Living in New York City is certainly not easy - the prices are high, the spaces small, and there are a whole lot of visitors making everything more expensive and crowded from now through New Year's.

But as the holiday season kicks off, let's focus on the positive. Here are a few things New York City vertical dwellers have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, in addition to having a place to sleep in the greatest city on earth:

  • So many people leave the city that you will have the laundry room to yourself for the entire long weekend.
  • Half-size oven cannot accommodate an entire turkey so the hardest part of the holiday meal can be outsourced (and there are plenty of places to outsource to).
  • If the meal is a bust, you can still get delivery.
  • It's cold enough that the building heat isn't cooking you like a turkey, but warm enough to enjoy a glass of cider/pinot/scotch on the roofdeck.
  • The new doorman, who will only need to be tipped half as much as the one who just retired.
  • The dollhouse proportions of your apartment plus the Draconian co-op rule limiting the number of house guests means you are off the hook for hosting out-of-town family.
  • Your fifth floor walk-up means you can walk off those pumpkin pie calories without ever having to hit the gym (bonus: The five-floor climb could keep some less-than-welcome guests away).
  • Your lack of a dishwasher will scare away said unwelcome guests who fear having to help you wash up after dinner.
  • Four days of peace from the renovation noise upstairs/downstairs/next door.
  • No room at the card table for everyone invited for Thanksgiving dinner so you get to watch football with your plate in your lap, just the way you like it.
  • Four words: No alternate side parking - meaning you don't have to pay the super to park your car today.
  • The leftovers, and their calories, leave with the guests because the freezer is already full of vodka/ice/frozen meals from the diet you just broke...and it's not like you have an extra freezer in the basement, er, storage bin.

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Half-size oven cannot accommodate an entire turkey so the hardest part of the holiday meal can be outsourced (and there are plenty of places to outsource to).
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