Saturday, January 29, 2011
New Yorker © Nina Buesing Corvallo
My husband is a born and bred New Yorker and I have spend most of my life here. Out of my entire high school graduation class, I think only three to four people went to college in New York. Me and the husband being two of those. Why go anywhere else?
Some of my schoolmates eventually came home. And some of my university friends also are still in New York. But a lot of people are leaving too.
Yes of course New York is a major metropolis and thus is bound to attract many interlopers. Yet as of late, it seems the exodus is picking up. New York is loud and expensive. And people just get enough. Or worse they can't sustain themselves here anymore.
Some friends from high school ended up in Chicago and lots of people I know from New York moved to California. Some leave without a specific new home in mind.
And then there are those intriguing people who really do a 180: Last year a friend gave up her city life and moved far upstate to run a baked goods store. And another native New Yorker I knew from high school picked up and moved to a small town in Idaho.
Maybe it is as it always was.
But this New Yorker worries when Woody Allen spends most of his time in Europe.