Incredible as it may seem, for hundreds of years everyone in New York City who was moving from one apartment to another did so on the same day. It was the law!
From Colonial Times until just after World War II, May 1 marked the city’s official Moving Day. The sidewalks would be cluttered with furniture, and street traffic reduced to a standstill.
Frontiersman Davey Crockett, on a visit to New York in 1834, described the chaotic scene.
… It seemed to me that the city was flying before some awful calamity. “Why,” said I, “Colonel, what under heaven is the matter? Everyone appears to be pitching out their furniture, and packing it off.” He laughed, and said this was the general “moving day.” … It seemed a kind of frolic, as if they were changing houses just for fun. Every street was crowded with carts, drays, and people.
Fortunately, New Yorkers no longer have to contend with such madness, and your own moving day doesn’t have to be nearly as stressful. That’s where Movers, Not Shakers! comes in. Not only do they do the heavy lifting, but they make sure everything arrives safely. They’ve successfully packed everything from underwear to antiques—even a tea set given by the Queen.
And now your move can be as green as the spring buds that are reluctantly returning to our trees. Movers, Not Shakers! are dedicated to reducing your carbon footprint, replacing cardboard boxes and tape with stackable, reusable bins. Their trucks run on clean, renewable biodiesel made from cooking oil collected from local restaurants.
On top of all that, they pay a living wage to their employees.
“Cutting costs is less important to us than supporting the healthy growth of our community,” says Movers, Not Shakers! founder Mark Ehrhardt.
Times sure have changed. If you’re looking for a socially responsible move, with experienced movers at a competitive price, fill out their estimate form and get the process, um, moving.