As a boy growing up on the south shore of Long Island it seemed that everyone I knew had family that moved from the city. It could have been Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx, and even the few that left Manhattan, but it seemed that was the natural evolution in life.
Your ancestors arrived from Europe, lived in the city for a couple of generations and then bought a home in the suburbs of Long Island.
But an interesting phenomenon is happening, there is a reverse migration from the suburbs of Long Island back to New York City. And I am not only talking about those getting a condo in Manhattan. The revitalization of the city under Giuliani and Blomberg has now created movement back to the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn for Long Islanders.
And it is not surprising with the high taxes and slump in schools on Long Island, much of the charm owning the 3 bedroom ranch out on da’ Island is gone.
In the past few years, other Long Island agencies have been strategizing on inroads into the Big Apple, where market, migration and other patterns have come together to make the city look a little more lucrative than the suburbs. Decades ago, crime, congestion, the high cost of living and not-so-great schools launched a wave of eastward migration, including white flight, to Long Island. But now, the city’s market outshines the Island’s, with enough business to convince one of Long Island’s biggest firms, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, to plan for its first Queens office.
New York City has been in the midst of a renaissance. City and civic leaders have launched revitalization projects in long-ignored areas, such as the Rockaways. Gentrification has made places like Brooklyn and Harlem great investments. Crime and congestion have either been addressed or neutralized in many neighborhoods, as the ‘burbs become built up and property tax bills surpass city ones. via Newsday.com.