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Moving En Masse: The History of NYC's May Day

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Moving En Masse: The History of NYC's May Day

Moving is stressful, there is no denying it. Now, imagine doing it alongside thousands of other New Yorkers. While the 1st of each month still sees an influx of moving vans and sidewalk cast-offs, until around the second World War, most housing contracts, unless otherwise specified, ended on the 1st of May, prompting a mass “musical chairs” of sort, as the bulk of Manhattan moved into new rentals.

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