- To escape coronavirus, New Yorkers moved
- Parts of city began emptying out starting in March
- Based on mail-forwarding requests from NYC, 56,000 forwarding address requests in March and 81,000 in April, two times the number from a year earlier
New Yorkers started “escaping” NYC in March as the COVID-19 outbreak began. The wealthiest neighborhoods left first…Manhattan, the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side. Some went to Miami, others went to New Jersey and still others packed up and moved to California.
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“Right after COVID hit, everyone just blasted out of here,” Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal said. “You could walk just in the middle of Columbus Avenue (on the Upper West Side) and I often did.”
The top destinations for fleeing New Yorkers were Long Island, New Jersey and upstate New York. The Hamptons, East and South, Montauk, White Plains, Yonkers, Great Neck, New Rochelle and Stamford were top spots as were Albany, Woodstock, Hudson, Rhinebeck and Saugerties.
Here are the top destinations for mail-forwarding requests from New York City across the country:
Metro Areas Mail-Forwarding Requests
New York-Newark-Jersey City 16,041
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 1,830
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT 1,456
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 1,131
Kingston NY 963
Torrington CT 644
Hudson NY 545
Albany NY 527
Providence-Warwick RI-Mass 469
Hartford CT 448
Orlando FL 436
San Francisco – Oakland 434
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 418
New Haven-Milford CT 414
Thanks to The New York Times and US Postal Service.