300 Pages
Publication date: April 2019


City Nomads

How a Family Reinvented Living in New York City

Leaving your comfort zone. Ridding yourself of dead weight. Re-discovering the center of your life—with a small child and two jobs in New York City, one of the most expensive cities in the world. At first, it’s just an adventurous idea. But then it turns into the adventure of a lifetime: Christina Horsten and Felix Zeltner decide to risk a housing experiment and move to a different apartment in a different neighborhood each month over the course of one year—and in doing so, they get to know both New York and their own life from a completely new side …

„If I didn't have a large dog and way too much stuff, I'd be really tempted to follow in these renters footsteps“


„An amazing story. (...) What a great project!“

Ernie Anastos, New York’s longest running news anchor

“Felix Zeltner and Christina Horsten’s predicament won’t come as too much of a surprise to those used to tales of apartment-hopping New Yorkers. It’s their solution that was extraordinary.”

Ruth Walker, Editorial Director, W42ST Magazine

When they have to leave their beloved apartment on the Upper East Side, Christina and Felix learn that finding a place to live in New York isn’t just complicated, it’s sheer hell: The new apartment in Brooklyn comes with a $400 rent spike, and a new place to stay—affordable, pretty, and central—an unattainable pipe dream. Making the best of their situation, they decide to launch a housing project of a different kind: 12 months, 12 apartments, 12 neighborhoods—from Long Island City, the “village” within the city, to the China and Africa of New York City, through the boroughs of the poor and the uber-hipsters to the forgotten fifth borough, Staten Island. They set out on a housing adventure amidst suitcases and moving cabs, online fraudsters and ever-new neighbors. And on a rebellion against their family back in Germany, who are not overly excited about the whole thing.

City Nomads is the true story of a family that dares to make a new start in the city of cities and, by doing so, reinvents living. It’s motivation for everyone who thinks they are stuck in between all their possessions, everyday necessities, and fear of change. In the end, not only will you have discovered an entirely new world, but a feeling of home that you carry inside yourself.

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