazy” roomates and loft life.
4 Phase IV (Age 26)
Wow. Our hero is still here. And there’s a regular paycheck coming in, even if the work isn’t glamorous. Granted, this new place closer to downtown (coastal Brooklyn, Yorkville) is actually much smaller than Phase III, and the hot water doesn’t always work, but at least it doesn’t take an hour and a half to get home.
5 Phase V (Age 32)
A statistical anomaly, to be sure, but our small-town boy has outlasted the wearying slings and arrows of New York City long enough to have something resembling a legitimate career. And man, though it’s pricey, that new place in the West or East Village is perfect — until a bunch of NYU seniors moves in downstairs... Maybe it’s time to think about Westchester?