Key Highlights

  • 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

Philadelphia                                                          1,456

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT                            1,456

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria                            1,298

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim                           1,131

Boston-Cambridge-Newton                                     1,092

Kingston NY                                                            963

Atlanta                                                                   710

Torrington CT                                                           644

Chicago                                                                   573

Hudson NY                                                               545

Albany NY                                                                 527

Providence-Warwick RI-Mass                                      469

Hartford CT                                                               448

Baltimore                                                                  447

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.

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