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It’s now a distant memory, but the transience of our city was once a collective experience. For some 300 years, on every May 1, practically all city dwellers would chuck their belongings onto pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages and haul them to a new home.

But when housing shortages gripped the city in the 1940s and rent control as we know it was implemented, Moving Day — a Colonial holdover grounded in the English celebration of May Day — faded into oblivion. And while we no longer move en masse, the majority of New Yorkers continue to rent, and move, frequently.


As many of us know, the experience is rarely enjoyable. There is the physical exertion of packing and unpacking; the disappointment of finding broken dinner china or cracked piano legs, and that feeling of dismay when you survey your worldly goods reduced to a truck full of cardboard boxes. It would certainly be a relief to simply walk out of your old house and have it replicated, down to the order of your spice rack, somewhere new. And it turns out that for those who are willing to pay, Walt Disney was right after all: Dreams do come true.


In recent years, a number of companies have cropped up that promise to ease the hardships of moving, for a price. Don’t like the screeching sound of packing tape as it is forcefully unfurled from its roll? FlatRate Elite, the luxury division of FlatRate Moving, offers a “low-noise” version for up to 0 additional per move. Hate to call the cable and gas companies to inform them of a new address? The company offers a liaison that will do it for you for just 0 a day.

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Would you rather just decamp entirely, swapping the sweltering city for frozen margaritas on the beach? NouvelleView will act as your proxy, for $180 an hour, managing everything from taking an inventory of your home, to creating a budget and interviewing moving companies.

“We oversee every aspect, from the initial strategic plan to seeing that every box is unpacked, ” said Pamela Muller, a principal and an owner of NouvelleView, which charges $6, 000 to $9, 000 for an average-size job; its most lucrative client rang up $25, 000 worth of services.

To Stephanie T. Foster, an experienced mover, and a fixture on the society circuit as a trustee of the Asia Society and a managing director of the Metropolitan Opera, NouvelleView is “a godsend.” As with many of us, her moves have often been “hideous experiences, ” she said. “Haven’t you heard the phrase ‘death, taxes and moving?’ “

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