I wanted to get your thoughts on how you're approaching your current living situation due to the city being shutdown and work-from-home etc. Im particularly interested in hearing from folks with alternative living situations outside of the city that they are using now in the interim (moving back to parents house, significant other's home, etc). I left NY over a month ago to relocate to a family member's house and as you might expect, a lot of white collar businesses and financial firms are in absolutely no rush to return to work given our jobs can easily be managed remotely (one silver lining to takeaway from all this). So what initially seemed like a brief hiatus from Manhattan is turning into a possible Q3 or later return, and even then it likely will not be a 100% return to normal. My firm is actually toying with the idea of having people work 20-30% at home permanently, with the remaining days in the office.
In that scenario, I struggle to find a reason to continue "living" in Manhattan and paying these crazy rents if I wont be there for a few more months and even then will only need to show face in the office ~3 days per week. Also nightlife in Nyc probably won't be back to normal for quite a long time, so the benefits of living here looking forward the next ~12 months seem minimal compared to what it once was.
Im curious if anyone is thinking of some creative living situations to adapt to this post-Covid world in the near term. Whether that be moving back into a family member's home for a year, moving further out into the burbs (since you wont have to commute everyday), or some other arrangement. I just can't stand to continue paying so much in rent for an empty apartment in a city that likely wont be the same for quite some time. We've all dreamed of a day where we could get paid what we do without having to pay Nyc rents, and this situation we're in might be paving the way to do so in some fashion.