Why the pandemic has me thinking about leaving New York City – Insider – INSIDER

  • I’ve lived in New York City for the past five years and grew up just outside of it. 
  • When the coronavirus hit New York earlier this year, it got me thinking about moving somewhere else. 
  • With most storefronts and restaurants closed or operating at limited capacity, I wonder if the city is worth the high cost of living here. 
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I grew up just outside of New York City, and the first thing I did after my college graduation was make the city my home.

For the past five years, I’ve hopped around New York City, living in Washington Heights and all over Brooklyn. While everyone agrees the city is too expensive, I’ve always been able to justify it with the exciting life I lead here. But in the past few months, everything has changed. 

Back in March, the coronavirus swept through New York City, sickening many, shuttering storefronts, and changing the city I’ve come to know and love.

This new normal has me rethinking my place in this city and debating if I should start over somewhere new. Here are six reasons why.