Over 333,000 New Yorkers have left the town because the COVID pandemic started in March – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The city that never sleeps has certainly calmed down since the pandemic.

The people are gone, many forever.

The packing of moving trucks and the mounting of signs for “rental apartments” are signs of the times.

Sarah Diminich is among those who left New York after 23 years.

“I miss the energy. I miss my friends … but somehow, when I think of New York that I love, everything is shut down, ”she told Jenna DeAngelis of CBS2.

When the city closed, she felt isolated in her West Village apartment. She took a trip to Myrtle Beach, where she is from, and embraced the outdoor lifestyle.

“Just so much healthier, physically and mentally, and then I made a really tough decision to leave my New York City apartment and move here,” said Diminich.

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Emma Markham also packed up her Brooklyn apartment and returned to her home state of Massachusetts.

“When my job informed me that we would be away indefinitely, I decided to give up my apartment and mainly focus on saving money,” she said.

You are among the 692,704 residents of the city who requested a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service between March and November.

Postal service data obtained from CBS2 shows that roughly half of these people – 359,318 – have moved within the five counties, while the other half – 333,386 – have left completely.

More than 54,000 people moved to New Jersey, 31,268 to Florida, 23,387 to Connecticut and 21,872 to California.

More than 100,000 went up or to Long Island.

These dates do not include those who left without a formal change of address.

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“You are now using the mortgage interest to leave the city for the suburbs,” said economist Nancy Wu of StreetEasy.

That’s one reason Wu says people move. Others include affordability and space. But there is also an opposite effect.

For example, Brooklyn is now a hot market for those who want the city lifestyle.

“Outstanding sales in Brooklyn hit record highs in October,” said Wu.

According to StreetEasy, rents in Manhattan have fallen nearly 13% and opened the market to attract new residents.

Wu says the city is slowly starting to see some people back, but the introduction of vaccines and the reopening of businesses are two major factors in how quickly people will return if they so choose.

The mayor wouldn’t comment Friday but previously said that New York City would bounce back as before. It’s a good bet.

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Michael Quinn, born and raised in the city, says he’s here to stay.

“There’s nowhere in the world I would rather be than New York City,” he said.

While many have moved, not all of them say it is forever.

“Yes, there is an open door that I would return to New York through,” said Diminich.

You and all of CBS2 agreed there is still no place like this.

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