Determined to move apartments from Queens to Manhattan, one many only needed some friends and $2.25.
Want to save $1,000 in moving costs? Get some good friends, move locally, and hop on the subway. Here’s the story of one New Yorker who did just that – and lived to tell the tale.
The story comes from New York magazine's website. In it, New York City resident Young Min, an “underground symbol of frugality” saved an estimated $1,000 by convincing his buddies to help him move from an apartment in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens to one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Here’s a list of the items Min and his friends moved across town, all for the cost of a $2.25 subway ride (per person):
- One 40-lb. bag of rice
- A portable closet
- Dishes and linens
- A laptop computer
- A soup caldron
- An air conditioner
Min told New York that his friends balked at moving his bed (which he wound up moving himself the following day). He also had to leave a television behind — it was much too heavy to lug across the city on a subway.
While saving more than $1,000 in an apartment move will likely make Min a New York legend, he still owes his friends repayment in the form of a night on the town in New York.
The 24-year-old South Korean convinced two friends from his language class at the Kaplan School to help with the move. Both friends made it through the first day of the two-day move but didn’t return Min’s calls for help the next morning.