New York’s Democratic leadership is miserably failing its residents, causing them to flee while they still have the chance. Urban areas like New York City and Manhattan have become increasingly dangerous for law-abiding citizens to walk the streets, turning into a safe haven for criminals. On top of that, the egregious taxes and high cost of living New Yorkers are required to pay makes life in the Big Apple miserable for most citizens.
According to a New York Times report published May 15th, about 5% of the population—which is about 420,000 people—left New York City between March 15th and May 1st as lockdown measures tightened. The data was procured by using residents’ phone locations.
Neighborhoods that were particularly impacted were mostly wealthy residential areas, including SoHo, West Village, the Upper East Side, and Brooklyn Heights. These communities became ghost towns, and the population decreased by a massive 40% after DeBlasio announced he was shutting down schools due to coronavirus concerns.
Demographically, research indicates that, in each progressively higher income bracket, a greater number of people left the state. Lower-income residents were more likely to stay in place, but even some on the lowest end of the income scale still managed to leave the state in light of impending lockdowns.
Not Just The Wealthy
What began as a mass exodus of mostly wealthy citizens escaping New York has trickled down to young professionals also waiting to ditch the state’s metropolitan hubs.
According to a social media survey from the Daily Mail, 69% of young professionals in the finance and tech industries would leave the state if they could work remotely. Other young people say that, unless they get their job back when New York fully reopens, they will not be returning. Many in the tech industry are able to permanently work from home, enabling them to live wherever they want.
Where are all these New Yorkers going?
According to the NYT data, the former Big Apple residents are taking to more suburban areas. While many of them stuck with states close by, like New Jersey or Connecticut, another popular relocation destination is South Florida. Blue state residents are taking refuge in red states with lower taxes. Imagine that.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have allowed New York to fall to ruin during the pandemic with some very questionable decisions that should be subject to a federal investigation. These decisions include forcing confirmed coronavirus patients into nursing homes, selective religious discrimination during the lockdowns, and now their inaction while New York is utterly demolished by rioters.
On Monday night, rioters assumed control of the streets in a full display of anarchy. Once again, businesses were destroyed, looters ran free, and streets burned. Perhaps the most disturbing event was when a driver viciously slammed into a policeman with his vehicle, one of many assaults against officers throughout the night.
Today, President Trump called out New York’s leadership for their disgraceful lack of urgency to protect their cities. He said, “Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all other forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!
Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
If the president keeps the promises he made in his Monday address from the White House Rose Garden, threatening to step in if governors don’t take charge of their streets, we will hopefully see law and order return to New York. Until then, the chaos and disaster the Empire State is seeing will likely cause even more residents to escape New York in the coming days.