I watched intently as my boyfriend raised the pick-ax above his head and slammed it back down on my bulky couch. When I battled that same narrow doorway I knew two and half years earlier when I battled that same narrow doorway to move the couch in that this would be the couch’s inevitable demise. I felt relief as I watched the life get smashed out of the couch. That’s what New York City apartment hunting will do to you. Watching the life leave my couch felt like the perfect ending to the first chapter of my New York life.