After a fair amount of consideration, I have decided to move to a new apartment. There were a number of reasons for this decision, but the main ones were noise and location. My current apartment, while fairly nice, is in a building with constant loud noise at all hours ranging from the tap dancing / furniture moving / domestic violence loving family upstairs to the screaming partiers in apartment 2b. While there are no guarantees in a city like New York, I feel confident the new apartment will be at least somewhat quieter (at the very least from above. I will be on the 6th floor with no one above me). The other major reason is location. I find that I spend my life on the subway heading down to the Village and Chelsea where I do much of my hanging out with friends. My new location is on 22nd and 8th ave, right there. I will be able to walk to the vast majority of places I go all the time, and the subway is one short block away. The room is more expensive, but I am in a much more stable financial position than I was 6 months ago, so I figured what the hell. My new roommate seems very nice, and she is around my age which is an added bonus.