I don't blame you - I was born and raised there and lived there for 30 years. When I was younger, it was very different. It wasn't the cleanest, friendliest or safest place, but it had character. My father had a union job and he was able to pay for a nice 3-bedroom house with a backyard (my parents paid...
Best answer: I don't blame you - I was born and raised there and lived there for 30 years. When I was younger, it was very different. It wasn't the cleanest, friendliest or safest place, but it had character. My father had a union job and he was able to pay for a nice 3-bedroom house with a backyard (my parents paid $60,000 for it back in the early 70s), and to provide for a wife and 3 kids on one salary. Our neighborhood was a pretty good place to grow up - tree-lined streets, decent schools, low crime rate, the property values kept going up, and our block was one of the more desirable ones to live on.
My father retired in the early 2000s and my family moved away from the city, to the small town in the Poconos where my mother's parents had retired. They sold their home for nearly 7 times what they'd paid for it and managed to buy a place roughly the same square footage for less than half of what their house went for.
Two of my siblings decided to stay in New York City. My sister is currently living in a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria and pays $1,400 a month, plus utilities. My brother moved into a one-bedroom in Bayside where he pays 1,100, utilities included. My sister has to drive around for 45 minutes every night to find a parking spot, my brother has a 45 minute bus ride to the nearest subway station. They both work in Manhattan where they have to take public transportation there and back every day. Neither of them knows any of the neighbors because people don't talk to each other anymore. A night out for dinner and drinks is easily over $100 per person. Their salaries are taxed relentlessly. They can both forget about buying anything. A one-bedroom co-op in a decent neighborhood would run them over $350,000, plus they'd get murdered on the taxes. They're paying around $15,000 in rent annually, and for what? To live in an overcrowded, overpriced, inconvenient, polluted, over-hyped place.
My parents can drive into the city in a few hours, avail themselves of whatever they'd like to see or do, hit up a museum, take in a show, and then they have the luxury of getting out of there and being in their own home on a nice, quiet, peaceful country road where they know all their neighbors and everybody looks out for one another, there are never any lines, there's zero crime, and it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg to go grocery shopping.
I honestly don't know why anybody stays. Truth be told, if I were filthy rich, I'd live right in the heart of it, I'd have a house in the Village or I'd buy a building on the East Side of Midtown or a phenomenal apartment on Riverside Drive, but unless you have that kind of money, why would you bother living there?
Is it the best, greatest, most exciting, diverse and electrifying place on the planet? Yes, but unless you can live the good life and not deal with everything that comes with being one in eight million, screw it.
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