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From colonial times to World War II, the city played host to a curious tradition when everyone in the city moved on May 1. That's right; May Day used to be one massively congested, sweeping shift across the entire city. Apartment Therapy writes, "As stressful as this process may sound, moving day was also looked upon as a kind of exciting holiday; children often had the day off from school. And some households were luckier than others—bachelors were the envy of all men because moving their few possessions was so simple." Lugging a family's-worth of things around the city is still no picnic, so at least a few things haven't changed. [AT via ENY]