Thursday, December 01, 2005

Get Out Of New York State Before Its Too Late

Just over a year ago, I left Long Island and moved down South. According to a report in todays Newsday, I may have a bunch of Long Islanders following me.

More Long Islanders say they are considering moving away amid difficulties paying for the high cost of housing, a new poll has found.

The poll found the biggest jump in those considering leaving Nassau and Suffolk counties came among those the local economy can least afford to lose - adults in their peak earning years between ages 50 and 64. The results come even as record-low interest rates have decreased homeowners' monthly housing bills, and as regional rental rates have leveled off or even decreased.

"It's just getting to the point that people really are thinking ... is Long Island really worth it?" said Carrie Meek Gallagher, executive director of the Long Island Index, which sponsored the poll.
For me, personally, leaving Long Island was really hard. It was hard to leave behind my friends, family, my beloved Mets, and the corner pizzeria. But having escaped, and now haveing been able to buy a house I never could have afforded on 'The Island,' I can safely say I don't think I'd ever move back to Long Island. I just need to get rich enough to buy a jet so I can still fly back on the weekends for Mets games!


Tubby said...

I saw that story in the paper. It said something like 54% of Long Islanders said they were definately leaving or thinking of leaving the Island within the next 5 years. If that is true, I'm going to be a lonely bastard. But the reduction in traffic on the Southern State will be most welcome!

Cartesian said...

If even 25% of our community left in the next 5 years, who would move in? Is our community population growing at that kind of rate? I would think we would see a lot of houses for sale up here with no buyers. Most New Yorkers just like to complain, to that 54%..I'm calling their bluff...