Jun
12
2013

  Family Travel

I'm not sure why it's been so difficult to find an apartment in NYC lately. It really wasn't so hard to find apartments a few years ago when we were travelling when W was a baby. The market has definitely changed. I think now that more people have jumped on the bandwagon, it is actually more difficult to find a suitable rental rather than less. My theory is that back in the good old days, only people with experience as landlords signed up for the internet listing services, and they knew what they were doing, and were reliable and competent. Now, just any old person who will be out of their apartment for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks lists their place, but few seem committed to their listings. It seems to me like there are places listed on a whim, and they will only lease them if the mood strikes. Which is fine if you're the landlord, but a nuisance for someone like me who is trying to plan a family trip in advance.

So I have abandoned the attempt to find an apartment. The deals I would get on hotel suites in the past have also evaporated-- what used to be around $200/night has gone up to $500/night which is way over budget.

So T and I are moving to Plan B for our friend's wedding. It will involve only one of us attending. What is still up in the air is whether we all go to NYC as a family, since the ceremony is early enough we can all attend that. But then T will take the kids up to bed while I go on to the reception. Or T has offered to stay home with the kids while I go to NYC alone, in which case we'll work out whether I fly or drive. If it's just me, I could also stay with a friend (you can fit one adult on a sofa, not so much a family of four).

With luck, the pendulum will swing back the other way at some point, making family travel to the city easier again.