Rent stabilization keeps me in NYC for much longer than I’d really like to be here. If you aren’t from NYC you probably have no idea what this is. It’s about the housing laws. To maintain my rent stabilized apartment I am required by law to be here for just over 180 days. I adore the city but if you live to travel the way I do, 180 days can become a very long time. Sometimes I just want to jump on a plane and leave. Instead I go exploring one of the many immigrant communities that are tucked in pockets like flamboyant handkerchiefs all around the city. These neighborhood jaunts make “doing time’ in NYC a lot more fun.