New York City is one of the wealthiest and most powerful cities in the world today, but this doesn’t mean this city has no issues.
Manhattan is becoming an island of the rich. The cost of the living is being increased constantly.
The rent in NYC starts from $2000 for a tiny studio, which locals call “the shoe box”.
SoHo, for instance, in downtown Manhattan, used to be the center and home of many talented artists, but the studio in Soho costs $3000+.
No artist can afford such price. NYC artists were forced to leave Manhattan and move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
At the time of the artistic community relocation, that part of Brooklyn was nothing special. Since artists moved to Williamsburg, they made this area to be one of the most interesting spots of NYC with tons of galleries, music venues, cute bars, coffee shops and organic stores. The rent in Williamsburg used to be pretty affordable, but today, when artists made this area so desirable to live, the studio apartment starts from $1800. And artists, again, are forced to search for cheaper areas of NYC.
Many New Yorkers leave New York State to find more affordable areas of the United States. New business owners move out of NYC, because New York taxes are very high. Many New Yorkers relocate to California or Nevada, which, they believe, bring them and their families much better quality life with clean air, the nature all around and an opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables with no chemicals and pesticides.
Life in NYC for a regular hard working individual is pretty tough. Singles usually share their apartments with roommates; families can barely afford to buy a small house somewhere in Long Island or Staten Island, about an hour or more from Manhattan, commuting daily to work. Majority of the middle class New Yorkers owe banks a big amount of money: credit cards, mortgage and student loans. Food is expensive if you care about your health and buy organic and no GMO. The air quality is poor. The weather is unpredictable. Subways are dirty, crowded and become also not so cheap. NYC is powerful, beautiful and exciting, if you can afford it. But don’t assume that money means happiness. There are rich Wall Street hard working men and women who easily afford Manhattan prices, but are being 24/7 on call, stressed and traumatized by the pressure such job requires.
To live or not to live in NYC is up to you. It is still a dreamland for many.
Manhhatan is the center of culture, fashion, Broadway with its best restaurants, night life, music and sports scene. It all depends. Some love NYC passionately, some can’t stand it. The decision is yours.
Theia L.J a/k/a PolinaJ is a motivational speaker, life coach, fiction/nonfiction author, yoga instructor and an award-winning musician/producer.