"After my retirement, I was living in the Kesi-ghata, Nathagrama, Radha-Krsna Temple. But this Gosaiji, Gauracanda Gosaiji, he asked me, 'Why don't you come here?' So I left that place. I came here. And with some arrangement, I took this room. But I was always thinking that 'Guru Maharaja asked me, and he asked also some of my other God-brothers, but up till now, nothing has been done. So let me try, at least, at the fag end of my life.' So I left Vrndavana in 1970 and went to New York. Uh, not. 1965. At the age of 70 years. But for one year I had no place to live. I took some of my books, Srimad-Bhagavatam, printed here, up to three parts, First Canto. And I was personally selling these books to the book sellers and to the persons any way. With great difficulty I was pulling on. And New York is a very expensive city, a great city, a great forest. (laughs) And I am poor man. So then it is a long history."
(Srila Prabhupada conversation, October 15, 1972, Vrindavan)