Posted on August 30, 2020 at 9:57 am by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
Earlier than you head for the hills or suburbs, you may need to learn this cautionary story, shared by Higher West Sider Maureen Cross, who took the leap and left New York Metropolis.
“I’ve all the time lived within the low 80s, east of Broadway,” Cross advised West Aspect Rag. “When the pandemic hit and every little thing began shutting down…” She paused. “I work from home and I’m single, so I depend on the road visitors, the exercise on the sidewalks, and when that simply shut down in a single day, I used to be like, ‘I gotta get out of right here. I’m going again to Vermont the place I went to school.’”
Then, Maureen did the unthinkable. “I gave up my rent-stabilized residence,” she stated, ruefully. “Clearly I used to be shedding my thoughts. I had COVID mind. However, anyway, I did. I gave up my rent-stabilized residence and went to Vermont and signed a one-year lease.”
At first, every little thing was fantastic. “For the very same value as I paid for my studio residence, I received a three-bedroom residence with a dishwasher and a yard and many counter house and a driveway to park my automotive: all of the issues I assumed I needed to have,” she stated. “However after a few month, I’m like, ‘There’s no individuals right here. There’s nothing happening.’ And after thrice of drying my garments within the yard on the clothesline, I’m like, ‘That is carrying off in a short time.’ After a month, I began flats within the metropolis. It was a multitude getting out of my lease.”
However what about the fantastic thing about Vermont? “I like the Hudson River and Riverside Park and Central Park and the park beside the Museum of Pure Historical past,” this diehard New Yorker replied. “These are beautiful to me, completely beautiful. To see the Inexperienced Mountains and Lake Champlain feels a bit of sterile, like a postcard.”
“I feel New York in its lockdown is best than anyplace else in full blown,” she stated. “It grew to become very clear to me. I like New York. I went to the Met yesterday. I used to be in tears. It wasn’t very crowded. It felt a bit of unhappy. I feel the statues and work missed us. The bare males within the Roman gallery have been like, ‘Hello!’
“New York will not be going to die. It’s by no means going to die. It might probably’t die. I don’t even watch the information,” Maureen stated, “as a result of it isn’t the New York I see and really feel, it isn’t. Town is vibrant in comparison with after I left. The shops are open, the eating places are open, the Met is open; it feels alive.
“I’m in my place,” she concluded. “Yep, yep, yep. I don’t care about kitchen counter house, simply give me a bus that takes me to the Met in 5 minutes.”