Escape from NY: City’s wealthiest nabes saw residents skip town when COVID-19 hit

Residents of New York’s wealthiest neighborhoods were almost five times more likely to flee the five boroughs during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic than those living anywhere else in the city, a new analysis from Comptroller Scott Stringer found.

The review of change-of-address information provided by the United States Postal Service revealed the bulk of Big Apple exits came from those who live in ZIP codes where the median income exceeds $110,000 annually, like Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Battery Park City, Greenwich Village, Murray Hill, Chelsea and the Upper East and Upper West sides.

Overall, Stringer’s office estimates that 131,000 New Yorkers moved

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